Last day. Tough day. Emotional day. But good day.
Get to Baltimore next year if you’re a college student. You’ll learn more than you ever thought you could at UA.
It was a very strange feeling when August came around. Throughout this entire process, it has been “Oh, August 10th is our last day. That’s so far away from now!” But right now, as I type this, it is August 9th, 2012. And by this time tomorrow, my internship will be over.
It’s a bittersweet thought because I’m so excited to go home. I’m excited to see my friends and family, get back to the Big House in Ann Arbor and getting to sleep past 10am more than once a month. But honestly, this experience has been absolutely incredible. I’ve gotten to learn so much in social media and the metrics behind it. I’ve been privileged enough to travel, representing a brand at so many events and in many different cities.
These last two weeks kind of brought it all together.
For one…it is super cool when you go to a school like Michigan which has the largest living alumni in the world. Naturally, the Michigan alum and the Michigan interns went to lunch together. So props Adam and Nicole for graduating from the best school ever (no bias…ha) that Graham and I are more than happy to represent in the intern class at Under Armour. Second, I FINALLY, after 10 weeks in Baltimore got to go to the aquarium. Every person I know told me I had to go to the aquarium while I was in Baltimore. And despite not having any penguins and sea otters (my favorites), it was still very cool. Sharks, dolphins, poison dart frogs and everything in between.
And after a great week in Baltimore, on Tuesday, we went to Sagamore Farms, a horse breeding farm owned by non-other than CEO of Under Armour, Kevin Plank. And I’m not that big of a country girl, but it was absolutely beautiful. The Sagamore party marked the “end of the Summer” get-together and it was the last time the entire Summer League got to be together as one. We got to have dinner together and play some games. And to top it off, Kevin Plank showed up himself to talk to us and had genuine interest in what we did this summer. He also gave us a final talk, if you will, answering a few of our questions about the company as well as telling some of his old stories. And hearing those stories inspired us all. I wouldn’t do his story justice so I won’t tell it here—all the more motivation for you college kids reading this to intern at Under Armour next year. But moral is: don’t give up and chase your dreams. Don’t ever be denied. And that’s something I know I’ll take away from this.
It’s cool being at a company where everyone is so willing to help and so willing to tell you what they do and willing to have lunch with you…the list goes on and on. It’s cool being at a company where the CEO is visible, and you know the values he holds are true. It’s cool being at a company where what you do actually makes an impact—a visible impact—on the brand. And it’s cool being at a company that has as amazing as a culture as Under Armour.
Over the last few days, people have been asking me what the best part was about Under Armour while I was here. And the answer is simply, the people. The relationships I’ve made with the teammates at Under Armour is really something I’m not about to take for granted.
I don’t need to list all your names because I think you already know who you are but thank you to everyone at Under Armour who’s made an impact on me during my time here. And a special thanks to Colin, Dan, Jimmy, Kevin, and Cara—you guys made this experience that much more amazing.
Nostalgia just hit me as I wrote this and I assure you I’m one of the most nostalgic people ever. It’s been a summer full of fun as well as frustration but I feel like I’ve grown and learned so much in just 3 months. I know that because of this experience, I can contribute more in whatever situation I am in. It’s a high-paced (faster than you can ever imagine), intense, fun, competitive place…and I loved it.
To those who are looking to become a Summer Leaguer next year: work hard and just keep pushing to get here. Because it is so so worth it when you do.
Time to enjoy my last day at Under Armour. And here we go.