Making Friends From Scratch: D.C. Edition

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2021

Coming to D.C. was the weirdest mix of excitement and anxiety I have ever experienced. I was excited to see everything this amazing city had to offer, but on the flip side, I was anxious to be alone in an apartment where I knew nobody, working virtually 5 days a week. I wanted an in-person internship so badly, to be able to really experience what it was like to work on Capitol Hill. I can’t lie, I was disappointed. But, nonetheless, I pushed through the worries and made it to D.C. Upon arriving, I spent the first two days practically alone. You can probably guess that this freaked me out, making me scared that my whole summer would be this way. That was, until my roommate, Taitelyn, arrived.

Somehow, someway, I was placed to live in the same room as someone who is exactly like me. As the days went on, I realized we were both clean freaks, we had the same sense of humor, and we loved to explore the city. I slowly began to feel less alone. She worked from home for the first two weeks of the summer and she was my coworker essentially. We would watch hearings together, help each other with work, and share the occasional joke about how tired we were. Now that it’s almost the end of the summer, I can confidently say, I cannot imagine life without having met her. She’s become one of my best friends and made this program a million times better. If you’re scared about the loneliness of embarking on an internship away from home, let this be a lesson that the most supportive systems can come out of the scariest journeys. I was able to let go of all my anxieties and truly focus on the learning experience that is working for a member of congress.

At the end of the day, the friendships that you find unexpectedly really are the best ones and sometimes, when things don’t work out the way you wanted them to, it’s because they worked out the way you really needed them to. So, take a deep breath and stop worrying so much! Being an intern is so much fun and can possibly lead to a lifelong friend.

Anna Gamboa
Office of Congressman Lloyd Doggett
Washington, D.C. | Summer 2021