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  • Brittany Horowitz 4:20 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink
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    Commuting Costs 

    There are a lot of important components to take into consideration when choosing an internship and job. I have always focused on the obvious characteristics: position responsibilities, reputation of the company, pay, and the list goes on. However, when I first started to intern, which was the summer after my freshman year of college, I did not take an important factor into mind: commuting. I would choose the positions that best suited what I desired in an internship, and then I would worry about the commute later. I have loved each and every one of my internships; however, I wish I had been better prepared for the commutes I had in store.

    I am the commuting queen, but I did not gain this title easily. One summer, I commuted from New Jersey to New York five days a week for a position. Another summer, I traveled from American University to Alexandria five days a week for an internship, and I would need to be in the office by 8AM. Last semester, I commuted to Silver Spring from my apartment near campus; however, I had a car, so it wasn’t that bad. This semester, I am commuting a shorter distance by bus.

    Looking at a commute of a potential job is important for multiple reasons. People typically just think of time spent traveling to and from work; however, there is more to it than just that. Of course, time is vital. If you have an hour commute each way, what time do you have to wake up in the morning? Are you getting home from work at a good hour? Will you have time to fulfill the responsibilities you have for classes? People might assume that those who prefer to sleep in a little extra in the AM are lazy; however, that isn’t necessarily true. Some people function better at later hours in the day, so they go to bed late, which makes getting up extremely early tough. A long commute probably isn’t the best for these types of people.

    What about cost? When I was first offered my internship last semester, I automatically assumed my commute to Silver Spring would be do-able since I have a car, but I didn’t factor in gas money and parking. I ended up saving time by driving, and the cost wasn’t too extreme compared to metro prices, but these are things to take into consideration early on.

    Lastly, there is quality of life. It might sound silly, but a commute can really drain a person. Traveling to NY from NJ was exhausting. When I commuted via train to Alexandria, I was always in a rush, and I hated switching lines (less nap time). At times, I have hated my commutes, which made me hate going into work on occasional painful Monday mornings.

    However, my passion for my jobs really helped me survive my commutes. You make friends with fellow commuters, you get to greet the Express newspaper man every morning, and you learn your way around the city. And, you value sleeping in on the weekends even more.

    -Brittany

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  • Zach C. Cohen 1:20 am on August 22, 2011 Permalink
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    Living a Real Life 

    Let’s face it: school is “some of the best years of our life” because we have so much going for us. But this summer, my full-time internship put me in a position I was not quite used to. I had to fend for myself in regards to food, and I had to budget my time, get to sleep at a reasonable hour, and somehow find time to hang out with friends.

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  • Rachel Frank 6:34 pm on August 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Summer of Adulthood 

    Big news to start this post. I passed statistics! Towards the end of the class I realized that it was going to be a fight to the finish and I doubted my ability to pull it off. I was meeting my tutor twice a week and trying my absolute hardest and didn’t think it would be enough. But in the end I managed to get the grade I needed and now I never have to take a math class again! (at least this is what I hope). Anyways! To get to the title of this post I think that this summer was a little taste of adulthood for me. How might you ask? Let’s talk about it.

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  • Quinn Smeaton 12:57 pm on July 27, 2011 Permalink
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    Tips on Making Your Subway Commute a Little Less Stressful 

    Between sitting in traffic or riding a packed subway car, the commute can often be the most stressful part of the day. The summer heat waves only make the trip to work worse.

    If you’re interning in a city, chances are that you take the subway to and from work. Below are some tips to help make your subway commute a little less stressful:
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  • Allison Godfrey 5:29 pm on July 21, 2011 Permalink
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    Surviving the “Heat Dome” 

    As you all know- Washington D.C. is quite warm in the summer. But along with the rest of the country, we are currently experiencing a heat wave. The Washington Post’s Express wrote that we are under what could be considered a “heat dome.” Commuting to work and internships just got a lot harder.

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  • Paul Lopreiato 9:19 pm on June 8, 2011 Permalink
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    A Recipe for Growing as an Intern 

    Start out with 2 cups of slowly learning to contribute at meetings. After you spend the first week scared to say a word, know that your contributions don’t have to be solid fact. Sometimes your opinion alone is all that’s needed for the conversation, as long as you can back it up with some reasoning. Even when you’re completely wrong, your co-workers are patient and will help out.

    Add 1 tablespoon of bitterness over the other intern who criticized you publicly. Remain unsure if there’s some sort of code about that. If desired, add an extra teaspoon of “I’d like to see him try to criticize his boss if he’s so smart. He probably thinks he’s so great.” Stay cautious of this person for the rest of the summer unless they say something nice about your next idea. (More …)

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  • Emily Fleitz 6:47 pm on April 12, 2011 Permalink
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    Its a dangerous business, going out your door 

    One of the worst parts of interning is the commute.

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    • miranda78 5:38 pm on April 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I really liked this post. It was funny but still insightful on your behalf. Hope your internship wraps up well!

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