Amelia was NYLESA Career Support Group Coordinator 2021-2022

I am from Spain. My background is in communications, international affairs, education and culture management. I love being part of a great team, helping organizations to create meaningful impact and engagement opportunities with their publics.

I arrived in New York in September 2020. Fortunately, adjusting to my new life was comparatively easy thanks to NYLESA. During a challenging time, all NYLESA resources, meetings and activities turn out vital to better integrate and understand my life in New York. For me, NYLESA is a crucial community and a relevant source to learn from each other's experiences and support one another.

To the newly arrived, I recommend being patient, take your time and enjoy the journey. Life in NYC doesn't always turn out the way you planned or the way you once thought it would, but the City is just magical. You know that saying: Anything can happen in New York?  It's true, so give it a chance. And NYLESA is here to help you: we are a community with very different experiences and knowledge, so please, count on us to help you enjoy your time here.

Things I love about New York - I love NYC for a million different reasons, but the fantastic creative spirit you can enjoy everywhere makes me feel like I'm in one of the world's most vibrant places. There's no other city with an energy that can compete with New York. It's the City that never sleeps…

A lot of the best parts of New York involve just walking around and soaking in the City. One of my favorites places is Greenacre Park, a famed vest pocket park in Midtown, part of the National Registry of Historic Places, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee with an impressive 25-foot-high waterfall.

My hobbies and interests in New York - I have danced my whole life (I'm a Ballet Pedagogy Specialist), and the New York City performing arts scene is one of the best in the world. For me is a dream come true with the Lincoln Center, the Joyce Theater, Broadway, etc. There's dancing in the streets, the parks, the museums, and it's fantastic to enjoy an outdoor dance party or watch so many dance performances and styles from around the world.

Living here I discovered that moving abroad is a valuable experience that teaches you to question the Status Quo. I've realized how vital a sense of community is in my life and how curiosity and stepping outside my comfort zone will help me learn new things.