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Welcome to the Real World!!

This week’s blog comes to us from our Intern, Josh. He gave us a little insight into what the “real-world” feels like for the first time! ((Even if it is only for the summer))


As the month comes to an end, our last edition to our blog serves as a medium for those curious about how the current college student transitions from college life to the “real world”, a world that every student dreads casting themselves into. This blog comes with a little baggage, as I am currently interning here at Flats on D and thought it would be interesting to compare college life to the real world in which I am currently indulged in for the first time in my life.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Joshua Malenick and I am currently interning for the Bozzuto Group here at Flats on D for the summer. I am from just outside of Syracuse, NY and I am 21 years old. I am a current undergraduate student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Writing and Rhetoric. Along with my studies at HWS, I also am a member of the Hobart golf team and a brother of the Chi Phi Fraternity along with many other extracurricular activities that I participate in on campus.

Along with this being the first time away from college life this is also my first time being in Boston for an extended period of time. Prior to moving to Boston, I had very little understanding of what it meant to truly be an adult. Paying bills, cooking for myself and being punctual to get to work instead of just hitting the snooze button because I have “skips” left in that particular class are just a couple of things that come to mind when I think about the differences from living at college to where I am at now.

When traveling to Boston to begin my summer long journey, I found myself to be lost, metaphorically and literally. Upon entering the city via the Mass Pike I missed my exit, which consequently sent my iPhone GPS into a frenzy and added another hour onto my trip. From the get-go, I knew this was going to be a world of difference but I never realized how different it would be.

Perhaps the biggest difference between being on my own versus being at college is how I spend my spare time when I have it. Normally, I come home at night and cook dinner and possibly clean a little bit or do some of my laundry as opposed to going out and getting drinks with my friends or playing a round of golf after class. My golfing days have been limited out here in Boston and while it has taken a piece of my heart not being able to play at any given time, I sometimes think it’s a blessing to my mental state of being without the frustration of playing terribly.

Basically, getting older is the worst thing ever. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t get older. While it has its perks, like my own freedom, it also has many burdens that come with it. I think my plan of action is to fail all of my classes when I go back to school so I can pursue a career in being a professional student, although I think my parents might be opposed to that plan of action. The moral of this blog is too remind those reading of your college days and how your life has changed since then and how it will continue to change. Until next time.

Joshua Malenick

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