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Journeying across NYC on the first day of my summer internship

June 6, 2011

Penn Station NYC main entrance Journeying across NYC on the first day of my summer internship

The main entrance to Penn Station in New York City, which Colleen passes during her morning commute. (Credit: Wikipedia user Rickyrab)

Colleen Turner (@cecturner on Twitter) will be a senior this fall at St. John’s University.

By Colleen Turner

I woke up Tuesday morning feeling both excited and nervous. It was my first day at my summer internship with Company 20, an event marketing and management company based in New York City, and I could feel the first day jitters staring to take over. Luckily I have three amazing brothers, one of which made me lunch (because sometimes you just have to brown bag it) – thanks, Tom! After putting on the perfect outfit, I stuffed the brown bag with the rest of my things and walked to the train.

TURNERheadshot Journeying across NYC on the first day of my summer internship

Colleen Turner

It is always a good idea to get to work early, especially on your first day. It makes a great first impression on your bosses and co-workers and portrays you as professional and prepared to work.

Since it was my first day, I decided to take an even earlier train in, just to be safe. I am commuting this summer with my best friend Laura, who is also working in NYC!

We both work 10-6, but met on this gorgeous, 75 degree morning to catch the 8:17 train. The ride went smoothly as we chatted about the events of this past Memorial Day weekend and our desire to be on the beach.

It was the start to a perfectly planned day — that is, until my phone started furiously vibrating, receiving e-mails that had been sent over the last few days! One of these e-mails was from my boss, telling me that I didn’t have to be in the office until 11am. We arrived in Penn Station at 8:54, leaving me with two hours to walk a total of four blocks.

“If you’ve never been to NYC before, it truly is one of the best places to explore and make new friends.”

I took the A downtown with Laura towards her building. We had decided that the subway ride, a pit stop for coffee, and making the three-block walk to her office would kill a good amount of time. Starbucks was packed to the brim with businessmen and tourists alike forming a line that stretched out the door and onto the sidewalk. As I’ve gotten older and my love for coffee has grown, I’ve learned that I need to budget both time and money for my caffeinated friend.

We took our iced coffees to the front doors of Laura’s office and decided to meet again later to catch the 6:13 train home. The A uptown took me back to Penn, where I found another Starbucks to sit in and just wait. Time is 9:45.

I spent the next half hour walking four blocks. I made some new friends along the way and searched the area to pick out my coffee joint and lunch options. If you’ve never been to NYC before, it truly is one of the best places to explore and make new friends.

There’s a saying that my high school basketball coach used to preach to us every day at practice: “If you’re not early, you’re late.” I sat in my desk at 10:45 – perfectly on time.

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