My first week was so exciting. I went to two after-work events: one was a congressional fundraiser for a representative in California, and the other was a Transportation Research Board event. My boss is really well known in DC for transportation related issues, so it was really cool to see how everyone respected her! My coworker (who is also a rising senior, but at George Washington University) and I were definitely the youngest people there by several decades. I expected a lot of the people I networked with to look down on us because of how young and inexperienced we are but it was actually the complete opposite. Everyone was so kind and curious to talk to us and know about us. It was truly a great experience.
Thankfully, I have yet to make any huge screw-ups just yet. I will say, however, that it has been taking me a pretty long amount of time to get simple tasks done. I think it is because I am afraid of making a mistake and I want to present perfect, quality work. I guess that is something that will come to me over time, though! I am really lucky to have a super kind supervisor and boss. They are so patient and understanding!
Another cool perk: I work in a WeWork space so there’s always cool stuff happening. There is a ping-pong table downstairs, free coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, and sometimes even have free beer on tap. I have never felt more like a millennial in my life. I can’t say I’m not enjoying it though! People always bring their dogs to the office too, so that’s a huge positive.