I work in Newark but live in SC – it’s cheaper to commute by plane

Internship season is upon us – and one employee is aiming for new heights for her summer job.

Sophia Celentano, 21, is from South Carolina but is doing a corporate marketing internship in New Jersey.

The student revealed that she commutes by plane one day a week to get to and from her summer job, claiming it’s cheaper than renting in three states.

“I understand it’s a really unconventional thing, but it works for me,” said Celentano, who started her internship this week. said in a TikTok video.

Despite wake up at 3am In order to catch her early morning flight, the 20-year-old argued that she’d rather catch a flight every Wednesday and spend time with her family.

Also, she added, she doesn’t want to live in Parsippany, New Jersey, for the summer.

“A lot of people also think that getting up that early and taking two planes a day is probably driving me mentally and physically, but honestly it’s not that difficult for me,” she added.

“I love to travel – I like adventure.”

"I understand that this is a really unconventional approach, but it works for me." said Celentano.
“I understand that this is a really unconventional approach, but it works for me,” Celentano said.

Celentano prepares in a TikTok and shares her itinerary
She kicked off her first week as an intern by commuting to New Jersey to start the summer in person.

When she breaks down the costs, she says she pays an estimated $100 a week for flights, $100 for Ubers, and just $25 for food, which works out to about $2,250 for the 10-week internship .

Compare that to the prospects of a short-term lease and the estimated cost of living at $4,250, she argues that the roughly 600-mile drive from Charleston is worth the extra money.

But she is not alone, she said.

As a matter of fact, she claimed One employee commutes from Atlanta, Georgia each week.

“I think the hardest part about this commute is not getting up at 3 a.m.,” she said, bemoaning the hours of waiting at the airport before her flight home. “The hardest part is definitely having to wait a few hours at Newark Airport before flying home.”

Celentano on the plane in a window seat.
In multiple videos documenting her early-morning routine and journey from airport to airport, Celentano baffles viewers who find the commute too much trouble.

Viewers were stunned to hear the intern only commuted to the office by plane one day, while others cheered her on.

“Okay, but the carbon footprint……” remarked one person.

“This best friend isn’t worth an internship,” pleaded another.

“Flying is just sooooo unreliable!!!! just live closer with roommates,” suggested another.

“I think you might be a little crazy but I support you,” wrote one user.

Celentano answers questions on TikTok
Despite some backlash online, the young intern said she didn’t mind the early hours and travel time.

“It will all be worth it in the end…good for you!” encouraged another viewer.

“There’s no amount of money I could be paid to get up at 3am and commute to work,” quipped another.

The post reached out to Celentano for comment.

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing carolinebleakley@ustimetoday.com.

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