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.
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.