I have been living in the Austin area and interning at Newton O’Neill Communications for about two months. To say I’ve had my ups and downs would be an understatement. To be honest, my first month in town was extremely difficult. Living in a new, unfamiliar place and not knowing anyone is hard enough then paired with the stress of adjusting to a fast-paced internship made it especially difficult. Just a month later, so much has changed. I’ve met tons of people and have become a lot more comfortable with the internship and what is expected of me. I have also had the opportunity to experience a small amount of the wide variety of food, events and activities that Austin has to offer. A few of my favorites so far:
Austin City Limits Music Festival is at the top of my list. Not only did I attend all three days the first weekend, but my awesome cousin hooked me up with backstage passes. My first ACL experience is one I’ll never forget.
Benji’s Cantina might be my favorite restaurant so far. I am a sucker for Mexican food and margaritas, so much that if someone told me that Mexican food was the only type of food I could eat for the rest of my life, I would be perfectly ok with it.
Paddle Boarding on Lady Bird Lake with some friends has definitely been one of my best days in Austin so far. I felt like a local for the first time, which was awesome.
I know I have only experienced a very small part of what Austin has to offer, but I am really looking forward to some of our clients’ events, especially the Blue Genie Holiday Art Bazaar and My Yacht Club in November. My internship is about halfway over -- time is flying by so fast! Although I wasn’t so sure about a month ago, wasting a majority of my time soaking in my own self-pity, I got my act together. I’m so thankful that I have had the courage to step out of my comfort zone and move to a new place and start a new chapter of my life. As cliché as it sounds, this small town girl is finally getting an opportunity in the big city. Although I don’t know where I’ll be this time next year, or even a few months from now, I know that I am off to a great start!