Okay technically PA to MD...the budget of the average 23-year-old communications grad doesn't really allow for a move right into D.C.
We are rapidly approaching the one-year anniversary of my first big move after college. I moved in with my uncle in MD after I accepted my job, which actually IS in the District. In fact it's right down the street from the Washington Monument. #views
Moving to a new city right after the bubble that is college can be a real challenge. I find it difficult to open up and make friends right away. It was a real blessing to have family in the area when I was starting out. I had the opportunity to save up my money to move out and had someone that I knew to show me the area. Just a few months ago, I finally flew the family circle and moved in with some young ladies (and I couple of cats) still in MD, but a bit closer to the city.
Luckily, I love my roommates. It's nice to have people to watch The Bachelor and eat Hawaiian pizza with. It's also super convenient that this house is 75% Steelers fans. :) We need to do something about the one from Patriots country. ;P
But the move also hit its hard parts. I don't know what moving to other states is like, but I would not wish moving to Maryland to my enemies. I don't want to feed into conspiracy, but I'm convinced initial state auto inspections will fail all vehicles so that they can make a cool $1000 off of you. Am I bitter? You bet I am. Many more hundreds of dollars later, I have a state approved car with new plates and a new license. It feels eerily like my PA-proud identity has been stripped from me. But I digress...
Since the nearly a year ago that I moved down here, I have done my fair share of exploring (mostly happy hours if we are being honest!) I look forward to exploring the city further and sharing some of my favorite D.C. finds with you. Stay tuned Friday for one such adventure!
What was your first year on your own like? Also, any D.C.-based bloggers have any suggestions of places to go and people to see in the city?