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I feel like the luckiest girl in the world being able to intern in the Big Apple.  I love it so much.  I work with amazing people and truly enjoy what I do.  It’s unbelievable that I’m actually following my dreams.  I couldn’t be happier!  Interning in NYC has already taught me so much.  I have seen and heard a lot of things but I have also met so many awesome people.  Here are a couple things that I have learned this past month.

1. Quiet Cars don’t have signs saying they are quiet cars.

I commute into the city from Kean University so I take NJ Transit train to Newark and then take the Path train to Penn Station.  I am a loud person, that’s just who I am and I don’t think I will ever be able to change it.  Luckily, I get to commute into the city with my friend every Tuesday and Friday.  One day on NJ Transit, I was sitting with my friend and we were talking and laughing about something that happened the previous day.  The train pulled into Newark Penn and as my friend and I lined up to get off, a man came up to me and told me that the first and last car on the NJ Transit trains are quiet cars during rush hour. I almost told him where to shove it, but 1. I am a lady and 2. he was kind of nice about it.  There were no signs on the cart telling me this so I was unaware.  I thought it was one of those unwritten rules but as I was boarding the NJ Transit this morning, they made an announcement about it so now I’m glad I kept my composure.

2. How to make money in NYC without a job.

Speaking of trains, I’ve seen more hustlers in NYC in this past month, than I’ve seen my whole life.  Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I’ve seen a lot.  I was on the A train when I was still interviewing for an internship when an apparently blind man and his friend came onto the train. He explained his background and then proceeded to do some magic tricks.  It was pretty impressive.  He then passed a bag around to collect money and then at the next stop he and his friend got off and onto the next cart to do some more tricks.  I have seen other people do other tricks like sing or play an instrument for money, and I get it, it’s hard out here.  I definitely respect their hustle.

3. Cheap pizza is my favorite kind of pizza.

One of my favorite things about NYC is the dollar slice.  It is lovely.  Who wants to pay an arm and a leg for a slice of pizza? Not this broke intern.  They’re pretty common at least here in the Garment District.  I love pizza and I love a bargain, so I’m one happy camper.

4.  Free makeovers are great makeovers.

ATTENTION EVERYBODY! Sephora gives complimentary as in free 15 minute mini-makeovers.  You don’t even have to buy anything to get one.  I always arrive a little early into the city, so I always have time to kill.  Hellooooo Sephora.  You can get your brows done, a smokey eye, lipstick application, and more, ALL. FOR. FREE. I didn’t know this until I started interning even though I’ve been shopping at Sephora for a while now.  Today, I got a lipstick application that I was very happy with.  This isn’t just this one Sephora on 34th, it’s all Sephoras so it doesn’t matter if you’re not in NYC.

5.  Keep it movin’.

DO. NOT. STOP. Especially if you just randomly stop in the middle of the sidewalk with a bunch of people walking behind you.  Why would you do that? Do you want to get run over? Did you not watch the Lion King, you remember what happened to Mufasa right? Okay, sorry, I know, touchy subject.  But yeah, please don’t stop in the middle of the sidewalk, to the side you go.  Thanks.

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