I make a living telling people to buy homes. In your case though, I'm hesitant. Once you buy you are tied to a location, a mortgage payment and are committed to a home. As a Prospective College Student, you may be better off waiting to buy until you complete your education and are confident where you want to settle.
Obviously, I don't know you, your plans or long term goals so take this under consideration and decide how it applies in your life. Best of luck with your job and education.
One last thought, with your additional income please avoid the temptation to go on a spending spree. Save all you can, whether for school or future purchases you can pay cash for rather than have to go into debt.
Good luck and I love the young ambition!
There is also the question of how much in liquid assets you have on hand and can you refrain from allowing it to burn a hole in your pants. Remember, most downpayments will be at least 20%. Keep in mind you've been recently employed. To me, that means you're on the job less than one year.
It's not a bad idea to hold off, maybe consolidate your financial position, Safe like crazy, pay off any debt and make sure your credit score is at least around 740 and up. You can get a free credit report from each of the three credit bureaus at no charge, though they can charge a nominal fee for giving you a FICO number. You'll feel great not owing and having money in the Bank. Manhattan property is expensive and monthly carry charges will also be high. You're in a fantastic position for a young person with their entire life ahead of them. The choices you make will stay with you a lifetime. I wish you every good thing as you move forward.