I have come to the realization that everything in Washington, DC is very fast paced.... Moreso than anticipated given my limited prior experience in big cities. It is a way of life around here.... Since moving to Washington, DC I have found myself waking up at 6 a.m. and getting home at 6 p.m. (on a good day). It is a challenge that I looked forward to for some time prior to the move and something that I continue to meet head on. Nevertheless, it has been an adjustment to say the least. The biggest thing for me has been the perceived lack of independence I have felt since arriving in Washington, DC. It is the first time in my life I have really been without a car and/or the means to accomplish my goals in a timely fashion. Everything feels so rushed and I am left feeling uubalanced at the end of the day.
On another note, my work atmosphere has been great! Everyone at the job is very nice and so very helpful. I find myself learning so much each and every day! My experience has pretty much been baptism by fire.... which is the best way to learn as far as I'm concerned. I have had to be much more organized and plan things out much better in order to meet the demands of my work. I can see what it is going to take in order to get to the top. My supervisor and his boss spend long hours at work; typically the first to arrive and one of the last to leave. I have been taking note of their work ethic and trying to emulate the things I see them exceling at. I found out quickly that there is also much to learn from other fellows/interns on the job. I've formed a solid relationship with one in particular and continue to become a more well-rounded employee through his shared experiences.
While it has only been two weeks and things seem quite hectic at times, I look forward to the weeks and months to come with great excitement. I know that things will begin to normalize and life will seem much more managable when this happens. This has been a great expereince and will lay the foundation for the rest of my career.