Anonymous User wrote:
also, im kind of tired of dc but i think appreciate your point-- i should suck it up.
Sorry, off topic, but would you mind sharing why this is? I am going there this summer so any info is appreciated. Thanks.
As for what to do, take the GW evening prog and run with it. This "T14 or bust" mentality that is prevalent here is thankfully less so in the patent field. However, your bio undergrad is less than optimal. They usually want advanced degrees for bio. But I think in your situation, the risk is worth it. Not withstanding your feelings about DC, the area is a patent hub, and a quick search will show that GW places very well at firms in the area. Your personal connections are also a great asset.
Whatever happens, do NOT quit your job unless it is for a summer associate gig leading to a full time job.
this is a tough one to explain. i don't want to ruin your experience here but it's really all about personalities. if you are only here for a summer, dc in the summer is great. its fun, upbeat and there's a ton to do with the influx of ppl.
after a while though, i personally get tired of all up the up tight and pretentious name dropping (yeah i worked on the hill too but i'm not dropping the sen. name every time). also, ppl are a lot more calculated here than any other city i've lived in. most will only talk to you if they think you can help them. housing is incredibly and unnecessarily expensive. it's a transient place and very competitive. people come for school, their first job, etc.
again, i've been here for about 3 years and it doesn't mesh well with me. yes, i can handle it for now and i have the education/work experience/personality to fake it with ppl here but no, i do not want to stay here much longer. some people love it here and could never live anywhere else. i'm not one of those.
it's really what you make out of it. if you can get a solid group of friends who aren't insanely annoying about politics or what ngo they work for, it can be a great place for a few years.