1 Month in The Big Apple (Photo Gallery)

Photo Credit: Celine Elliott; Collage made using PicStitch

This Thursday marks my first month living in New York City. This place has not only filled my heart with love for its many sights, but it has also filled my phone’s camera roll. I’ve sifted through hundreds of my own photos (some, I’m embarrassed to admit, photobombed by my thumb), and compiled a gallery of some of my favorite sights and things about The Big Apple.  My hope is that, through these photos, you will be able to see New York City for the vibrant, bustling, and awe-inspiring city that it is.  Continue reading “1 Month in The Big Apple (Photo Gallery)”

Staying Safe in the City

Photo Credit: Celine Elliott

This week, NBC New York reported the arrest of a suspect in a subway slashing incident. According to the article on NBC New York’s website, the man was suspected of slashing another man across the face with a box cutter on a subway train in midtown Manhattan Thursday morning. This incident brings the total of slashing and stabbing incidents on New York City subways to 52, keeping up with last year’s statistics.

That number grabbed my attention as a new New Yorker, and continued to stay on my mind after friends and family reached out to me worried about my safety in the city. In response to this news,  I thought I would take the time to address safety concerns in the Big Apple.
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A Worm Welcome


We’ve all been the new kid before, trying to find our way in a new place, job, or school (maybe even a combination of these). It takes time and a lot of hard-earned experience to shake the label of “new kid.” I remember the first time I was given this label. It was the first day of fourth grade and my family had just moved from California’s Central Coast to Northern California. As I stepped out of my mother’s car and onto the school’s asphalt, I quickly realized that I stuck out like a sore thumb. Continue reading “A Worm Welcome”