Since sophomore year of high school I've had this idea in my mind that I need to move somewhere exciting. In actuality, it was probably a lot earlier than that when I discovered my need to go to a new place, but that was the year when it became a serious thought. For the last two years of high school, I really thought college was going to be my way to put that into action. In fact, all but one school I applied to was located in a major city. I surprised myself when I picked that one oddball school, but I think it was a good choice for me (you know, after I went through my whole I want to transfer process).
When I went on my East Coast college road trip, I basically fell in love with New York. I was actually planning to go to NYU, but eventually declined their acceptance for admission to stay closer to home. I don't think I was at the right place in my life to be completely on my own in one of the biggest cities in the US. I think if I had went directly into a huge city, I would have freaked out. I was terribly homesick at Chapman (that's my school!) and that was in the same state as my family! I was thinking about transferring, yes, but would that have really made any difference to my actual feelings? Probably not. It's weird saying this now since I've been saying the opposite for the past year, but I think it's good that I've finally come to terms with it.
After all this though, I still want to move to a big city. Primarily New York, (isn't that everyone's dream at one point or another?) but I also want to make my way through Boston and Washington D.C. I'm not sure why I have this urge to get to these places since I'm not chasing a dream that solely occurs there (well okay working at The Smithsonian does kind of fall under that, but ignore that fact). I just have always wanted a more exciting environment. A place where I can learn from those around me and get excited about the possibilities that are open to me. Although I didn't exactly grow up in a small town, I don't always feel like I'm getting as much out of the world as I can.
I think I've finally made up my mind that I will move to one of these places after college. I can't stop myself from going just because I'm scared (terrified!) of being on my own in a new city. If I can survive going to college by myself, I can survive a move to a bigger city. Your twenties are supposed to be a time to explore who you want to be and, in my opinion, where you want to be. I'm ready to get out of my comfort zone, even if I have to wait 3 more years to do it.
Have you ever felt the urge to move to a bigger city?