My name is Kelsey, and I just got this amazing internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
How? A program called “Chicago Semester,” that partners with my college, Dordt College. Chicago Semester gave me the opportunity to move to downtown Chicago to live, work, and study for the semester. Even though I left behind my apartment and friends, I am looking forward to the experience and memories I will make in the big city.
You may have guessed already, I am not originally from Chicago. I am actually quite foreign to the city life; my hometown is a small, small town in South Dakota. As I drove into the city of Chicago, I knew I was in for a whole new experience. Meaning, I had to say ‘good-bye’ to farm animals and open fields, and ‘hello’ to tall buildings and packed subways. I am actually currently recovering from a mild case of culture shock, but I will bounce back quickly.
One of my biggest weaknesses is food. I love food! I like to cook and bake, and even read through cook books. Yet most of all, I love to eat out. As I stroll through the streets, I am taking mental notes of all the restaurants I want to try. The options are endless! (I am hungry just thinking about it.)So far, I am in love with Chicago Deep Dish pizza. Other than food, I want to also experience Chicago through the arts and other activities. I might as well take advantage of this opportunity!
I must admit, I learned very quickly that living in the city is much more expensive than life back on the lone-range. Like many of you, I am still a college student with a limited budget. So as you can imagine, I am looking for every way to save money. Yet, know that saving money doesn’t mean you have to completely limit yourself. In the next few months, you will get to know me better as I share my experiences, both past and present, of ways to save a buck. Every cent counts!
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