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How to Overcome Anxiety About Getting Lost in a Big City..

Step 1: Set up your interview on a day and for a time that gives you some leeway to prepare. Besides needing a moment to research the company, you need a moment to get your spirit and mind together for what lies ahead. When your potential employer asks you for a day/time that works best for you, be selfish and give yourself at least two days for prep time.
Step 2: Get as much information about your location as possible. Living in a big city makes it important to know cross streets as well as the actually street address. Make sure you know that 1500 Broadway is between 43rd and 44th streets. This will help you figure out which train to take, where to get off, and how far to walk when you get there. The DC Metro website as a handy "trip planner" that allows you to put in your starting and ending destinations (as specific as possible) to get a detailed outline of your trip complete with connecting trains and such. How cool is that?
Step 3: Practice your route. This may seem a bit obsessive, but for the squeamish it's a matter of survival. Actually take your address, get on a train (or bus), and go to your interview location. The stakes are low, so your anxiety will be low. This will help you figure out how long the trip will take, how early you have to get up, and if there is a better route (ex., a closer train) you could take to your destination. Again, this may seem extreme, but...
Step 4: Visualize yourself getting to your interview on time. This is not a revelation. Any self-help plan involves being able to see yourself as a success. If you can see it, then you can do it.
Step 5: Get up on time, get ready, take a deep breath, and go. You've done enough to prepare yourself ahead of time.
Good luck.
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