For anyone else planning a move from CA to NY, I highly suggest following a plan similar to mine:
- Meet a girl/boy with the same name as you.
- Become co-editors in chief of the school newspaper together (this will allow you to build a solid dynamic early on, crucial for near-effortless co-habitation).
- Make sure this person with the same name as yours has family in New York, or the surrounding area.
- Make sure that the family of this person with the same name as yours is, in a word: phenomenal. (We’re talking Mom, Dad, step-mom, sister and close friend who will collectively provide a moving truck, heavy-lifting, furniture, kitchen supplies and—now here’s the kicker—a bed for you, because otherwise you will be sleeping on the cold, hard floor.)
This will take some patience on your part, but, trust me, it's well worth it.