Thursday, June 14, 2012

Being a Busy Bee (And the Best Intern I Can Be)

Time is seriously flying this summer. I've already been in LA a month. I really only have two months left here!

I am pleased to announce the arrival of my new work computer. To perform my intern duties to the best of my ability (many of these duties include design), I requested Adobe Design Suite. After talking with the IT guy, I was told I needed a new computer as well. Those are pretty hefty requests for an intern. I have an amazing boss and he approved the purchases. To my surprise, the IT guy ordered me two monitors. I've never worked on two before, but it is amazing! So much more room for activites! (Yup, that's a Step Brother's reference....) I was so excited to have Photoshop and InDesign open at the same time and be able to see both. Visually, it is so much easier to fit all the design pieces together! Needless to say, I'm a VERY lucky intern.

That being said, these past two days have been really stressful because I had some trouble getting Microsoft Office downloaded. I needed MS Office to finish the quarterly meeting presentation and I needed to edit video. I felt like a chicken with my head cut-off. I have found that it is best in these situations to take a deep breathe and make a to-do list. What can I do now? Who can I ask for help?

I eventaully got all set-up and decided to stay an hour later than usual to finish up the presentation. It was the first time I've left the office when the front doors were already closed! I then came in early today to finish the edits. I think an important part of being an intern is being able to anticipate how certain people will work, particularly the people you report to. For example, I know that I will probably be doing edits until 5 minutes before the meeting. There is always some last minute details to add or a transition to fix. I know it is best to have as much time as possible.

I am pleased to say that it all came together and looked fabulous, video and all! I have recieved very good feedback on the ppt. At least my stress came to a great end!

Another important part of being intern is dressing appropriately. I've made my fair share of intern mistakes and some of them have been clothing options. I'm imperfect, but internships are about learning. Luckily, now that I'm in my second intern summer and am a returnee to the same company, I feel more confident in my ability to dress appropriately. Below are my outfits from the past two days.

On Wednesday, I wore a BCBG dress, Banana Republic sweater, and Payless heels (not too high!).
Today, I wore a black and white print wrap dress from Banana Republic and gold, heeled sandals.

As you can see, I'm a big fan of dresses. They are easy to throw on in the morning and I like to pick materials that don't easily wrinkle. Often times, dresses can be worn with multiple pairs of shoes, accessories, and jackets. I love accessorizing! <3

Now, I'm going to finish out my day. I'm looking forward to meeting the Class of 2016 in August. 69 days, right?

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