One of my proudest heritage is living in the Bronx as a Nigerian immigrant. I love to speak from my personal experience here because it differed from my peers who live at home and attend schools in the city or who attend my Clark.
Summer 2018 was the breakthrough moment in my career exploration track. I landed an internship at Ogilvy, a well-respected agency in the advertising industry. (maybe add two sentences historically).
But like many summer internships, one of the many obstacles I faced was the commute to work. I live on the 5 line, ten minutes from Baychester train station, and Ogilvy is at Hell's Kitchen. The best way to describe my location to people who don't know is that I live on the edge of the Bronx. Just like Wall St is on the edge of Manhattan.
My ETA to my internship site is an hour and 15 minutes, not a minute less and may include additional train delays due to unforeseen circumstances.
At first, my morning routine includes having not less than 3 alarms set because there are many times when I snooze them without realizing my actions will result in being late. My little brothers also go to school, so we have to battle out who gets to use the bathroom on a first come, first serve basis. After an early morning Hunger Games of the bathroom, I am off to work.
Getting used to the train commute did not come easy. There were times when listening to music for an hour was exhausting. This led to multiple podcasts downloads that are intellectually stimulating. My favorite is Conversations with people who hate me.
Additionally, I wrote some blogs, like this one haha. I concluded that if the commute was going to be long, I might as well be productive. It helps to relax me when I am stressed. Sometimes, I journal about my day and networking strategy for the next week: who to get whose business card, who to grab coffee with, and so on.
And I get it, for some of you reading, you may not appreciate writing after a full day at work. I would grab a book or two. Make a reading goal to finish some interesting books over the summer.