Lists and lattes: Transitioning to PDX

Gone are the days of waking up, making the daily to-do list, walking to Allen Hall and spending the entire day there, all while consuming more coffee than the average person should probably ever intake.  Although those days were incredibly glorious, I have found that new adventures can be just as wonderful. Photo courtesy of

After making the move from Eugene to Portland for the PDXSX, I had a huge mix of emotions. I missed my friends, my apartment, my second apartment (Allen) and the culture of the SOJC. Although I missed those things and those moments, I was ready to try something new.

I started my first week off by making a list of things I wanted to do in Portland. It included everything from trying a new bar each week, finding the best coffee houses, eating at a food cart, exploring the gorge, stepping out of my comfort zone and creating my greatest work possible. After partaking in my first happy hour, I checked off the second item on my list: my first day.

 I fell in love with my internship the moment I walked in the door. Yes, there was a café, which served up some amazing caramel vanilla lattes when I walked in, but that was only part of it! The people I met became people I couldn’t wait to see everyday. Their friendship and mentorship has continued to make the experience one-of-a-kind, and I couldn’t be happier.

The culture of the agency is incredible. In the office, creativity and fun are what matter most. If you’re having a great time, you’re going to produce great work, and the entire brand benefits from it. With that, we fit in short games of table tennis and Pac Man in between projects (Yes, I’m being quite serious). At the end of week one, I already have several work samples that I’m proud to share.

As I enter my second week, I can’t wait to cross new adventures off my list. This is just the beginning, and it’s only going to launch off from here.

Kylee Plummer

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6 Responses to Lists and lattes: Transitioning to PDX

  1. I need to be more on top of making and sticking to a to-do list, on the other hand I should consume less coffee and more tea during my days gazing at the computer screen.

    I like your points on the mixed feelings and the transition from Eugene to Portland. It is a bittersweet feeling thats hard to grasp at times, but the pure excitement for this opportunity and the unknown is just as empowering (in a good way)!

    Good luck to you in week two!

  2. Felicia Kloewer says:

    Your first week sounds awesome! I thought the addition of your to-do list of things to do in Portland was a good reminder to all of us that this is also a new chapter outside our desired careers. It’s easy to get caught up in progressing our careers, and I know a number of us (including myself) said last Tuesday one of our fears was unemployment, but so is finding those special places around town. I grew up right next to Portland but I’ve already seen places I haven’t before!

    Also that’s incredible that you have so many portfolio pieces already. Nice job!

  3. pdxsx says:

    Perfect first post, Kylee! Sounds like you are having an incredible time already.

  4. cbuch232 says:

    Your link to the article about how fun breeds passion and productivity was really interesting. The “real world” is often portrayed as stuffy and disconnected, but your company seems to use personal relations to increase productivity and morale in the workplace. Sounds like the ideal work environment Kylee.

  5. davidhamernick says:

    Any company that has their own custom longboards has to be a blast to work for! I really like the idea of creating a fun and challenging work environment, and allowing that setting to create great work. From what you’ve told us, it sounds like you’re having a blast and getting great portfolio pieces from it. Kudos Kylee!

  6. Kylee,

    First off, I really enjoyed your links I thought they had interesting and fun content. I also felt your pictures tied in nicely with your post. It sounds like you are really enjoying your internship and that it is a great fit for you. Having previously known you and your accomplishments I had no doubt in my mind that this was a great place for your and wish you nothing but success! I too feel that I have already acquired a few work samples that I am proud of in the past week. Your list idea is great and I think that with this experience we need to remember that although our work is important and key to our future success, we can’t forget to enjoy what is going on around us, especially with the Turnbull Center being right downtown. It sounds like you are going to have an amazing few months and I look forward to hearing more about your internship and what you have learned.

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