What's it like to grow up in NYC? Camille sets the record straight.

Jun 23, 2009

Growing up in New York City has been an adventure. There are so many different restaurants and places to go and friends who live so close by that there’s never really a day with nothing to do. New York is all about connections, but this is true everywhere. Knowing the “right people” makes getting jobs and opportunities easier all over the world. But no matter where you are (or who you know) if you’re not competent in your field then no one will hire you. Skill and determination ultimately outweigh money and connections, especially in New York City.

Getting into the right college means a lot to me, but I’m not really obsessed with any college in particular. I’m going to try my best at school and study hard because I think that a good education is one of the most important things anyone can have. That’s why I’d love to do well on my SATs -- it’s a way to see how you stand globally instead of just compared to people in your class. (Oh and I don’t think I mentioned this but I did do well on my SATs, especially in math – only 2 questions wrong in the entire section.) However, I think obsessing over college (especially any one in particular) is a little much. I mention that I’d like to go to Harvard in the show, but I really didn’t mean the specific college of Harvard; more of a conceptual idea of “Harvard” as a challenging and stimulating environment, a “goal college.” Why make your entire upper school happiness dependent upon one acceptance or rejection letter? I’d rather choose a school (and have the school choose me) based on how it fits my personality, rather then choose a school based solely on its name. So I don’t know what college I want to go to yet, and if it’s Harvard then that’s great but if it’s not my life won’t exactly end.