Life between the Cubes | Scavenger Hunts and Cheese-its

Hello internet! My name is Leah and I am one of three new interns for the summer here in the marketing department of School Datebooks. I just finished my sophomore year at Purdue and am an Organizational Leadership and Supervision major with a focus in Sales and Marketing. I am also earning minors in both communication and entrepreneurship. I am 5’ 12” and blonde and a student-athlete on the swim team at Purdue. In my free time, I specialize in binge watching Netflix (I am currently on season four of Friends), eating copious amounts of ice cream, and occasionally, I will body-double for Taylor Swift (yes, we really do look alike.). I like to tell people I am spending my summer in West L.A., but really I am just hanging out here in West Lafayette, training hard at school, and doing some awesome work for School Datebooks during the day.

Wednesday was my first day as an intern at School Datebooks and I found it to be not quite as awkward as your typical first day of school. After filling out all sorts of fun paperwork and getting a brief tour of the important areas in the office (bathrooms and the cheese-its at the snack bar mostly), Leslie and Jon sent me on a "get to know your co-workers" scavenger hunt throughout the office. Justin (one of the other marketing interns) and I set out on our nearly impossible task of guessing which fun facts paired with each member of the Executive, Customer Service, Marketing and Production departments. One of the first things I learned was that Jon is NOT an Exec. Apparently that was really funny. I also learned that Laura is (kind of) a hornet and that Andy has a weakness for a juicy burger from DT Kirby’s (I can’t say I blame him on that one). There are three, yes three, Sara(h)s and two Amandas and while that is basically cruel and unusual punishment for the first day, I am hopeful that I will feel more confident in names after hanging out here for a while.

Second day on the job! Justin and I killing the selfie game. 

Second day on the job! Justin and I killing the selfie game. 

I found myself sitting at my own desk which, if you ask me, is pretty cool. It isn't too fancy, but I have my own computer and a phone and a really fun swivel chair. I am situated in a hallway of sorts between some CSR and Marketing cubicles, and to my surprise, I found that I am also in the heart of the planking zone. Apparently, the CSRs do a plank every day. They didn't say this, but I am pretty sure that this is the fun corner of the building. Despite what Jon says about needing headphones to drown out the phone calls of the CSRs, I really enjoy the talking and laughter. It’s nice to be working in an environment where people can have a good time and joke around with one another while still being focused and doing the job well. As a student-athlete, that is the environment that I am used to thriving in anyway.    

Day two has proven to be more accurate to a normal day. I am still getting used to Asana organization and Pinwheel calendars and the Outlook email, but I did finish my first assignment. I changed a setting on my Asana account to allow an animated unicorn to fly across my screen when I check the box next to something on my list of “to-dos” to indicate that I have completed the task. Because I actually finished something today, I got to experience that thrill for the first time. If a flying unicorn isn't motivation to get something done then I don’t know what is. It also only took me an hour into my second day to fully and whole-heartedly embrace the snack bar. The cheese-its are a very exciting thing for me because I think they are name brand and as a broke, interning, college student, I can’t afford such luxuries as name brand cheese-its.

The glory that is *pause for dramatic effect* the snack bar!

The glory that is *pause for dramatic effect* the snack bar!

I am looking forward to starting my first big project, liking and following every one of School Datebooks' customers. If there is one thing my adolescence has taught me, it’s how to stalk people on social media –  so I think this project will be right up my alley. Since I started my first day here on a Wednesday, it is already almost the weekend! Next week will be my first full week between the cubes so until then….

Stay classy, School Datebooks.