Hi there, Esther!
To be honest, I ended up opting to stay in upstate New York/Maine for a bit in order to get my life/goals together. I spent the last month and a half of school finishing a crazy thesis, packing all of my California life up, and saying too many goodbyes, then going casually wild in Boise, ID for a week before switching to a hectic Brooklyn schedule…I think I drained myself out, made some incredibly poor decisions, and also had some very bad things happen. However, I can help you learn from my shitty mistakes!
1) Do not ever accept drinks from anybody you don’t really, really know. I knew better and yet I let my eagerness to enjoy myself dissuade me. It ended very poorly.
2) Get hopstop for your phone! I have it on my iPod and it helped a TON.
3) Get grubhub, too. Seriously…good food being delivered when you’re overwhelmed is so awesome.
4) Explore alone during the day. As soon as I started doing this, I liked the city better.
5) Don’t make eye contact with strangers on the subway. For some of them, it appears to be the equivalent of lifting up your skirt and saying, “WHAT’S UP, COME AT ME!”
6) Write/draw/etc. about everything. It definitely helped me interpret the world around me as it was changing so rapidly.
I plan on being back down there in a little while (like a month and a half or so), so hopefully I’ll have better advice by then (though you may be more adjusted than I by that time!). Best of luck to you and let me know how things go! :) If you need a buddy to talk to about the craziness of a giant city over coffee, lemme know.