My friend Mark and I had a great conversation the other day while reminiscing about our days as younger professionals relocating to Washington, DC. We shared stories of how those days, while full of excitement and possibility, also spawned new levels of social pressure as we tried to fit in and find our place among the thousands of other ambitious twenty-somethings seeking to make their mark on the world.
DC, just like most large cities, is a place full of niche social circles. These circles attract people based on profession, alma marter, economic status, where you grew up, etc. Navigating the social scene, you wear many hats – putting on a sport coat and talking about the state of the European economy with the State Department crowd, or tossing on an Ubuntu T-shirt and building web apps at the DC Tech Meetup. It’s just natural human behavior to explore and discover new places, people and things when in a new environment to fulfill our innate desire to be connected to others and comfortable in our surroundings.