Monday, July 1, 2013

My dream job: Worth the commute

You've probably heard me talk about how I commute into the city every day (does that mean I complain about it too much?). Most people give me a sympathetic look when I tell them, but honestly it's not that bad.

Here's a little peek into what it takes to get from Connecticut to NYC:

My alarm goes off at 7 a.m., and I roll out of bed at 7:12. After a quick breakfast, my mom drives me to the train station and I catch the 7:42 train. A short nap and a few awkward encounters with suited businessmen later, I arrive in Grand Central at 9:02— if I'm lucky, and the train is on time. From there, I have to speed walk to the Hearst Tower on the corner of 8th Ave. and 57th St. (so, you know, really far away). On the way back I know I have to leave right at 6 p.m. to get back to Grand Central and make it onto the 6:29 train. Then at 7:42, exactly 12 hours later, I'm back at the Fairfield Metro train station, where one of my parents is always waiting for me.

I had to snap a picture outside the test kitchens!
My commute is the only routine part of my (long) day. Once I arrive at Food Network Magazine, all bets are off. On my second day of interning, I got in line at 7 a.m. to buy a certain rare New York pastry (this meant I had to wake up at 5 a.m.) and then I built a shelf using—get this—a power tool! I've had the chance to visit the Food Network Test Kitchens. Just this past week, I had the chance to attend a holiday gift preview at the SoHo House, complete with delicious tuna tartare canap├ęs.

Most days are a little less hectic and include editorial tasks, running a few errands and sending out lots of packages. I also pitch a few story ideas every week, which means scrolling through blogs and looking for food news.

People who know me could tell you that I spend most of my free time checking the 20 or so food blogs I have bookmarked on my laptop. So, can you say dream job? Today I turned to my fellow intern, Alix, and said, "Do you realize some people don't regularly get free food at their job?" That idea seems almost foreign to us. We are so lucky!

Every time I get on the train to go back home, I dream of moving to the city after graduation. It probably won't happen right away, but I'll definitely leave Metro North Rail for the subway soon. In the meantime, though, you can keep up with my almost daily commute tweets (spoiler alert: it's mostly me complaining about the arctic temperatures on the train).

By Ana Rocha, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Food Network Magazine
Edited by Kelli Fitzpatrick, Kent State University, Reader's Digest

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