Hi all. My semester is finally over and it's summer once again, so hopefully I can get back to the blog life. I got an internship with APCO Worldwide, so I'm spending my summer working in DC and living in Maryland. I've been here for about a week, and I have some first impressions of the area and my internship.
The trip to move down here took a solid 7 hours with stops. For being such a small state, I was pretty positive that we were never going to make it out of New Jersey. With construction, accidents, and general New Jersey drivers, traffic was congested and hectic, but I can't complain about the gas prices.
My boyfriend and I are living outside of the city in Maryland in a studio apartment - a quaint little box fully equipped with kitchen, PC/gaming area (for Anthony), television, couch/bed, bathroom, and, surprisingly, a ton of storage (read: nice, big, walk-in closet). We spent the last weekend getting to know the area. It's a convenient spot, close to shopping and grocery centers and hiking trails, and just a short metro ride to downtown DC. It's a bustling town and very diverse.
My apartment complex is filled with a mix of college/grad students and mostly young families (pretty easy to tell who's who). It's quite interesting, but everyone seems to be very nice so far. An observation I've made this past weekend is that drivers are crazier here than in [upstate] New York, but not quite at the New Jersey level. Luckily, I don't have to drive that much.
The metro is not nearly as scary as I thought it would be. Coming from a small town, my only previous experience with public transportation were my South Campus buses at school. I took a practice run into the city on Memorial Day to map out my route to work, and it turns out that the metro is fairly well organized, clearly labeled and mostly clean.
APCO Worldwide is like my dream firm in my dream city. It's a global public relations and public affairs firm with clients in business, branding, governments, policy groups, and so on. I'm in the Office of the CEO/Chairman, which means I'm part of the communications support role for our CEO and our Chairman of the Board. It's obviously the coolest department to work in (wink, wink). But really, after less than a week I truly enjoy the people I get to work with on my team and the work I get to do.
This summer I will mostly be posting about my explorations of DC/Maryland, but, since I am in our nation's capital, you'll probably get some political posts, too. What can I say, I can't help it.