When I moved here I gave myself a two week window. Two weeks to settle, kind of figure things out and find a job in my field.
Now that two weeks have ended, some of that list has been completed. Others haven't, but I'm still working on that.
What's Been Done
Well I got a mattress. That was obviously step one since I'm committed to staying the whole four-ish months, and I'd like to not sleep on the couch. Also with the number of online mattress retailers it made this process pretty simple. I decided to go with a full size Tuft & Needle mattress for $500, and it showed up like an hour after I moved in.
And honestly it's the best mattress I've ever slept on. I actually have trouble waking up in the morning because it's too comfortable. Also I'm not affiliated with them in any way, which you probably could've guessed. Oh, and their return policy is 100 days (much like most mail order mattresses) so if I don't like it I can return it, or in their case work with them to donate it to a local charity. So that's pretty neat.
Second on the list was setting the room up. With the help of discarded furniture from around the house and a few flags I brought from home, it actually looks like a livable room now. Some people can live with just white walls, but I can't deal with that. Flags are the perfect cover up, or a tapestry, or anything else you can think of that packs light. So yeah, pro-tip: pack a flag so you don't go insane.
Other than that the only other things that have been done are just day-to-day things like figure out public transit, where the grocery store is, what gym works best (more on that in another post) and the like.
*quick side note, a lot of this wouldn't have been possible without the support of my family and roommates/their friends here. That's definitely helped a ton, psyche-wise and figuring out the area.*
What's Still To Do
Get a job. But yeah seriously that's next up, and it's definitely an ordeal. The only saving grace here is that it at least feels like there are more opportunities in fields that I would like to work. And worst-case-scenario I end up getting a job I hate for a month to pay some rent.
That's basically all I need to do though, I feel as though I've settled fairly quickly and feel relatively at home here. It was definitely a big change moving here, but at the same time it doesn't really feel that different.
I'm not sure if that's because I already knew some people here, or because I really do feel at home traveling, but whatever the reason I'm content with it. Also Philly is a great training city. It's not super big and over-bearing like New York, and it's not close enough to home that I could just drive like Chicago, so this is basically perfect.
I can get my bearings here, and then move on to the next adventure, wherever that may be.
But first I need a job.