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Posted by Jennifer Barish at 4:31PM
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Blog posting written by Jennifer Barish, Communication Management & Design ‘14, FLEFF intern, Skokie, IL

Last summer, while interning in downtown Chicago, I attempted to be an adult. Pencil skirts. Train tickets from the suburbs to the city. Newspapers. Lattes.

My days were long, and after my unpaid commitment to a small consulting firm, I would take the red line home, throw my heels in the closet, and don a navy hat and gray park district t-shirt. I was a working stiff that hot summer—a corporate drone by day and a concession stand dish-washer by night.

This type of lifestyle was a culture shock, and my first taste of the “real world” was influential, but brutal.

Miles away from the dynamic Ithaca College campus where you can find impromptu string quartets on the quad, my life felt flat—a lit too stable, a bit too busy, and just uninspired.

But the train station made life deliciously more noisy and volatile.

Men and women singing the blues. Public displays of affection. Domestic disputes and heartfelt apologies. Bucket boys. Sports rivalries.

I put down the paper and started to listen, and the hot summer was soothed by these micro moments of chaos, music, and voyeurism.

The train was my microtopia—where my world could be dynamic, but safe, impulsive, yet calculated.


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