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03rd Jul 2023

Woman flies to internship every week because renting is too expensive

By Charlie Herbert

I’ll never complain about my commute again.

A TikToker has gone viral after revealing she flies to her internship rather than renting a place nearby. She explained that it is actually cheaper to fly once a week than to rent an apartment.

Sophia Celentano took to TikTok to share her unusual journey to work which allows her to save money on renting on the expensive east coast of New Jersey.

Sophia had been offered an internship at Ogilvy and always planned to commute as she only needed to be in the office one day a week.

@sophiacelentano48 I spoke too soon y’all my flight home was cancelled tonight EWR is a MESS rn?posting this en route to LGA bc we had to book another flight lol #fyp #foryou #summerinternship #supercommuter #marketingintern #summerintern ♬ Walking On a Dream – Empire of the Sun

She told Business Insider that renting isn’t worth it because she’s only in the office eight hours per week.

“When I first started, I’d get up at like 3am to get ready for the plane ride, but now I wake up around 3:30am or 3:45am.

“I do my makeup and hair first, put on my business casual outfit, and then I get my bag ready. I usually pack a lunch, some comfortable clothes, and then bring a coffee to go.”

She’ll then usually leave the house at “around 4:30am” and arrive at the airport about half an hour later.

“I have TSA PreCheck so the airport security line really only takes five to 10 minutes,” Sophia continued. “I’m usually at my gate by around 5:15 am, which is exactly when boarding starts.”

Once she’s off the flight at the other end, she calls an Uber and then gets to the office for “around 8:30am or 8:45am.”

After the day’s work, she gets on a plane to either Charleston, where her parents live, or Richmond, Virginia, where her boyfriend lives.

Her day comes to an end at about 11pm, but she can catch up on some sleep the next day.

While Sophia admitted it’s a “tiresome commute,” she still thinks it’s worth it.

“A lot of people are interested in how much money I’m saving. I book my flights about three to four weeks out so they’re pretty cheap.

“My flights are around $100 there and back and then I pay about $100 for Ubers between the office and airport.”

Sophia would be spending thousands of dollars a month on rent alone if she lived in New York/ New Jersey.

Sophie said she loves the “adventure of it”.

However, she can’t see herself doing this full-time, but has only comitted to it because it’s short-term.