I did it! With a little tenacity combined with a lot of faith from Mandy Melby, I landed a killer internship at IMM over the phone and was on the fast track to moving across the country to good ol’ Boulder, Colorado. Being a small town girl raised in North Carolina, there was so much excitement (and maybe just a little bit of nerves), as I got ready to hop on a flight and face the move head-on.
In the weeks leading up to my first day, I had all the confidence and excitement in the world. But, that seemed to all change the morning of my first day. I swear I didn’t sleep a wink the night before, and I woke up in a panic thinking I was going to be late. I left the house an hour before I was supposed to and sat in the parking lot pretending to be occupied by something else. While I sat there watching all of my future co-workers and friends as they stared back at “the new girl sitting in her car,” the anxiousness and excitement grew.
With nothing to do for the next 45 minutes and the little butterflies in my stomach making my hands sweat, the only thing I knew to do was call my dad. After he distracted me with small talk and ended with the typical pep talk he has given me all my life, I walked to (what I thought) was the front door. Of course, like the little new intern I was, the door was locked and it was definitely not the right door. So much for pretending to know where I was going…
After shaking off my pride, I finally found the door and was greeted by one of the most welcoming women I have ever met, Tricia Otey. I immediately breathed a sigh of relief and felt a rush of comfort walking through those doors. I was quickly introduced to the brilliant Mandy Melby and shown around the expansive office.
Astonishing doesn’t even begin to describe the magnitude of this environment. From the fully stocked kitchen and the neat and creative conference rooms to the bustling employees who were not shy about running up to welcome the newbie. Everyone I’ve met made this feel like home, and in that moment, I could not have felt more blessed.
When I finally sat down at my desk all by myself, all I could do was smile and think, “Damn, am I lucky.” The following days only added to the greatness of the first. From meeting so many incredible people that work around me, to being taken out to lunch to help me get to know the area better (at least that was the excuse), to getting the opportunity to do hands-on research for IMM’s clients, I cannot imagine what lies ahead.
Even though I am only a solid four days in, I am stoked to see what is to come and maybe (just maybe) see if I can kick some co-workers’ butts at kickball.