The Young Professional's Guide to Relocating

The Young Professional's Guide to Relocating

The Young Professional’s Guide to Relocating & Making It Work

 Need a change in scenery? Guest author and fellow urbanista Kyshira Moffet gives several tips for relocating to a new city, pulled from her own experience moving from her home base in Chicago to Pittsburgh to embark on her new career. 

By Kyshira S. Moffett, MBA: 

In August 2012, a few days before starting my final year of college at Hampton University, I received a call from a campus recruiter offering me my dream job. An associate role within a leadership development program, focused on HR. I was so excited! I was on cloud 9 and nothing could bring me down…until I remembered that job was located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Pittsburgh was not necessarily my dream destination, especially being from Chicago. However, Pittsburgh is where the company is headquartered so it seemed to be the right despite not having any friends or family in the area. I relocated in July 2013 and a little over a year later, I’m still here and quite pleased with the life I created. I wanted to share some tips of how I capitalized on this less than ideal relocation:

Aundrea Murray on Studying Journalism Abroad in Paris

Aundrea Murray on Studying Journalism Abroad in Paris

The Interview Armoire is a series where we feature fellow urbanistas who have a special story to share. These women have exciting travel tales and/or interesting takes on making the most of her city. There's something that shines about these savvy civilians, and we hope PBU sheds light on how they stand out.

Aundrea Murray of Andrama.com is a Central Connecticut State University student from Hartford, Connecticut, majoring in broadcast journalism. Aundrea has honed in on her journalism skills by reporting on a variety of topics, including an exclusive D-Day anniversary ceremony and a personal piece on poverty. She considers herself a ‘lazy poet, early photographer, and iPhone videographer,’ who hopes to trail blaze her own path as a traveling journalist. She plans to one day work for a stationed network like CNN, covering foreign news, and maybe even create her own network in the future! 

We were very excited to chat with the very impassioned Aundrea about her recent two week study abroad program in France, where she had the opportunity to study and practice her craft in Paris and Normandy. She’s usually the one conducting the interviews, but we loved being the ones asking her the questions to learn about her fun trip. We are all for studying abroad, and it’s that much more life-changing when, while basking in an international environment you’re able to pursue your passion at the same time.  

Learn more about Aundrea, her Parisian experience, and how she raised money to make this trip possible below:

The Coolest City in America | A Dedication to the District (Part 3)

The Coolest City in America | A Dedication to the District (Part 3)

Beginning with film, photography, lifestyle, and music, I now wrap up my Dedication to DC series with four more slices of Washington metro's culture: apparel, nightlife, art, and cuisine. The variety that I've barely scratched the surface on here speaks to the vast array of creative finds in DC, which have brought endless color to the historically bland political town. Individuals like the ones introduced below are all boosting the reasons why DC is being repainted into a portrait of pure cool.  

Without further ado...

Pop Up Dinner LA: An Interview with Nicole Benjamin-Sathre of Handmade Events

Pop Up Dinner LA: An Interview with Nicole Benjamin-Sathre of Handmade Events

I recently interviewed Nicole Benjamin-Sathre of Handmade Events. Alongside her husband Garrett Sathre, the duo coordinates Pop Up Dinners -- massive festive all-white picnics modeled after a Parisian event that originated in the 80s -- an afternoon of wining, dining, and dancing. It takes place in Los Angeles this Saturday, August 23 at a secret location that won't be disclosed until the day of the event. In years previous, it's brought out over 3500 attendees, many of whom sung wonderful praises about the amount of fun they had.

Listen to the interview via Soundcloud, or read on below! I'm so thankful to have spoken with Nicole (did I say "appreciate" enough at the end of this, or what?), as one of my goals moving forward is to conduct more interviews with urban entrepreneurs. Learn more about Handmade Events and be sure to purchase your ticket if you live in LA! Be on the lookout for an event recap following the event, to see how it turned out.

The Coolest City in America | A Dedication to the District (Part 2)

The Coolest City in America | A Dedication to the District (Part 2)

As expressed in my first Dedication to the District post, DC has a ton of reasons for topping Forbes’ latest list of Coolest Cities in America. A city permeating with soul and an abundant culture that’s not going anywhere but up, I believe its tenacious population is the true force that prompted this acknowledgement. DC & PG County’s millennials in particular are proving there’s no lack of originality nor willingness to work, to seek out creative approaches to life. 

They are dynamic, and they refuse to accept a mediocre existence, instead opting to nurture their passions and build from the ground up.

Below are all prime examples of just this type of DC/Maryland millennial -- ambitious friends and peers that I’ve known as far back as grade school, some since high school, and others that I bonded with in college. They are either part of a group of other young talents who have pioneered creative projects, or have launched their own remarkable ventures. It’s been a true blessing to be surrounded by numerous individuals within my age group who have unbelievable motivation.

Each of them will tell you that they are working towards something bigger than themselves; they don’t set out to be the “cool kids on the block,” however, they are precise examples of why DC’s coolness factor has skyrocketed. 

They are all adding to its culture in their own ways and setting the pavement for a whole new era of inventiveness.