This week’s Caribbean Millennial Abroad features the Birthday Boy, Jessie Chandler! What’s it like moving from living on island time to the rush of the Big Apple? Do you think you’ve got what it takes?
Q: Who is Jessie?
J: Still the most difficult question since Pre-K. What can I say? I’m an experience.
Q: Where in the Caribbean is home for you and where do you find yourself now?
J: From: Chase Village, Trinidad and Tobago. 🇹🇹 To: NYC, USA 🇺🇸
Q: What made you want to venture abroad?
J: I wanted to be a piece of something bigger.
Q: In what ways is your current location different from home?
J: Here is way more fast-paced. There’s a quickened rhythm of life, a greater desire to do/be more! The spirits here lack resignation and that inspires me.
Q: What is one thing you love about where you live now?
J: The heightened cosmopolitan experience. I can literally experience a different culture every 5 blocks.
Q: And what is one thing you’re still getting used to?
J: I’m still adjusting to the uncanny mixture of dryness and friendliness.
Q: Has it been difficult for you to adjust to the culture and lifestyle of your new location?
J: Not very difficult. I’ve lived a very chameleon-like life even at home so I just adjusted once again. I think the saying goes, “evolve or die”. Imma evolve the shit out of this life. Lol.
Q: What are the biggest challenges you face being away from home?
J: My network. I’ve built such a particular network that I’m accustomed activating that is unreachable from here.
Q: What is one thing you’ve experienced abroad that you’d love to see people embrace back home?
Q: Have you noticed any differences between the Caribbean Millennial and the Millennials you encounter abroad?
J: Caribbean Millennials are WAY more emotionally intelligent and independent. I think the fact that most Millennials I’ve met here have never left the USA speaks volumes.
Q: What do you think are some common misconceptions that your peers have of life abroad?
J: Easily, they think that it’s all fun and luxury. It can be but you have to sacrifice a lot!
Q: What’s one piece of advice you have for fellow Caribbean Millennials who want to move abroad but might be uncertain if it’s the right move for them?
J: Do it! I feel like everyone’s experience will be different and can be harnessed differently but I know one thing for sure, it changes you for the better.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to live in NYC?