It’s Up To You, New York, New York

Hypothetical situation: a girl decides to move across the country from sunny Orange County to chilly New York. Let’s also say she’s never been to New York and knows absolutely no one and nothing about the city that never sleeps. She doesn’t have much in terms of savings, but let’s just say she doesn’t need to worry about paying for college–which is the main reason for moving there. There are two main things she needs to worry about: cost of living and culture shock.

For all intents and purposes, we’ll say this girl gets a job as a bookkeeper or accounting clerk which plays a not-too-shabby $25 and hour. She works five hours every day, six days a week. She’s getting around $3,000 a month, which is fantastic because it just so happens she found a nice 700 sq. foot apartment less than a mile away from her college of choice in Brooklyn. Running at $1,745 a month, this 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment includes heating and water and comes with a fridge and an oven. It’s perfect.

Let’s say the electric bill is around $100 a month and food is roughly $300, life insurance is $50. Let’s also throw in a cable/internet/phone bundle that’s about $85 a month. Now we know she’s going to have places to go – she is a working girl. In this city, not having a car isn’t much of an issue since the traffic is horrendous. So let’s factor in that she’ll need a Metrocard, which is a monthly paid pass for buses and the subway which comes to around $120 a month.

After all of these expenses, this rings up to $2400 a month, which leaves her $600 for anything else. It’s doable, as long as she has a high paying job and can juggle school and work while living in a city nicknamed the “City That Never Sleeps.”

Speaking of the “City That Never Sleeps,” the New York lifestyle is wayyy different than that of Southern California. Californians are “chill” and laid back. They live a slow-paced life. New York is the opposite – it’s fast-paced, busy, and always buzzing with activity. Everyone has a place to go. California has In-N-Out, New York has various dollar pizza joints.

SoCal weather seems to be an endless summer and sometimes spring. New York has every single season. It’s a different atmosphere. It has relaxed people with nowhere to go versus busy people with places to be and people to see. The culture shock is inevitable.

Our hypothetical girl grew up in a place where people are mostly calm and not busy, so going somewhere that is the exact opposite is life changing in the best possible way. Hopefully this inspires her to work and never stop working. Seeing people always going places and doing something might drive her in a way SoCal never could.

Amazon Released Most Popular Quotes in To Kill a Mockingbird to Honor Harper Lee

To honor the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee, who died on February 19, 2016, Amazon released the passages in To Kill a Mockingbird that are most frequently highlighted on Kindle e-readers.

  • “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
  • “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
  • “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
  • “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
  • “There are just some kind of men who—who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”
  • “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—” “Sir?” “—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

Movie Review: Miss You Already

Warning: This movie will make you cry and call your best friend and tell her/him they’re not allowed to die.

Miss You Already is the story of two best friends who have been through literally everything together since they were kids. Jess, played by Drew Barrymore, is trying to get pregnant while her best friend Milly, played by Toni Collette, is battling breast cancer.

This is a movie you would want to go see with your best friend so you can hold their hand the whole time. Oh and don’t forget tissues, you’ll need them.

“Miss You Already was a fantastic movie that I’d definitely see again, if it wasn’t for all the tears. Drew Barrymore nails the role of a woman who just wants her best friend to get better and someone who doesn’t want to rub her pregnancy in her dying best friend’s face. She’s so happy, but she’s worried that the news will only bring down Milly.

Toni Collette does a great job at playing a mom who is battling breast cancer. She really brings to life the stages of acceptance, and just wanted one last hurrah.

This movie is definitely one to see. Afterward you may slightly regret your choice, but it is a great movie. This movie will make you really appreciate your best friends and make you want to tell them how much you love them and never want them to die on you.

“Kendall & Kylie”

So most of you have probably heard of the KIM KARDASHIAN: Hollywood app by now, right? Well, now Kim’s half-sisters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, have made an app (KENDALL & KYLIE) featuring themselves with a goal to help you out in your fashion and hairstyle career in sunny California.

As of February 21, I have started playing this app, and at first, I really didn’t expect much from it. I mean, what can these reality TV and internet stars create that won’t be some sort of stupid meme? After playing it, however, my opinion entirely changed.

Even in the first five minutes of playing, I was already hooked on this app with its drama, features, well-thought out (for the most part) characters, and representation.

Firstly, inside this app is a fake version of Instagram. You can make your own fake username and an account and share it to your nonexistent followers. In other apps like this, I haven’t really seen something so detailed.

A picture of my character's "Instagram."

A picture of my character’s “Instagram” from the app.

You can take selfies whenever and wherever you want and then post them on your “Instagram,” but if you were so inclined, you could even post it on your real Facebook and Instagram accounts. Kylie and Kendall will even post generic videos and text for you on their “Instagrams” to get you more followers.

But also, the app comes with a cell phone. It’s cell phone-ception. You send a pre-written text from your cellphone in the game while using your app with your real cell phone. The detail and work which was put into this game really shows.

Not to mention how the storyline starts out. You move to Santa Monica with your friend, Emily Sun, to start a new career. She gives you a job with the help of her boss, Gretta, at a salon. Then, you are introduced to the antagonist, a guy named Logan whose mother has a grudge against the salon owner.

It continues to spiral into so much drama as you find out that Perry, another one of your best friends, actually used to date Logan. I don’t want to give away much more, but this app and its storyline were very entertaining to me.

There are also so many different types of people. Just to name a few, there are gay, straight, black, white, Asian, etc. Plus, you can choose to make your character whatever you want as well. Even more interesting characters show up the further you get into the app.

In fact, it doesn’t even seem like Kylie and Kendall are even the biggest stars in the app. Their purpose seems to be limited to helping you along your journey.

I would entirely recommend downloading this app, because it really is quite amusing. The developers seem like they put a lot of time into the features, as well quite some time into the dramatic story.

This app exposes teens to all sorts of people, so it could help teens become more open since Kendall and Kylie portrayed all their non-playable characters as normal, interesting, likeable, and somewhat believable people.