So today was my first day as an intern at women’s health.
These are 10 things i’ve learnt, do what you like with these 10 things, learn from them, laugh at me, tut at me but whatever you do, don’t do the same as me.
1. Always wee before you leave the house – So in Devon, I can normally hold on until I reach my destination because not everything is over 1 hour away and you don’t have to pay 30p simply to pee. Poet. So, my bladder got a huge workout this morning, franticly trying to find my way round London just to find a free toilet.
2. Take enough food – So my plan was to get lunch out, that was fine, I had a lush avocado and chicken salad from Itsu. I also had a smoothie, apple and carrot sticks – to last me from 8am-8pm. Not happening. I’m writing this post while my gut is eating itself on the train home, I feel like passing out and I must realise… coffee is not enough & buy more food
3) Don’t rely on technology – So I relied on my trusty iPhone that decides to turn off every now and then to navigate me around central London. The maps are hard to read as it is and to top it off, on the way back, in the dark may I add, the maps decide to tell me London Victoria doesn’t exist. Obviously just lies, maybe maps were starving hungry as well, but who knows, all I can say is don’t search for a good 10 minutes trying to find London Victoria and then fill me with panic when you tell me Victoria doesn’t exist. IT DOES EXIST! It didn’t that help my sense of direction is none existent and the policeman I asked can not direct at all ‘go down there darling (pointing to a wall) then right, then walk in that direction’ – top cheers mate. Im buying a London map tomorrow A) so I know where i’m going and B) it’s so much fun to look like a tourist.
4) Don’t run just because you have trainers on – I ran down the Buckingham Palace drive, simply because everyone else was, I felt like I should join in with my trusty new Nikes on.. but.. I had a rucksack with my laptop in and clothes on that weren’t suitable for running in, so I actually looked more stupid than I did walking, it was also ridiculously uncomfortable.
5) Don’t think transcribing an interview will be quick – It’s not, 3 hours later, I was still going.
6) Buy your travel tickets the day before – This is if you have no idea what to do, it didn’t help matey boy couldn’t explain properly – hmmm a lot of people don’t seem to be explaining properly, maybe it’s me and i’m just thick.
7) Wrap up warm – London is bloody freezing at night, I couldn’t hold my phone in my hand, not that I needed it with my maps not working
8) Remember not everyone is out to kill you – My paranoia was out in full swing.
9) Remember going to a body combat class twice a week does not make you invincible – In my mind, I genuinely think this.. my paranoia was calmed when I remembered I did body combat (my reason ill be ok in any situation is ‘its ok i do body combat) however, if someone attacked me, a fitness class based on martial arts to music t is probably not going to help.
10) Don’t think you’re just going to watch everyone do the work – I was full on stuck in researching and emailing different bits of research I had found, welcome to the world of work chlo.
But overall, working at Women’s Health is an experience and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week, let alone month has to bring in… eeeeekkkkk!