This is the obvious choice, given that I'll already be here, which might make the job-hunt easier. Also, if I don't stay an extra year now, I might not ever get the chance again.
Pros: I love this city and want to get to know it better.
Cons: Far, far, away from my friends and family which will mean the inevitable cross-Atlantic travel.
2. New York
This has as of late become a top of the list contender. It's arguably the cultural capital of the United States, I've never lived there (and doesn't everyone HAVE to live in NYC at some point in their lives?) and I think my job prospects are pretty good.
Pros: My sister lives there, one of my best friends is moving there, and another of my best friends lives nearby in the Jerz.
Cons: I have to be honest. I'm not sure I'm a New Yorker really at heart. I think London's slightly slower pace is more my style.
3. San Francisco
I feel like I've been running away from San Francisco all my life, which is weird, because it's the city everyone else seems to be running TOWARDS. But, maybe I should stop running? My mom lives nearby, I have tons of friends in the city, and we all know how crunchy the Bay Area is.
Pros: Rainbow Grocery! Plus, I could probably con my way into dinner at Green Bean's or JennConspiracy's. Also, my mom! My friends! The Golden Gate Bridge!!
Cons: I'm still not sure I'm ready to run towards San Francisco. Also, it's a little small for my taste. Also, I would have to get a car. I know, I know, some of you live in the Bay Area without cars. But, given that my mom is in the South Bay, I would probably need to have a car.
4. Los Angeles
We all know about my love for LA, but can I get a job in LA? That's the question.
Pros: My heart! My love! My friends! Excellent sushi!
Cons: Not only would I have to have a car, I'd probably have to drive it on a fairly regular basis. Plus, there's the whole job thing problem.
5. Washington D.C.
By all rights this one should be first. My job prospects will probably be brightest here, and apparently it's the only place where the job market is expanding (that is, if you are a Democrat.)
Pros: I could get a job!
Cons: I don't really have friends there, and for no good reason, I'm not super stoked about the idea of moving to DC. Now, bear in mind, I haven't been to DC in ... probably ten years. So I have no real objection to the city. In fact, that's probably why I'm not stoked to move to DC. I just don't know the city that well.
Ah, Chicago, I do love you.
Pros: It's Chicago, the best city in the United States. Hands down.
Cons: It's f**king freezing. Plus, all my friends abandoned it/are planning to abandon it. Probably because it's f**king freezing.
All right, people, what do you think? Where should I move?