Last week we introduced you to Thamyn, the fabulous intern joining us here at 2M all the way from South Africa. Since she is brand new to Washington, DC, we’ve asked her to share her experiences this summer through a series of guest blog posts. For her first installment, Thamyn shares what it was like to leave home, arrive in DC, and begin to explore all that the District has to offer!
Just over a month ago I made the most important decision in my life – to date. I accepted an offer for a one-year internship in Washington, D.C. This was not a decision with many pros and cons to weigh but I was also living a very comfortable and safe life. The only con I really had was the initial monetary commitment for the trip but the bigger issue was missing an opportunity that I knew I would some day regret.
Once the ball was rolling and plans were being made, the month had gone by so fast that it was suddenly time to leave. All I felt was the excitement of seeing a whole new world and the sadness of leaving my family behind in South Africa.
After almost an entire day of travelling, I soon stepped onto the land of the free and the home of the brave and not knowing what to expect. Other than the usual formalities of entering a new country, I was immediately taken aback by the pleasantness of almost everyone I have encountered thus far from passport control down to the happy lady who cleans the hallway of the apartment building in which I live. Just not used to good service from all levels of industry I guess.
The company has been gratuitous to provide me with accommodation at one of their apartment buildings in the NoMa district. It’s a really sweet spot with very new appliances that I have had to learn to use and a really entertaining concierge. The building is pet-friendly and I have already made friends with my neighbor and their cute dog Sophie. The Metro is at my doorstep so it’s been very easy for me to get around. For someone who has not used public transport much, since it’s not the best system in my country, I have quickly mastered the D.C. Metro system. The neighborhood is part of a redevelopment project I have learnt and it’s clearly evident with the lovely new buildings improving the landscape.
Week 1 at WC Smith, has been amazing and everyone has really made an effort to welcome me to the company and to D.C.. So far I have been treated to 2 baseball games, my first burrito and Krispy Kreme donuts! I was warned beforehand that baseball games are sometimes slow and long, but I definitely got lucky to see 2 really exciting games. Perhaps it was because I’m a newby and just learning the game, or it could have been the awesome stadium atmosphere and seeing the passion of the fans, but the games were anything but dull.
I got to meet Emmy, the 2M pup who is always excited to meet new people. She definitely makes life away from home and my family much easier and the day so much more eventful.
So it hasn’t been all play and no work. Learning about the business and how the property market in the U.S. operates has been very insightful. I have been able to complete a few online training modules internally and sat in on some meetings surrounding properties currently in development. I love how customer satisfaction is at the core of the business and a pre-focus rather than an after thought. I have so much still to learn from this business and I am amped to be here. Sometimes it just seems to be the right place at the right time.
Stay tuned for more adventures in DC with Thamyn!
If you’ve been following us for a while, this post may feel like deja-vu. We’ve always supported biking as a green mode of transportation, but with Bike to Work Day in DC this Friday, we thought we would re-share our “Biking in NoMa” post. This Friday, May 16, thousands of DC Metro area commuters will choose two wheels to get to the office! There will be a pit stop right here in NoMa, one of 79 stops throughout the Metro area, where registered attendees can pick up a free t-shirt and other fun prizes. You can visit as many pit stops as you’d like, just be sure to visit the stop you registered for in order to get your t-shirt! If you’re headed to Southeast, stop by Canal Park for a break and some fun prizes. Registration is completely free and helmets are strongly suggested–safety first, guys!
Here is some info about biking in NoMa:
NoMa just may be the most bike-friendly neighborhood in D.C.
-The Union Station Bikestation provides 24 hour secure bike parking, lockers and repairs for over 100 neighborhood bicycles
-The popular Capital Bikeshare program has over 150 stations throughout the area, with 7 of them right here in NoMa
–NoMa BID has installed free tire-pump stations for your bike! You can find them at the corner of Third and L Streets, NE, the corner of First and K Streets, NE, and at 801 North Capitol Street (near CCDC)
-The Metropolitan Branch Trail, an 8-mile stretch from the National Mall to Silver Spring, Maryland, provides a tranquil passage for bikers and pedestrians alike.
We’re sure you’ve heard by now that Quicken Loans is offering a prize of one billion dollars to the person that completes a perfect March Madness bracket. Whether you’re in it for the big bucks or for the sheer love of the game, we wanted to point you toward some resources to help you complete your bracket.
1. When in doubt, always trust the powers of Rock, Paper Scissors.
2. Use the latest news and discussions about everything basketball on All Ballers to help inform your bracket selections.
3. Yahoo Pick ‘Em offers a clean, straight-forward selection process, ideal for those new to the process but fit for old pros as well.
4. Before taking in any games, newbies may want to brush up on their college basketball knowledge. Check out College Hoops Net for everything from team rankings to TV schedules.
5. Once the games have begun, you’ll want to keep up on the action. PC Mag has compiled some great options for live streaming NCAA games on your electronic devices.
While a $1 billion dollar prize is certainly enticing, the odds are likely not in your favor. If you’d prefer to simply feel like a billion bucks, enter the WC Smith company pool, where half of the winnings will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Make your entry donation by logging into your paypal account and sending $10 to firstname.lastname@example.org, then fill out a bracket here, using the password “March” to access the group tournament. Good luck everyone!
The leasing office will soon be open, and we are proud to say that 2M is staffed with some of the friendliest, most helpful people in all of DC! The 2M Street team has been hard at work creating a community, but we asked them to take a few moments to introduce themselves and to give an insider perspective on what life at 2M will be like. Without further ado, we proudly introduce…
Kaitlyn Luper: Assistant Property Manager
Kaitlyn, what was the path that led you here, either personally or professionally?
I worked with another management company for 3 years and was looking for more involvement and growth. I love working with people and helping them choose the perfect home. It is a chance to make a huge impact in people’s lives.
What made you want to come work for WC Smith and 2M Street?
WC Smith has a great reputation in the city for making a difference in people’s lives. Their outreach is amazing and I jumped at a chance to be part of such a great company. This will be my first experience with a brand new building, starting from the ground up. I wanted a chance to do something a little different then what I was used to within the industry, so 2M seemed like the perfect opportunity to branch out.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I enjoy reading, shopping, and playing with my dog.
Where do you see NoMa in 5 years?
I think the growth in NoMa will be amazing. It will be the place people want to live when moving in the city!
What do you think draws residents to 2M Street and NoMa now?
NoMa is an up and coming neighborhood. Residents will get to experience and see the growth of the area, as well as be a part of it first-hand. 2M Street will have every amenity our residents need and want, whether it is here in the building or within walking distance of the property.
If you only had 1 day in DC, what would be your top 3 musts?
Visiting the monuments, Arlington National Cemetery, and the National Archives.
What is your favorite green feature at 2M?
The rainwater harvesting system is impressive and unique.
What is your favorite 2M amenity?
The Dog Park!
Describe your perfect day at 2M.
It would start with a workout in the Fitness Center, and then I would take my dog for his workout at the Dog Park. Afterwards, I would take in a movie in the Theater Room, then head out to eat at one of the great NoMa restaurants. Later in the evening, I would invite some friends to socialize in the Rooftop Skyline Cafe.
Why would your pet love to live here?
My dog would feel like a true resident here! The dog park would be his fitness center, Emmy (the resident puppy) would be his first friend and contact in the office, and he would have an endless amount of other pets to play with.
Which 3 words best describe 2M?
Modern, convenient, and affordable.
Stay tuned for more “Meet the 2M Street Team” posts!