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Industrial and Systems Engineering
Carver MA

My first co-op!

Chad Rossi on Monday, 19 December 2011.

Hello everyone!

Hope you are having a great start to your winter! I am currently sitting in my apartment in Northern VA on this nice Sunday night ready to start my forth week at my co-op, Logistics Management Institute (LMI), which is a government consulter. So far it has been pretty amazing, especially since I am only like fifteen minutes away from Washington DC. There is just so much to do in such little time! Lets just start back at the beginning.


So, I found out I got this co-op last June, after the spring job fair. I was pretty pumped not only because I would be living right outside DC, but mostly because getting the first co-op is a little tough not having any work experience under my belt.  So my mom and I started looking for apartments and a car and all that fun stuff. Luckily, one of the employees at LMI has an apartment, from which he rents out two of the bedrooms to the co-op students for a cheap price so I was able to snag one of those.


I moved in the Saturday before my first day, just to give myself that extra day to explore the area. Did all the food shopping, got a gym membership, bought a couple things for my room and all that jazz.


So, the first day. I got all dressed up and pulled in the parking garage and I was so freaked out!  I mean, first day on the job, like an actual "full time" government job. Where people make a difference and stuff like that. Like the first day of co-op isn’t just a walk in the park. It's a whole new environment where Im just the new guy. So I went through orientation and all that fun stuff. There was a lot to take in and so much to learn but I knew I had to give it some time.


Now, the exciting stuff. What to do in DC? Well, lets just say that the best time to do most of the tourist stuff is during the night time. A friend of mine goes to college in the area so she gave me a little tour. We went to all of the memorials and monuments and there was no one there!!! Like during the day, its packed but at night, it's completely empty! I posted a picture of me at the Lincoln Memorial that night. It was epic.


Also, DC has a great variety of night clubs. I went out with a few of the other co-op students and went club hopping on a Saturday night. I know Rochester, NY has a few amazing night clubs but I had a blast that night. The best part is that there is a metro that runs through DC and there is a stop about five minutes away from my apartment so I don’t even need to drive into the city at all.


There is so much more that I could talk about but It's 10:30 PM and I have to get up at 6:30 for work =P


If you have any questions about co-op or the Northern VA or DC area, feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can comment on this blog.


Thanks for reading!