Hey everyone! I don't really know how to introduce this post, so I'll just jump into particulars. Pretty much since I entered high school, i've been dead set on moving to NYC. I've visited once (two summers ago), and that trip only made me more determined to move there sometime. My problem is that I'm stuck in little-town Louisiana. I'm in my sophomore year of college, and lots of the excitement has left. There's hardly anything to do here but drink in dorm rooms and try to keep up in classes. It gets pretty depressing, to be honest. Until recently, I was set to stay here because I thought I needed a college degree to make it in life. Sure, i know that college is quickly becoming the new high school and a bachelors is pretty much required for most jobs. I also know, however, that the degree I'm earning here will be virtually useless. See, I'm in a kooky honors program that graduates me with a bachelors degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Humanities and Social Thought. Basically it's English, history, sociology, and foreign language all wrapped up. It's also an abundantly useless degree. Because of this, I've come to realize that what I do for money in my life will most likely have little-to-nothing to do with my major. Meanwhile, I want to be in New York more than ever. I'm tired of waiting. I've spent the last six years waiting to move there, and I still have years to go if I remain here. Not only that, but it feels like I'm only killing time here. I don't have much direction in my studies and I'm not sure exactly how much I'll gain in the long run by having my particular degree. So, to move or not to move? Here are a few plans I came up with last night when (as usual) I couldn't sleep: 1) Drop out of college, move to NYC, get an apartment and a steady job and spend a few years chasing my dreams (drawing comics, writing novels/plays, sewing/fashion design, etc.) If things go wrong, I can always move back to my hometown (Houston), enroll in U of H and get a degree, and work at my parents' shop for that time so I can earn a little money. 2) Drop out of this college, apply to NYC colleges (most likely CUNY), and move there either spring or fall of '09. Even if I have to redo many credits, at least I'd be in my dream city. Maybe I'd even get a more useful degree, if a little less prestigeous. 3) Finish school here and move to NYC right after. This is pretty much guarenteed to happen if the other two don't, but it's also the least appealing of the three. Of course, I have some concerns about packing up and moving halfway across the country. First of all, I have no idea if I could find a place to stay or a job. I also don't know how I'd afford rent in NYC. I'd like to move to Manhattan (wouldn't everyone?) or Brooklyn, both of which seem to be VERY expensive. So, this is where all you NYC residents come in handy! I have a few basic questions about living/working in NYC and i think the answers will be a great help when I try to make my decision. So...: 1) How bad is rent really? I don't care about a shwank bachelor pad like on Friends or anything. I just need a room. What sort of rents and policies would I run into when looking for a place in Manhattan or Brooklyn? I pretty much don't care about amenities. As long as it's four walls (minimum) with a roof and preferably a window, I'm set. 2) Are there any neighborhoods in Manhattan or Brooklyn that tend to have lower rents? I suppose I'm looking for the artist neighborhoods. I know that Lower East Side used to be hip and cheap until gentrification. Then Williamsburg got big and now it's expensive too. Where do the broke young people live now? (please God, don't say Queens!) I guess that's it for now. Thanks for reading my rant and be sure to reply if you want to help!