My home away from home

June 10, 2009
By Brittany Schuessler

So far my internship experience at ELLE has been phenomenal. It's surreal, glamorous and hard work. Because of the number of us and the somewhat long work hours, most interns are part-time now, including me . Consequently, I've picked up another internship at ITMG, a fashion-forward public relations firm. I start work there June 11.
I am dealing with confidential editorial content on a daily basis at ELLE and I've signed a contract stating that I will not blog about my internship. As a result I'll tell you more about my time at ITMG, if they allow it, and I'll continue to talk about my time in the city.

In New York there's always something to do and something new to see. So to make the most of our time my friends and I have made a list of everything we want to do and see while we are here. For the past week my roommates and I have been making check marks on our list.

We went to the South Street Seaport, which is on the water. It provides a spectacular view of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the seafood is delicious. We've gone to Central Park on various occasions to tan and cool off in the fountains. And we have tested out various night clubs, where girls get in free, of course. At one hot spot, The Pour House, a bar close to my area, my roommates saw Whitney Port from the MTV shows, "The City," and "The Hills."

Living in a dorm here was the best decision I could have made because I've met so many people experiencing the same things as me. I have a meal plan so I don't have to worry about starving or money for food. We've all moved away from home, we're all on our own, we're all trying to get ahead in life -- we've formed a bond -- the people I've met have become my family away from home.

A down side to living in the dorm is that when one person gets sick the entire floor seems to get infected. One guy who is living down the hall from me moved in sick. Within days he went home and was hospitalized with a high fever. He came back to the city on Sunday and he, along with our NYU family, went to a movie together. [I highly recommend seeing "The Hangover;" it's hilarious]. As we were walking back to the dorm I realized I didn't feel well at all. One guy offered me medicine, and another offered me vitamin C and a thermometer. I had a temperature of 101.7.

Even though I was sick, I still attended work on Monday, because I didn't want to make a bad impression by missing a day my second week at ELLE. Around 2:00 p.m. an editor went home sick. Then I found out an intern went home sick the week before, and then I was sent home early enough to make a stop at the NYU Health Center. I was told I had a virus and I was contagious and I was advised not to return to work for at least 48 hours. And so I'm spending most of my day today sleeping and recuperating. My friends and roommates are taking good care of me.

I hope to be well for work tomorrow morning, for my first day at ITMG Thursday, and for my birthday on Friday. Although I wish my loved ones in Nebraska could be here, I can't wait to celebrate turning 22 with my New York family and friends.