Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Musings on Thirty-Three Months in New York

This summer I find myself having come full-circle.  I came to New York with barely two pennies to scrape together (and really, why would you want to scrape together pennies, anyway?), and now I find myself in a similar situation.

The difference now is that I have two things now that I didn't have then: a law degree (well, almost - grades for graduates are due Friday, and graduation is in two weeks) and six figures of student loan debt (my student loan debt increased by an order of magnitude over the last three years).

I left a comfortable (though hardly lucrative) position at a popular restaurant in my home town to move to New York to find something better.  And now I see myself contemplating applying for similar positions here.  They'd probably pay more than I was getting back home, but everything is so much more expensive here, I doubt that my position would be any more secure than it was then.

Hopefully after the bar exam (which I intend to pass on the first try), things will start looking up, but right now the horizon is cloudy and storms are brewing.

Wish me luck!

This blog will be updated at least twice weekly, and will consist of personal stories, reviews of restaurants and shows, and political commentary.  I'll think about splitting  the different parts into different blogs if I have enough to say, and we'll see how things go from here.


  1. Good luck on your new journey! Apply to every damn law opening in every major city. Look at the City websites for new hires. Send a mass email to all your friends and family to ask around within their network. I'm proud of you and glad you didn't settle on that restaurant job we both worked at in college! Heck send a LETTER introducing yourself to every major and minor law firm in NYC introducing yourself and when you're taking the bar exam. Inquire if you could interview THEM about guidance and advice for new lawyers - what their strategy was when first starting out. Even if they don't offer you a job afterwards, if they agree to see you, they will remember you and maybe down the line reach out to you and it's helping your network of lawyers anyway. Remember to send a thank you letter follow up too. Okay, I'll stop acting like your mother lol.

  2. You forgot something off of the "two things you didn't have then" list... an experience. You experienced a different culture and environment. However ominous the forecast appears, you never know until it happens. Who really knows if those clouds have a silver lining? :-)