First Day & First Impressions
Lost, nervous and running late sums up my first day.
I’m usually very good with directions when it comes to driving, but on my way here that wasn’t the case. Adding to the already anxious feeling I had, I got lost. I knew it wouldn’t be the biggest deal in the world if I was a few minutes late, but first impressions are everything, and I knew I had to make the best one possible – especially being the first intern to work at Boulder Heavy Industries in the Public Relations department of IMM. Against all odds, I made it right on time. Phew, I can breathe now, I thought.
Feeling a little more relaxed than before, I got a tour of the office and my first look into how this company operates. Here is where the real nerves took over. So many unfamiliar faces, so many different operations and moving parts, so many questions racing through my head. Am I supposed to remember everyone’s names I’ve met so far? Where are all of the different conference rooms located? Why are there so many different departments all working under BHI? What kept me calm was knowing that everyone here has had their own first day, and everyone has been flustered at one point or another.
Despite my nervousness, I was extremely excited to be a part of such an amazing company! Mandy Melby, the Vice President of PR and Communications, spoke in one of my classes at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and I was immediately inspired to go into public relations. She promoted and encouraged each and every one of our ideas and truly made our class feel excited about the subject.
When this internship opportunity was extended to me, I couldn’t say no. I mean who wouldn’t want to work for a company where you can bring your dogs to work, the hours are flexible, they have giant fridges stocked full of beer and ice cream, and everyone is welcoming. I had no idea that BHI was going to be a company that wholeheartedly wants to see every one of their employees succeed.
My instant impression of BHI was one of true beauty. The entryway feels like a hotel with their open-entry layout, modern wire and glass hanging lights, dark wooden walls outlined with black and grey trim, sliding glass conference rooms with cherry wood desks and swivel chairs, and their large work spaces; you could almost feel the creativity bouncing off every wall. I couldn’t believe that I got hand-picked to work for such a breathtaking agency.
Now the real work begins. The first impressions have been made, the introductions have been established, and I was now in the middle of it all. This industry is extremely fast-paced and everything changes daily – I can’t wait to see where this road leads me. I’m not sure what the future has in store for me or where I’ll end up, but I’m motivated and ready to see what happens next.