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11 Daily Struggles When You Intern Out Of State

The bus (or train) is your new bed.

Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door at your favorite company, but that doesn’t mean they’re perfect. Since you’re probably working for, oh, about zero dollars an hour, you’re trying to live as cheaply as possible. If you’re working in a big city, this most likely means living far, far away -- maybe even in a different state -- to save on rent.

For interns who ride the struggle bus every morning for hours just to get to work, this means dealing with all sorts of annoying problems day in and day out. Let’s commiserate together about all of the awful things that long-suffering interstate commuters have to deal with on a daily basis:

  1. Waking up at an ungodly early hour

    A long commute means you need to put on pants, brush your teeth and get out your door wayyy earlier than everyone else does. Coffee will always be there for you even when your alarm clock isn't.

  2. Always worrying about being late

    No matter how much extra time you allow for or how early you leave, you’re constantly stressing about something going horribly wrong. Which brings us to...

  3. Traffic and/or slow drivers

    The only thing worse than being stuck on the highway when it’s at a complete standstill? Being stuck at a complete standstill AND running late.

  4. Just people overall

    The longer your commute, the more people you have to deal with and they’re all the worst.

  5. Paying for tolls

    If you’re not riding public transit, you probably have to cough up some hard-earned cash to get into the next state.

  6. Bad weather

    When it rains, it pours ... people who don’t know how to drive! Seriously, one drop of rain makes the commute ten times longer. Don't even get us started on snow. Commuting in the winter is THE WORST.

  7. People who take up more than their fair share of the bus seat

    Just because I’m small doesn’t mean I want to be squished up against the window, thankyouverymuch.

  8. Your phone is always dead by the end of your commute

    Finding a functional outlet is everyone's least favorite activity.

  9. People who try to talk to you when you just want to listen to music

    Look, I get it. It's a long ride, and striking up some light chit chat with whoever you're sitting next to is understandable. But I just want the smooth grooves of Ariana Grande to help ease my commuter pain. Please let me be.

  10. Even once you leave work, it takes forever to get home

    ~ There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home. ~

  11. But it’s all worth it, because you get to live your dream!

    And that’s why you’re there in the first place.