There are a few thing that I believe every young-adult moving to a brand new country will experience. First, will I make new friends? Second, will I find a job? And third, how hard is this whole moving thing really? For me, I was terrified about whether or not I would be able to break into a social group and make new friends in New York. I mean, I've seen the TV shows and movies that portray it as a rough individual place where people use other people as a means of getting what they want... not the life-giving friendship of a small-town community. But, when I first connected with others in Brooklyn coffee shops after moving here, it was nothing like that! I mean, the people were so incredibly friendly... it was awesome!
Second question.... what about the JOB!? Well, it took me a couple of months of searching, but I finally found something as a part-time marketing rep that will hopefully turn into something longer term. I'm willing to work hard and I want to make Brooklyn my home.
Now, about that move. How hard was it? Moving is always a huge pain. There's, unfortunately no way around it. To me, it's a whole lot like getting your car washed. You have two options. You can either get out the bucket, rags, and towels and spend thirty-forty minutes doing it yourself. Everything will be done EXACTLY like you want it. Or, you can spend a few extra bucks, pay someone else to do it all for you, and it will look almost the same. Moving is a lot like that car wash.... and it's worth hiring the best companies and letting them handle the move for you. Sure there are plenty of DIYers out there, but I am not one of them. I'll save the moving for the pros.
While I've loved the last 6 years as a single girl in NYC, a career opportunity opened up for me that I just couldn't refuse. So two months ago, I packed up my tiny shoebox of an apartment and called the moving company. Side note, I used a company out of DC called Cheap Movers DC (www.cheapmoversdc.com). These guys were AWESOME. They showed up on time and got me settled into my new place quickly, even setting up my bed and putting together some shelving for me. Highly recommend. Back to the main point, the adventure of living in a new city! Living in DC offers many opportunities for career, social, and romantic aspects of your life. The possibilities are endless, and they may seem overwhelming at first, though I found it easy to make new friends quickly. You will likely run into people who are from all over the globe, and that certainly makes living in the DC area an exciting adventure each day. Here's what I've learned about living here so far:
It's Cheaper than NYC, but Still Expensive!
Coming to DC from NYC isn't as much of a shock as you'd think. The cost of living is a bit cheaper than living in Manhattan, but it's still relatively high. It was surprising how difficult it can be to get groceries depending on where you live in the city because most stores are way out in the suburbs.
It's Not Fashion Week
A surprising thing about living in DC is the fashion. It's largely professional and sleek at all times. Even younger crowds make an effort to dress in business professional or formal clothing a lot of the time. The further you get away from the city, the less this becomes true. If you're hanging close to Capitol Hill though, you will be the odd one out if you choose to dress with a fashion-week vibe instead of going with the crowd. You can't go wrong with black and navy, and those colors will definitely become staples in your closet.
Exploring Is Worth It
People come to the city afraid. It happens to most people. It's understandable, but don't let that fear hold you back. DC is a bustling city with a lot to offer. The history here is incredible. Don't let minor fears hold you back from really exploring the various neighborhoods like Columbia Heights. The ritzy neighborhoods like Georgetown are interesting too, but don't limit yourself. You will regret it.
Single Women Are Scientifically Proven To Be Happier In DC
DC is considered one of the best cities for single women according to a study by Glamour magazine. The posh nature of DC lends itself to a sort of refined, feminine approach to living. There's more theater and opera and less focus on sports and Nascar. The city rests between the south and north, and that gives it a unique advantage to create a different kind of atmosphere. Maybe it's because single women move to DC to pursue education and their careers over dating. Either way, you'll have a good time.
Finding a Man Can be Hard
If you're straight, finding a single man might be hard in DC, but Forbes has narrowed down the research to help you find the neighborhood with the most statistically accurate information on what area has the most single people. Forbes claims that the Rosslyn neighborhood is the best for single men and women. The only way to really find out is to hit the bars with some friends and see who you meet.
Washington DC is a playground, and I'm so happy that I moved here. The opportunities are endless for single women looking for a change of pace. Regardless of where you end up living in the city, you're going to meet interesting people from all walks of life and have a good time doing it.