Posts Tagged ‘moving’

Relocating Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

Friday, November 14th, 2008
Cardboard Box In a recent study, 85% of students surveys said they were interested in relocating after college—and today's economic climate may force more to move in order to find work. When I moved to Chicago in July of 2007, I knew next to no one. I only wish that I'd had (or known about) some of the great resources for connecting with other young people at the time. Sure, there are plenty of ways to do it on your own, but thanks to the wonderful power of the Internet, new resources are making it easier than ever. In fact, you could even start seeking out and connecting with others via Twitter before you move—try searching Twellow by location and interest (thanks to Jessica for that one). Here are a few of the resources I've been introduced to in the Chicago area (I realize the first two skew a bit female...I happen to be one myself, which has swayed my interests slightly). If you're not living in or planning to move to Chicago, I hope you'll take some time to check out similar resources in your own city.
  • Monthly Meet-ups for young women: After the success of the "It's Chic to Be Geek" event on November 6, this groups is gearing up to meet every month to connect, teach and inspire young women in Chicago.
  • Cheeky Chicago: I met the founders of Cheeky Chicago last week—they just launched, and they're aiming to give females a resource to get to know the city and connect with each other. Sign up for the newsletter to find out about future events.
  • Windy City Social: I met Hope Bertram, founder of Windy City Social, at the "It's Chic to Be Geek" event. She's connecting people on four levels: social, professional, intellectual and physical. Check out the site for upcoming events.
  • Jelly: If you plan to work for yourself, Jelly is a group of freelancers who gather together in one location a few times a week—these groups popping up all over the world.
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5 Surprises About Moving to the Big City

Thursday, November 29th, 2007
Most young people (myself included) have a very glamorous image of moving to the big city after graduation. I can only assume that this is sparked by various television shows (Sex and the City, anyone?). So many (myself included) move to one of those big cities to see what they might find. And I mut admit, it has been fantastic so far. I can't see myself anywhere else at the start of my career. But there are definitely disadvantages. Here are a few things that caught me a bit off guard when about my new city life. 1. Transportation. I love not having a car. I feel good about taking public transportation, and it ultimately saves me money. No car payment, insurance, maintenance or repair - just one easy unlimited pass for $75 a month. But sometimes it's so inconvenient - waiting in the cold for the train or bus, standing the whole way in huge crowds, not being able to drive to pick up larger items (we wanted a Christmas tree this year, but there's no practical way to get one). 2. Noise. This wasn't entirely unexpected, but it is really noisy sometimes. Of course I live in Wrigleyville, so I may have had it a little worse than others during Cubs season. 3. Everything Takes Longer. It's a big city, which means there's a lot of ground to cover. If I have a few errands, they could take up an entire evening as I hop from one location to the next to find what I need. I had to go to three separate stores tonight to find everything on my shopping list. No Super Walmart here. 4. It's expensive! Again, maybe not quite so unexpected - but you do get used to paying a higher price for just about everything. I didn't realize how much I had adapted to this until I went back to Michigan and I was commenting on how inexpensive everything was. Do Not Use the Laundry Room. Police Order!pepper spray for my key chain, and I have had some uncomfortable moments. Just the other night I was walking about two blocks from a restaurant to the subway and a man started following me (looking for money), and he wouldn't leave me alone until I went down to the subway. Today, I carried my laundry to the apartment laundry room, only to find this note on the door.