Rent in the New York area continues to rise, and an intern from South Carolina proves just how bad it is with her excessive daily commutes to avoid paying housing costs.
Sophia Celentano, a 21-year-old corporate marketing intern at Ogilvy Health who attends the University of Virginia, is going viral for showing viewers on TikTok how she gets — by plane — from Charleston, South Carolina to Newark , New Jersey, one day a week when she has to be in the office for her internship. She has received over 604,700 views for the video so far.
In the clip, her commuting day begins at 3 a.m. to prepare to cross state lines.
“I only need to be in the office one day a week,” she explains. “Honestly, it’s cheaper for me to stay home in Charleston for the summer with my parents and only pay for the plane tickets one day a week, and then live, for example, in New York at full-time.”
Celentano explains that on commuting days, she drives to the Newark airport, Ubers to her office, where she works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., then Ubers back to Newark before returning home that evening.
Surprisingly, Celentano made it to her first day without any issues – and even arrived at her office early.
“I tried to go to bed early last night, but I wish guys that were so nervous like it really nervous about things like that,” she told her followers. “I obviously want to make a good impression on everyone. I’m not the only intern I’m really grateful for.”
Many commentators called Celentano ‘crazy’ and ‘delusional’ but the new college senior didn’t seem to be phased.
“There is no amount of money you could pay me for waking up at 3am to commute,” one person said bluntly.
“This disruption to your routine and diminished quality of life really doesn’t seem worth it,” another suggested.
In a follow-up video, the 21-year-old breaks down the cost analysis of the weekly commute costing her ($2,250 in total with flights estimated to be around $100 return) versus paying rent near her office ($4,259 if she was “lucky”).
The now-viral intern also wrote a lengthy post on her LinkedIn account about the success she’s had since starting her position and the value of the ride.
“As I have begun to learn the ins and outs of this most productive healthcare advertising agency over the past week and a half, I have felt completely inspired by the work, the people and the mission. from Ogilvy,” she wrote. “Beyond that, I felt overwhelming support from my colleagues as I recently adopted their new unofficial title of ‘celebrity trainee’.
Celentano clarified in the comment on TikTok or LinkedIn if she is paid for her internship.