Beep, beep, beep my alarm goes off at 6:40 am. Rub my sleepy eyes. Another day in the city. Wash my face. Brush my teeth. Dress in the outfit I picked out the night before. Apply my usual, quick makeup routine. Pack my bag. Double check I have everything. I’m out the door. Board a crowded train. Squeeze into a sit in between business men. A 45-minute train ride feels like four hours when you haven’t had your coffee yet. Arrive at Grand Central. Trek through the streets of NYC. Finally arrive at Starbucks for a much needed venti iced coffee. Finally, I feel more awake. Arrive at the office. Jump on the elevator to the 17th floor. My day of being a summer intern begins.
That’s been my routine three days a week since the first of June. I would be lying if I said I was not mentally and physically drained. Some days were harder than others trying to get out of bed. Many days I felt like my legs were going to collapse due to all my walking and fatigue. But somehow I survived until the end. Now, I don’t rely on my phone to help me navigate through the city, and I have become a regular at my favorite Starbucks store. I guess you can say I have evolved into a real city girl.
On my last day of my internship, it was a bittersweet feeling. I was sad to leave, but was so proud of myself and everything I learned. However, I was ready to spend my last few weeks of August getting ready to school and just relaxing.
I was fortunate to work with Stacy Igel, the founder and creator of Boy Meets Girl®. She has been my mentor for the last four years. I actually met Stacy, my senior year of high school. It was during that year that Stacy discovered me through my YouTube channel and saw my passion for fashion. One day, during my spring break, Stacy invited me to the Boy Meets Girl® office to chat with her and I eventually become a brand ambassador for Boy Meets Girl® (check out the video here).
Ever since that day, Stacy has had confidence in my dreams and most importantly, me. She even invited me to help her with Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week. At only a freshman in college, I was backstage at New York Fashion Week, such an incredible experience (check out the video here). Stacy’s faith in me since a young age has allowed me to continue to take risks and do what I love. Now a rising junior in college, I had the privilege to be her intern and catch a glimpse of the behind the scenes of a successful brand.
During my internship, I learned how to be more of a team player. I discovered how to be more patient and flexible. By the end of my internship I gained the confidence to trust myself to make decisions. A few of my favorite things about my internship were working on some of the Boy Meets Girl® social media platforms. I also loved researching different tech companies and learning how they could enhance a brand. However, my all time favorite thing to do was working with different bloggers to organize photo-shoots with them to promote the Boy Meets Girl® AW/HOL 2015 clothing line coming soon to Nordstrom! It brought back memories because just a couple years ago I was that blogger featured in blogger campaigns for Boy Meets Girl®, but now I was organizing these collaborations.
Working for the company, I have gained more appreciation for fashion and the business side of a company. I realized that it takes a team of talented and motivated people to build a successful business, which are all good things to remember when I eventually start my own business and create my brand.
After writing this post and reflecting on my summer internship experience, I realized that my summer was extremely productive. I can’t wait to share more about the new Boy Meets Girl® AW/HOL 2015 collection. Since I was in the middle of working on this collection launch, I am even more excited to let the blogging world be part of this new line.
Only a few more days of summer left and a few more days of being at home until my next adventure begins…my junior year of college.