New York is my favourite place in the world! Deciding to emigrate there was never a hard decision for me. Four years ago I spent 6 months living and working in Clifton New Jersey, which is about twenty minutes outside of Manhattan. The year after, I went back for another three months on a j1 visa. In between, and since then I’ve made several more trips to the big apple. (You can read about my most recent trip here). So I’ve always had it in my head that I would one day live there again.

New york skyline

In July I finally decided to start the process. I contacted USIT and they gave me the full low down on everything I would need to do (and pay for). I told my parents I would be moving to New York in November. Understandably they were upset, but they had always known it was something I wanted to do so they expected it.

At first, I knew no one else moving over and only a few people I sort of knew already there. But as mad as it sounds the thought of doing all this alone didn’t scare me. I was just too excited to be scared! But thankfully, I now have two friends who have also decided to move over and once I started telling people about my move I was introduced to more and more people who will be there, so it’s working out really well! I think one of the best things about these types of adventures are the new friends that you make.

Sophie ShePrevails

My main reasons for moving to New York:

  • The endless opportunities

In the words of Alicia Keys, New York is “where dreams are made of.” As someone working in marketing and with a big “passion for fashion” I can’t think of any better place to live than New York. I know nothing will come easy and there will be days when I might feel like giving up and coming home, but I’m almost certain it will all be worth it in the end when I see the different opportunities available that would never be available to me in Ireland.

  • The once in a lifetime opportunity

Moving to America to work is tricky, with very few options. As a graduate, I am lucky to be in the position to avail of the 1-year graduate visa. You have exactly one-year from the date of your graduation to move over, so for the most part, you really do only have one chance. My cut off date is November 21st, so I decided to book my flight for November 2oth! I left it until the very last minute as I decided it would be better to get some more work experience and to give me as much time as possible to save up money. New York is so competitive and I wanted to make sure I did everything I could to put my best foot forward and hopefully secure a great job. If I only have one chance at this, I’m going to do everything I can to make it count.

  • The fear of regret

Like I mentioned above, New York is my favourite place in the world. If I didn’t take the opportunity to use the graduate visa I know it would be something I’d regret forever. I cannot tell you how many people have said to me that they wish they had done it and how they regret not getting that experience. For me, it was such an easy decision because at 24 I know I have so much time to try different things. Even though I know I’m giving up and leaving behind some great opportunities I already have here, I know that when I eventually come home they will probably still be here, if not better ones. The chance to live in New York again won’t be!


Top of the rock central park view

If you hate New York or have no interest then I apologise in advance because there’s going to be a lot of New York on ShePrevails from here on out! I want to document the whole process of moving away from home, the good and the bad. From job hunting to finding a place to live and all the other things I don’t even know about yet.

If you ever decide to move to New York, or even if you’re just visiting, let me know 🙂

Sophie x

P.s I’ve created a new New York drop down menu where you will find all my future NY posts!



  • Posted November 11, 2016 2:10 pm
    by Caitlyn

    I’ve never been to New York, but I have always wanted to visit. I wish you luck with your move!

    Caitlyn | www,

    • Posted November 14, 2016 12:52 pm
      by admin

      Hopefully you will visit one day. Thaks Caitlyn 🙂

  • Posted November 11, 2016 2:50 pm
    by Tilley

    Oh what an exciting time! you got this girl!

    • Posted November 14, 2016 12:51 pm
      by admin

      Thanks Tilley, I couldn’t be more excited!!

  • Posted November 11, 2016 8:25 pm
    by Katie

    Congrats Sophie! Good luck with your move!


    • Posted November 14, 2016 12:50 pm
      by admin

      Thank you Katie!

      • Posted March 9, 2017 9:15 am
        by Nelia

        I reokcn you are quite dead on with that.

  • Posted November 11, 2016 9:04 pm
    by Anna

    I’ve never actually been to New York, but that is so exciting for you! Good luck with the move, and I hope everything goes amazing! 🙂
    -Anna |

    • Posted November 14, 2016 12:48 pm
      by admin

      Thank you Anna! Hopefully you will visit NYC one day 🙂

  • Posted November 11, 2016 9:20 pm
    by McKenna bleu

    You will have the best time in New York!

    • Posted November 14, 2016 12:47 pm
      by admin

      I know I’m so excited I can’t wait! 🙂

  • Posted November 12, 2016 12:59 am
    by Greta

    How fun! I wish you luck on your big move!

    Greta |

    • Posted November 14, 2016 12:45 pm
      by admin

      Thanks Greta 🙂

  • Posted November 12, 2016 3:50 am
    by Laura

    I had to read your about page to see where you’re from – Ireland! I’m of Irish descent (not the same thing, I know), but I’d love to got to Ireland someday!

    Maybe even a little bit more than I’d want to see New York, but I wish you all the best in moving! I can’t imagine what that would be like moving across the world!

    • Posted November 14, 2016 12:44 pm
      by admin

      Irelands a great place too, hopefully you will visit one day! 🙂

    • Posted March 9, 2017 8:53 am
      by Aundre

      What a joy to find sonomee else who thinks this way.

  • Posted November 12, 2016 12:21 am
    by Alix Maza

    Ahh so excited for you! Enjoy all that NYC has to offer!

    Alix |

    • Posted November 14, 2016 12:46 pm
      by admin

      Thank you Alix, I will make sure to make the most of every day in NYC 🙂

    • Posted March 9, 2017 8:50 am
      by Jailen

      Lot of smarts in that posgtni!

  • Posted November 12, 2016 7:44 pm
    by Merisa Ferrell

    Oh, girl, CONGRATS! New York is a truly incredible place and I hope you find a happy home there. Early Welcome to NYC & best of luck! xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

    • Posted November 14, 2016 12:42 pm
      by admin

      Thank you so much Merisa! I’m so excited 🙂

      • Posted March 9, 2017 8:47 am
        by Lavon

        Super inovfmatire writing; keep it up.

  • Posted November 13, 2016 12:41 am
    by Elly Leavitt

    you’re gonna love it here, congrats on the decision! and hey you’ve already got the NYC blog posing down 😉

    • Posted November 14, 2016 12:41 pm
      by admin

      Thank’s Elly! I’m so excited and will definitely be writing a lot more NYC posts!

  • Posted November 14, 2016 2:46 am
    by Annaliese

    Good for you for taking this huge leap of faith!! Yay NYC!! 🙂

    xoxox A

    • Posted November 14, 2016 12:59 pm
      by admin

      Thank you Annaliese 🙂

      • Posted March 9, 2017 10:45 am
        by Elora

        Great post with lots of imatorpnt stuff.

  • Posted November 14, 2016 2:13 pm
    by Carly Delski

    Such a big adventure! You’ll love it xx

  • Posted November 21, 2016 11:03 pm
    by Pick Your Beau

    Congratulations on your big news! I’ve only been to NYC once but I am itching to get back, it sounds like such an adventure living there! Good luck on your job hunt!

    Pick Your Beau

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