The Effects of Growing Up in New York

Growing up in New York City has both negative and positive effects on the behavior and perspective of an individual. But I must say that you would be thanking NYC for honing you to become a better, more prepared person especially with today’s high speed modern changes in the world’s economy and society.

You learn to become independent at a very young age.
There are long commutes to go to school at the age of 10. Yes, a New Yorker has already learned the art of going to and from the school without parental supervision. For most cities and countries, letting your kids roam around all alone is illegal and dangerous. But in NYC, kids are taught to become independent and aware of the people and surrounding they are passing by. In this way, kids in the city are more able to follow directions and even improve cognitive skills by not having to depend on their parents for everything.
New Yorkers hate people who complain about how hard commuting is because they have been doing it since they were kids. They know exactly the ins and outs of long commutes. In their mind, they evaluate the distance to where they are heading. They know how to read directions and know safety precautions whenever there is danger.

You have better social skills than others who didn’t live in NYC
Thanks to parents and guardians who lived most of their lives in NYC, they know that the key to prepare a child in his or her professional life is to improve social skills. Most New Yorkers are adept with interacting to different types of people and taking leadership roles. They are the ones you see in stages and in the forefront of a campaign or business endeavor. They are never afraid to speak their minds and they take action immediately. They don’t hesitate to do what’s necessary. And the best part is, they are not good at making you feel uncomfortable with your own skin.

You don’t care about labels
New Yorkers are one of the people who support gender equality. They don’t care whether you are black, white, brown, or yellow. They don’t have a hard time accepting you as a person. They would even help you be accepted by the society by organizing campaigns that support anti-racial activities and gender equality.  So whatever it is that you want to be in life, you can get by most of the time with a New Yorker. It is already in their system that everyone’s decision in life should be respected; thus, it is just plain normal that you don’t feel uncomfortable with them.

You take action to make the world a better place to live in
New Yorkers have seen everything the world has to offer; be it good or bad. They live in a city pregnant with advanced technologies, modern facilities, high-paying jobs, homeless people, heinous crimes, and social and political issues. With all these in their daily activities, the youth in NYC easily develops this need for a change, to interact, and to take action.

Today, there are thousands of young New Yorkers leading the world and contributing high-tech and environment-friendly innovations. Seeing the need for a much safer place to live in, these people are oftentimes the ones who would start campaigns and advocacies toward a better future, not just for New Yorkers but for everyone in general.
Though NYC is oftentimes seen as a dangerous, over-populated, and costly place to live in, the effect of all these is that New Yorkers become the best people in the world to get by and to lead the world.

Chris Soria

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