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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Break your shoe at work.
Miss the bus by less than a minute because you can’t run with said broken shoe.
Wait for the next bus.
It’s 93 degrees out today.
Try to get on the next N4 that pulls up, only to discover it’s a D5.
Wonder why MetroBus couldn’t bother to change the sign.
Wait another 15 minutes.
Finally catch a bus.
Be thankful today isn’t the day you work a second job. Otherwise, you would already be late.
One of the worst parts of interning is the commute.
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Today is my first full day at the Solidarity Center. I arrived a little after 8:30am, a remarkable feat considering a slow shuttle bus and a packed Metro train. My supervisor Tim, the Regional Program Director for the Asia/Europe office, has given me my first big assignment. I am supposed to cull information from Solidarity Center publications to put into a report for the MacArthur Foundation grant program. I am still not completely clear on everything that needs to be done, but Tim tells me I will meet with him and Neha later today to talk about it.
In the meantime, I have been checking out the MacArthur Foundation website and catching up with email, which has piled up since I was here on Monday afternoon. Email is a great thing- the best email I have gotten all day didn’t have any text, just this great subject line: “chicken shu mai and vege dumplings in both kitchens for Chinese New Year.” After writing this post, I think I’ll head there for a mid-morning snack. Luckily, it’s right around the corner from my desk; the kitchen is a good place to be familiar with.
Everyday I learn a little bit more about the office.
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