After months of job-hunting, networking, and talking everyone's head off about my hopes for the future--I've finally moved to Washington, DC! It's all still a bit unreal--here I am, in the nation's capital with a fantastic job and about to move into my new apartment. I am content, I am blessed, and I am extremely thankful to all the friends and family who have been there with their encouragement and love.
So what is up in the life of Sanaa? Work at EMILY's List is fantastic. I come in every day with a passion to work and help continue the legacy that the organization has achieved by electing women to government who make positive change. As a research assistant I get to do quite a bit, whether it's fact-checking press releases, editing letters and statements, and doing original research on current issues and possible candidates/opponents. I love the work because it requires an eye for detail and building relationships with people in the office who are getting their work revised. My boss is wonderful and such a pleasure to work with, and my coworkers and interns are great! I'm steadily getting to know some really amazing people! Below is a picture of the reception area in our fancy office. In January I was interviewed in that cool glass room! I remember going to the office for the first time, seeing the flurry of downtown activity around the building, and walking into EMILY's List, thinking, "I have to get this job." And now, here I am!
I started my DC adventure on February 16th when I came to town with my mom, who stayed for a few days to help me get settled. All thanks to the wonderful Amber, I've been staying in a temporary sublet right in Dupont Circle, one of my favorite parts of the city! Amber found the studio on craigslist and recommended I look into it, and just my luck, the tenant needed someone to stay in her apartment for two weeks during her vacation to Costa Rica! The studio is very nice and cozy with all the amenities I've needed for my first weeks in the city. Seriously, this place has been great, and it's only a 25-minute walk from work!
Job? Check. Place to stay? Check. Permanent home? I'm proud to say that that will be a check in a few days' time! Apartment hunting has been a whirlwind of getting to know the city, figuring out budgeting, reading crazy reviews, and honestly, some frustration. I mean, check out this article: "It’s more expensive to live in D.C. than New York, study says." Yeah, that's great, isn't it? However, let me focus on the positive because that's what any kind of hunt (whether it's for a job or apartment or anything else) is all about! I'm happy that I can finally say that I've found a cute studio in a very nice area of the city right down the road from the National Cathedral and Islamic Center. I mean, check out these awesome pieces of architecture:
I still wake up in the morning thinking, "So I'm going back to Bowling Green when...?" This all seems so dreamlike or like a vacation--here I am, doing what I love in a wonderful city, and the fact that it's real and permanent is slowly dawning on me. This is my new home.