When I began my career at AvKARE, it allowed me to move nearly 2,000 miles across the United States. I went from being a Texan to learning how to be a Philadelphian. I spent 22 years of my life in Texas and was now able to start a new journey up north. Over the past few years, I have learned the ropes of living in the North. Moving to a place in under two weeks without knowing a single person in my territory came with its challenges. However, I would do it all over again. I quickly learned that some of my buyers had an image of how people live in Texas. We do not get around town by horse, have a farm or cheer for the Dallas Cowboys. I’ve learned several things about the North:
- Public transportation – Whipping out your Metrocard is simply a way of life. It only took a few months of getting on the wrong subway before I could get the system down. At first, I was against public transportation until I found myself driving 45 minutes just to go 7 miles in Manhattan.
- The weather – Scarfs in the south are used for fashion pieces. However, in the North they are used to keep your neck from freezing. I quickly updated my winter wardrobe after the first snowfall in Philadelphia.
- Driving – Public transportation isn’t always an option since my territory covers Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York covering over 300 accounts. Traffic can be frustrating at times and the aggressive driving can be a bit much. That wasn’t surprising. The biggest shock was the speed limits. Certain highways in Texas have 85 speed limits and everyone knows you go 10 over. I nearly died when the speed limit was 55 on a highway in New Jersey. There was no going 10 over with the number of cars on the road.
- Food – The biggest challenge for me was finding good Mexican food and frozen margaritas. I didn’t realize frozen margaritas are uncommon up North. However, the amount of delicious Italian food made up for it. Now I work out for the carbs instead of the tequila.
This journey has had highs and lows, but I have enjoyed every minute. I’m excited to continue learning more about my new home. I highly encourage whoever is reading this to take a leap and go on a new adventure. You won’t regret it!