Upon entering my apartment, I met two of the sweetest girls; the fourth roommate hadn't arrived yet, so I had the second bedroom to myself. I chose the bed by the window which doubles as a wall. Light wakes me up in the morning, so leaving the blinds a little cracked will ensure that I don't hit the snooze and roll over! Strategic planning is everything.
Missing a roommate turned out, as we learned during a Q&A session, to be pretty typical. Delayed flights, later flights, being on the quarter system-- it's not a big deal since everyone was still somewhere in the process of getting from Point A to Point B. Roommate #4 arrived at some point in the wee hours, bless her heart. She's been a bit of a ninja, silently slipping in and out of the apartment, but she seems very sweet from what communication we have had with her.
Roommates #1 and #2 are from Florida, although different universities, and I think as far as roommates go we all struck gold. You hear scuttlebutt about people not caring for their roommates (or worse- a personality conflict); this is definitely not the case with our apartment. At least between those two and me. We haven't spent enough time around our ninja roommate. I swear, she has skills. Numerous times we've looked around only to find that she's disappeared! I think, though, that we'll all get along very well.
There are a few things you have to do within a week after arriving; submit a roommate agreement form, and check off the inventory list. As I was unpacking yesterday, roommates #1 and #2 came in and we informally discussed the roommate agreement. It turns out that we're all in sync with one another: honesty and open communication are extremely important to all of us. Score! We all agree that if we keep that line of communication open with one another that we'll be able to nip any problems in the bud as they come up. Certainly, there were other little things that bugged each of us, and so we'll work on those to keep the peace, but it all seems to go back to communication. I am so very thankful to have been placed with girls who feel the same way. Learning to live with someone new is an adventure that can go one of two ways. I'm thankful that it seems to be going in a positive direction.
In all seriousness, I remember having a conversation with someone at TWC regarding the apartment bedding, and I vividly remember being told there were sheets, a pillow, and a blanket provided. There were no such items. So, if you're getting ready to come to TWC in the future, be forewarned! Bring an extra long twin sheet set, a pillow, and your favorite blanket! A quick run to Walmart via the night shuttle solved the problem. Lesson learned: Don't double-check -- triple check!!
While we had an evening orientation session on arrival day to introduce the staff and meet in small groups according to our floors in the apartment building, it felt like the program really began today. On arrival day, everything is casual. You just got off the flight, your suit coat isn't pressed -- they get it! Day 2 is when everyone gets down to business. It was an incredible feeling to be in a large crowd of young professionals! Orientation continued, and afterwards you were able to meet your Academic Program Advisor. Various workshops were offered throughout the afternoon from stress management, to a personality type test that you could take, to discussing how to be successful as a young professional in the Washington DC work environment. Orientation attendance was mandatory. Workshops were optional, but I would highly recommend them for incoming TWC interns. Or, for some, perhaps the recommendation is better pointed towards taking a nap. Benefits can come from many directions!
I've learned a lot already about what goes into being a TWC intern, and I'm looking forward to my program orientation tomorrow morning. This summer will be phenomenal!