By Amy Price
New York State – referred to as such to distinguish it from New York City, or the Big Apple as it is termed – is far more than the unofficial capital of the world.
Known as the Empire State, the area offers an abundance of wealth, resources, and rewards for anyone who chooses to study here. The rewards themselves aren’t always material. Alongside top quality education from a state which boasts two Ivy League colleges, New York offers a variety of historical landmarks, entertainment venues, and gorgeous countryside. Not only this, but it lays claim to a long history of diversity, both in terms of past immigration and its current multicultural population of over 19 million people. With such exciting experiences to be had, studying in New York might be the making of a thousand memories.
Life in New York - With its romantic appeal, rich history, bustling city atmosphere, and diverse neighbourhoods, it’s not hard to see why New York City attracts more visitors than any other city in the US. However, as popular as it is, NYC is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to life in New York. Prominent college towns Buffalo and Rochester also have a wealth of unique characteristics on offer, with a population of over a million people proud to call them home – and with good reason. Students who enjoy a vibrant lifestyle would feel very much at home in Buffalo, its status as the second largest city in the state promising a wide variety of nightlife activities and daytime cultural attractions to enjoy. For a more artistic student, Rochester is the place to be, having been nicknamed Kodak Town due to its being the birthplace of amateur photography. Not only this, but the city’s collection of unique museums, and its jam-packed festival calendar, would offer more than enough choice to ensure an enjoyable experience for all. And these are not the only locations with a multitude of options on offer. The less-wellknown state capital of Albany is a must for architecture and design students, with an eclectic mix of historical buildings and modern skyscrapers on display. Likewise, Binghamton is home to beautifully ornate mansions and six antique carousels: a must-see for anyone interested in such subjects.
For those who prefer a countryside environment, New York State is as green as it is metropolitan. With 18.9 million acres of forest and 70,000 miles of rivers and waterways, it boasts some of the most awe-inspiring natural attractions in the world. Alongside the ever-popular Niagara Falls, those studying in the area have a wealth of attractions to choose from, from the Great Appalachian Valley to the National Park and the Great Lakes of Erie and Ontario. Such beauty, situated directly parallel to such vibrant cities, would ensure an exciting experience which couldn’t be had anywhere else.
New York Fun Facts:
State nickname: The Empire State
State capital: Albany
Largest city: NYC, with a population of over 8.3 million
Total population: Over 19.6 million, the largest in the US
Ellis Island, located in the Upper New York Bay, is the largest gateway for immigration into the US
New York State is home to the longest continuously-published newspaper, the ‘New York Post’
63% of the state’s total surface area is forest
New York is the only state to touch three major bodies of water: the Great Lakes of Erie and Ontario, and the Atlantic Ocean
New York State hosts the second-most amount of degree-granting institutions – 307 – the highest amount being held by California
One of the most well-known, award-winning photo blogs – ‘Humans of New York’, or ‘HoNY’ – is based in the state. It is run by photographer Brandon Stanton, and has inspired a variety of similar blogs worldwide
Famous celebrities who live or have lived in the state include: director Woody Allen, actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, singers Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, rappers Tupac Shakur and Jay Z, authors Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon, and presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Martin van Buren and Franklin D. Roosevelt.