Week 6 - 10 lessons I have learned in DC so far

Week 6 - 10 lessons I have learned in DC so far

Hey everyone, welcome back!


I want to share some of the lessons I have learned this summer in D.C. so far. I have learned and experienced so much, and I compiled a short list of tips for my fellow D.C. interns. If you have not yet followed one of these, be sure to do so now!


1. Treat yourself and others with respect.

If you want respect in the office, give respect. A professional, respectful attitude goes a long way in the workforce. The wrong attitude can impact your experience here very negatively. Also, make sure you receive the respect you deserve.



2. Remember why you are here.

It is easy to get into that constant party mode, when you are around your new friends. It is important to remember that many new friends could be future employers, connections or co-workers. That's not to say you should act differently, because you should always be yourself.


3. Meet new people as often as you can.

Although it is a big city, chat with the person next to you on the bus, or in your apartment elevator. Do not be afraid to say hi; you may be surprised by who you're sitting next to. Opening up and talking to people is a great way to network, and it can be a nice break from a long day.



4. Experience as much as you can.

Go to the free events, follow D.C. events social media like EventDC or DCSocial, volunteer, and more. There is so much to do in D.C., and I always feel like there is not enough time to experience everything. Do not miss out on what the city has to offer.


5. Save your money.

D.C. is expensive, but there are plenty of ways to save. Cook your own food. Do not go out every night, or stick to happy hour. Walk instead of bus. If you plan and budget, and follow some money-saving tips, your wallet will thank you.


6. Stay Healthy.

My biggest regret is not working out enough this summer. Working 9-5, plus the 50 min commute is tiring, and it can make the thought of going to the gym impossible. But it is so important to stay healthy. I have been to Yoga District a few times, and I love it. Try running around the National Mall. Eating right is difficult too, when you can just buy takeout when ever you want. Cook your own meals, and you will be happier and healthier.


7. Download Uber.

Uber is my favorite way to get around when I am in a hurry, the metro is down, or just because. Uber is easy - no need to ever have cash on you, just your phone. I have used it countless times, and I have never had a problem with it. When you share your ride with others who have the app, it costs next to nothing. And your friends can give you free rides!



8. Work hard at your internship.

You are not paid much for the work you do, and by showing effort and initiative, you will impressive your supervisors or boss. This is important if you want to get a positive outcome from your internship.


9. Do not be afraid.

There are plenty of things in D.C. that can cause fear. Asking questions or for help. Messing up. Getting lost. Crime. The list is endless, but Washington really is not as big and scary as I thought it was. If you do not let your fear take over, you will overcome it, and you will thrive here.


10. Take full advantage.

This may be the most obvious lesson, but I feel the need to say it anyway. D.C. has so much to offer. This is a great opportunity to help you decide what and who you want to be. It is also a big stepping stone in your education/career. So take full advantage of what you have been given. Here are a few more tips on how to succeed here.


I hope you all enjoyed my list! I look forward to see what the next few weeks will bring.

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