|This was the view from my hotel room window. Since my flight got in during the middle of the night, I couldn't really see anything as I was getting driven to my hotel, so this was my first real glimpse of Philadelphia.|
|This is a nice little self-portrait of myself before I went out exploring that first morning.|
|I had a few hours before I had to be anywhere, so I walked out of my hotel and started walking down this street.|
|That tall building on the left is the Comcast building, where I did all my interviews and had my fancy dinner the night before. It's the tallest building in Philadelphia; 56 stories high!|
|I was slightly tempted to push every button in the elevator, then exit and take a different one. I refrained, however, since I didn't think that would bode well for my chances of getting hired.|
|This is one of the main intersections (well, half of the intersection..about 3 or 4 different streets pass through it) that I walked past about a million times. I believe that is the state capitol in the distance with the spire.|
|A closer look at the capitol building. Lots of buildings in downtown had this really old look to it. I'm sure there's some technical term for the style, but I'll stick with "really old look."|
|NOMNOMNOMNOM (food eating sounds)|
All in all, the trip went really well. I only had a few hours to go exploring, but I got to see a lot and have a really good taste of what Philadelphia is like. Whenever I think of Philadelphia I think of the story of how Santa Claus came out during half time of an Eagles game, and the fans all threw snowballs at him. After visiting Philadelphia, that story no longer surprises me at all (ironic, considering it is supposedly the city of brotherly love). Everything is so fast paced and busy and the people would all get really mad really fast if someone wasn't paying attention. I was mostly just wandering around observing everything, so from my standpoint I thought it was hilarious.
The interviews went well also. I've developed really good relationships with a lot of recruiters there, so hopefully they fight for me to get a position. Most of those people were the recruiters who came to BYU, so they weren't really involved with this round of interviews, but I'm hoping that will still help me out. They flew 28 of us out there to try to fill 7 or 8 positions, so it's really competitive. The other students were from college all the way from USC to Babson College (a college outside of Boston). There were people from Ivy League colleges as well, so there were definitely a lot of very qualified people. I should be hearing back in the next few days, so I'm hoping for the best! In any case, I had a great trip and it was great experience. I also have a couple other job interviews lined up this week, but it would be nice to get the job hunt over with this early on. I will keep everyone posted!