Friday was the day I had been anticipating for weeks. In my last blog post, I talked about my upcoming interview for an internship at NJ Transit. The day was finally here. I got up earlier than I should have and got ready much faster than I thought I would. While still at home, my mother took plenty of pictures of me in my suit as a memento of this day. My train wasn’t scheduled to leave until 8:01 am, and we had arrived at the station at about 7:45. Shortly before I got out of the car to walk on to the platform at the Aberdeen-Matawan train station, my mother held my hand as we prayed together. I kid you not, as we concluded the prayer, the morning sun shined directly at me. I took that as a sign from God saying “I got you fam. It’s all good.” I walked to the mid-rear of the station platform because, having taken this specific train (Express Train # 3326) all throughout last semester, I knew that it would more than likely be crowded so I would have to walk back to get a seat. Forgetting that it was a warm Friday, I was surprised to see the train emptier than usual, so finding a seat was not a hard task.
Upon arriving at Newark Penn Station, I realized that I had a good 45 minutes until my interview began so I descended into Newark Penn to grab some breakfast until it was time to head to NJ Transit’s headquarters across the street from Penn Station. About 15-20 minutes had passed and I decided not to wait any longer. I walked to 1 Penn Plaza (NJ Transit’s headquarters) and told the front desk who I was there to see, they then gave me an ID and I sat in the waiting area until the person I had been in contact with came down to get me.
To make a long story short, the interview went very well. The people who were interviewing me told me how impressed they were with my knowledge of the bus fleet and my interest in mass transit. They also told me how a lot of people who work there currently (including themselves) are like me in many ways. It made me very comfortable to know that if I get this position, I will be around folks who share my knowledge and interest in mass transit as well. I’ve always held my tongue when it came to mass transit because I was made fun of in middle school for showing how interested in it I was. So finding out that my knowledge was impressive to someone meant a lot to me. It taught me that someone may mock your skills, but someone else may be impressed by them. This reinforced the idea that had been beaten into my head all these years. “Always be yourself.”