My position at Horizons Washington through Americorp does not start until June 20th. For the time being, I have decided to spend my time at home in Woodstock, Georgia.
The transition back into my life at home has been weird and different. In Tallahassee, I had gotten used to my busy schedule and sort of enjoyed it because I was constantly on my feet. Being back home where I don’t have to worry about making my lunch and dinner or having to walk down 3 flights of stairs to wash and dry my clothes, I have gotten bored of doing pretty much nothing. It was nice for the first few days, but now I am bored. To prevent the days from blending together, I have taken any opportunity to leave the house. I’ll go grocery shopping, pick up clothes from the tailor, or take my dog to the dog park. Hopefully, the weeks leading up to my time in DC go by quickly. As much as I love my family, I look forward to being more productive with my time.
Today is Monday June 20th, my first day working with Horizons Washington. I woke up at 7 ready to start working at 8 am, to then find out that it was a federal holiday and the school would be closed. Since I have never been in school during June, I never really knew about this. Luckily, the place I was staying at was less than 20 minutes away, something I appreciate about the areY
Yesterday, Sunday, I arrived at my Airbnb in Rockville, Maryland, where I am renting out a room for a couple of weeks before moving into an unfurnished apartment. The Airbnb host is the sweetest woman. She has a daughter who has already graduated college and 3 rescue dogs. There is also another lady who has rented out another one of her rooms and has also been very welcoming. I have only been here for a little less than a day, and both women have made me feel comfortable and at home.
Unfortunately, even though she is an amazing host, I will not be able to stay with her for the rest of my time in the DMV (D.C, Maryland, Virginia) area because she is booked for the rest of summer and living in an Airbnb can get quite costly. As soon as I am done living at the Airbnb, I will be moving into a studio apartment in Washington D.C. Finding this apartment took a full week of looking, scrolling, and refreshing through multiple DMV facebook groups. During this week, I realized how expensive it is to live in this area. If I were to find a sublease below $2,000, it most likely had already been given to somebody. I quickly found out how many people were in a similar situation as me, as many were people interning on Capitol Hill or doing internships in the area. Luckily, this one person needed a someone to finish out their sublease and fortunate enough for me it ended write at the same time as my program. After staying at the Airbnb, I will be living in DC area for the rest of my time with Americorp and Horizons (which is the organization that I am working for).
Other than having struggled finding a place to live, the transition into life working for Americorp and Horizons Greater Washington at Norwood has been pretty smooth.