8:00 AM looks dramatically different from this angle. It's not spinning anymore. The biggest thing that changes when you start work is your concept of midnight. I used to see midnight and go to the bars. Now I see midnight and go to sleep. I don't know if that's really funny, but it sure does suck. Senior year, you feel very old. Which is nice preparation for being the only one in your company without kids. The only way to be happy with your first paycheck is to assume they're going to take out 35% of your entire salary in takes. That way, when they only take 32% or 33%, you'll be thrilled. Interns just create work for other interns. My job is basically as a researcher and reporter, so I have to call people and ask them questions. And when they don't know the answer, they have their interns call someone else, who asks their intern, and so on, and so on. And then somehow, it all ends up back at the White House.