Today is my last day interning for SALT, and I am moving to New York City as soon as I leave my cubicle.
Us Weekly accepted me as an editorial intern this summer, and I will be working for them for course credit (i.e., without pay). Though that internship will be a huge help for me financially in the long run, living in the Big Apple for 2 months with no income is going to be a struggle.
I have to keep my monthly loan payments up to date and pay for housing, food, and transportation (and maybe tickets to a show on Broadway and a Yankees’ game, if I can’t resist). Luckily, this internship has given me a few months of good old SALT™ money savvy in my back pocket to keep my spending in check.
What I’ve Learned
During this internship, I was able to use what I was learning to financially plan my whole summer and senior year of college. I signed the lease for an apartment, planned on making extra payments on my loans, and picked my ideal savings account. For the first time since I was in college, I felt like I was in control of my money. Needless to say, my new unpaid internship threw a bit of a wrench in my plans.
But, if there’s one other big thing I’ve learned here at SALT, it’s to expect the unexpected (last minute presentation malfunctions and focus groups will teach you that very quickly). Even though my financial planning isn’t going as hoped, I am prepared for the next few months.
These Next Few Months
I’ve managed to secure a dorm room that I will be sharing with five strangers at New York University for only $211 a week (for those of you who haven’t looked for housing in NYC, this is incredibly cheap). I have decided not to sign up for a meal plan and instead learn to cook. I’m going to try to incorporate something into my diet other than Red Bull and Ramen (sorry, Grandma, still haven’t learned).
I’m hoping to secure a dog-walking job while there. Or maybe I’ll learn to juggle and become a street performer. Or maybe teaching karate lessons will do it. No matter, I still need to find a way to make money while I’m there that won’t impact my internship hours.
In addition, I am required to take a course at NYU to secure my housing. The cheapest course I could find that had real life application for me was on creating my own financial plan for the future—learning how to build roofs and facades was a cheaper option, but I didn’t take it.
Along with my money struggles, I hope to make connections and network, meet new people, and figure out what I plan on doing with my future career.
With all of these crazy financial and career-related changes in my life, I’m shaking in my boots. Lucky for me, there will be one constant. Yep, you guessed it: It’s this blog (I bet you guys caught on with the title, huh?). I need somewhere to write about all the crazy stuff happening to me financially and career-wise in New York City. Why not on my favorite blog ever?
Do you have any advice for Sasha while she’s in New York City? Tell us in the comments!