Thanks everyone for the responses, and I hope to hear many more! But for now . .
I interned in NYC and absolutely loved it last summer. I was lucky to have a couch to sleep on for three weeks before I found a sublet, and though it was less than ideal, and I hope never to return to that apartment, I wouldn't trade the experience for the world. ;) The biggest fear is finding a place to stay and work, so it's good that you're of the belief it won't take long for someone like me to find a job.
That's an interesting point about grad schools preferring students who take off more than a year. It's true that practical experience would make a student much more valuable, and especially in my educational path of creative writing, the practical experience of traveling would make me all the more interesting for the world of fiction. After interning twice already in my undergraduate career, however, I am getting a little tired of bouncing around the place--but there are so many places to see across the world, so maybe it's still worthwhile to keep exploring.
ActiveAndFitEnrich your heart as well as your head.
I think that summarizes well what I hope to achieve by leaving where I live now. Kalamazoo sounds like a fun name, I know
, but as for intellectual stimulation and intelligent men, it's a swampland as far as the heart can see. Certainly my goals after grad school are meant to enrich the head, but if I can find a way to enrich the heart as well, I will chase it!
How well did consulting go for you? I've owned a web design business in the past but decided my passion was in writing rather than coding. Sure, the money was fantastic, especially as compared to this starving-artist's lifestyle, but as you said, it is important to do what you love.
I tried to jump out of a plane but the wind was too fast. We were at the Kennedy Space Center, and it was my 20th birthday, so it was pretty sad to drive home from the safety of terra firma!