Insert scream here. Just kidding but not really. Way too excited. Slept decently. Luckily the flight is super short so waiting to get to Charm City shouldn’t take that long. I’ll instagram when I get there (obviously). Aw come on. Just hearing the rain coming down on my roof. Better not mean any delays for my flight. Till noon, you all should text me :). Boredom is not how I want to go out. And after 2, I’m sure I’ll be texting you…in all CAPS. Okay, this is by far the lamest blog post I’ve ever done but you know what, who cares? I’m going to Baltimore, baby!
I’ve been waiting for tomorrow for almost four months. When I started the Under Armour Ultimate Intern competition, I honestly kept thinking how amazing it would be to spend a summer in Baltimore. And tomorrow, I get to do just that. It’s fun to think about how much work went into this too. Running around Disney like a crazy person taking pictures with random strangers and Disney workers, and writing stuff every day to post—it was a trip. But hard work pays off and that was a great example that it does.
I know I’ve done it five thousand times and it must sound repetitive by now… but seriously to every single person who helped me out during the process: thank you. Whether you SuperCam’d it for me at school or Orlando, or even just asked how the competition was going, it really meant a lot and again, thank you. And the excitement you all showed for me is more than I could ever ask for! I think some of you were even MORE excited than I was which I didn’t think was possible to do! Haha, but really, it’s been an incredible feeling to have all of you come together to help me out and I’ll rep us all well in Charm City.
Not sure what I’m really expecting. I told myself that I’d write down expectations to go though honestly, all I feel is excitement. I think and hope it’ll be as great of a time as I suspect it’ll be. I want to learn as much as I can not only on a technical level of learning more about digital marketing, retail and branding, but also I hope to gain more of/improve on the ‘intangibles’ as I like to call them (i.e. leadership skills, drive, etc). Can’t wait to meet all of the rad people at Under Armour, especially the other interns.
I honestly will miss Michigan while I’m gone though. Ann Arbor and home have always treated me so well and I’m leaving so many of you behind. September seems so far away from now and that kind of makes me sad to think that for many of you, that’ll be the next time I see you! But no worries—welcome week, football season, and suffering through classes together will all make up for it! And bring your summer stories along. I love hearing them!
Sidenote: Not bringing any Michigan gear by…yeah, them… is so strange. SO STRANGE. But no worries Ann Arbor, I’ll rep you still.
Okay back on track.
To my friends who are off doing their thing this summer: BEST OF LUCK!! Do work wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. I hope you have a blast and as always, TAKE PICTURES and keep me updated via social media. Or a phone call. That’s nice too :)
Alrighty, I’m off. Today Michigan, Tomorrow Maryland. And I can’t freaking wait!
I usually leave this link only as a link on my resume but now I think I’ll leave it public. So enjoy this and I like feedback!
I’ve always thought myself lucky to have formed really really good relationships with my high school teachers. To the point where I’m still very well-connected with many of them, update them with my life and I visit the high school every time I’m home. I have some awesome role models in them. From opening doors for me, to making me love subjects I thought I never would, to even challenging me to have the drive to go further than I thought I could, they’ve done it all.
So visiting the high school to me is always a treat because I get to hear their stories about how loud and crazy their classes are or how brilliant and successful others are. It’s cool going back to my roots and seeing where I really consider my career aspirations started. It’s also so strange to see high schoolers; they’re so little! Really proud of the seniors though. Can’t wait for the new Wolverines to come to Michigan. Can you believe it? Class of 2016? What the hell? Where has time gone?
It’s also great to hear about my teachers’ stories about how they are doing. This is a tough economy as everyone knows and unfortunately, it has hit our education system so far. See the picture above? I actually worry about that. It’s unfortunate because teachers are really the hardest workers. At least my teachers were. They, like above, should be paid like doctors…or investment bankers. It’s not just about math or reading; a good teacher installs more than just that. I’ve learned so much more about life lessons, have great role models, and have had doors opened for me because of them.
But they’re staying strong, even through this hard times, and that’s great to see. You know you’re passionate about something when you can push through obstacles like they have. Teachers deserve the world, they really do.
Man oh man, time flies. And yes, I’m a bit nostalgic about high school but I remember how much happier I am in college.
Just saw this! My high school gave me a little shout out about a month ago and I finally got to see it. Thank you guys so much. It means a lot!
I was talking to my dad yesterday about where some of my friends were going this summer or things some of my friends had accomplished this year. And I found myself not being able to slow down because there were just so many cool things that my friends were doing. I think the picture above is true…in a sense. I think some people can interpret it wrongly by saying that you should just surround yourself with successful people and that sounds a bit…I don’t know..like you just want to get ahead yourself and use those people?
Yeah. That’s not me. I feel like I’ve surrounded myself with people who are positive and who I know are going to be successful because of how brilliant they are. It’s fun to think about the future and no, I don’t want to fast forward anywhere but imagining where they’re going to be is really cool. I’m lucky to have them and I can’t wait to see how far they go. Because I think I’ve surrounded myself with people that are truly driven and want it. Whatever “it” is for them, they have ambition to get “it.” And that, I can respect.
That’s one of the things about me that I’ve found out. I get so excited for my friends’ successes. I freak out for them. For good grades on tests, for successful interviews, for job offers, for EVERYTHING that has the slightest positive twist to it. Really. I just find it so exciting to see how people evolve and to see people succeeding, especially these people are the same people that have been supportive of me and my successes as well.
So this is for all of those I’m lucky enough to call my friends. Do me a favor: update me on how your life is going. It’s okay to brag a little (just a little!). Being away from school shouldn’t block your ability to tweet an update, to text me something, to blog about your adventures or even just taking pictures. I want to see where you are and what rad things you’re up to! And maybe use your success to help the younger people out there who are looking for advice. Because hey, we were all in that position one time and we all know that they would appreciate it. Because truth is—we’re growing up fast. And we (most of us anyway) are rising juniors. Upperclassman. Time to set the example. A positive example. A successful example.
Ready friends? Let’s see how far we go.