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Welcome To New York: 3 Takeaways from Week 1

Until last week, New York City has always been a tourist destination for me. Now, I’m shifting the lens and viewing the city as a catapult for my future career, starting with my summer internship. From moving-in, participating in company orientation, and meeting plenty of new people, it goes without saying that my first week in the city was absolutely crazy. Through it all, below are the 3 lessons I learned:

  1. Make lists: I am a big believer in lists and this first week continues to support my judgement. I made a list for almost everything, including a grocery list, shopping list for my living space, deadlines for my internship, etc. Lists help me stay organized and aware of everything that needs to be done. Although lists are not for everyone, definitely implement an organizational system that works for you!
  2. Prep your meals: After my realization of how quickly eating out adds up, I took myself to the grocery store and loaded up on food. I bought snacks, sandwich ingredients, and fruits and veggies. Prepping your meals is a great way to eat fresh food while honing your cooking skills. I recommend Trader Joe’s or local produce markets for groceries.
  3. Corporate can be casual: Influenced by Babson’s business environment, I suited myself with a standard business dress code in mind for my first day, and many other interns did too. I was surprised, yet glad to find many full-time employees dressed in sneakers and jeans. This shattered my perception of the corporate world, and made me relax in the company’s comfortable and friendly environment. However, note that each company’s dress code varies and it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Check back next week for an update! See you then!