Hello everyone! It has been an incredible first two weeks here in Columbus. People keep asking me if I like my internship and if I like Columbus. I would have to say that I greatly enjoy both. They have both been oh so kind to me.
My internship at home office is definitely picking up with no signs of slowing down! I was told the corporate world is fast paced, but I didn’t believe it until now. I am confident that I will make the adjustment soon enough. I have had the privilege of participating in interesting meetings over the past week. It has been wonderful exposure to the life of a merchant. I have a huge respect for the merchants; they are full of knowledge and are quick to step up and offer suggestions and solutions. Their talent is formidable, and I admire them. Definitely something to aspire for. I cannot believe that the first two weeks have come to an end, which means I only have 8 more weeks!! I’m pumped.
So, as you already know, I am a complete stranger to Columbus. However, I have met some wonderful people, especially through the internship program. Last weekend several interns got together and explored the Park Street Festival. Needless to say, I had a blast. On Sunday, one of the interns invited me to check out a student ministry on OSU’s campus. The small, personal environment had me totally relaxed. I was totally excited to meet people outside of work.
If there has been one highlight outside of interning at VS and hanging out with interns is this: I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time and getting to know my brother’s girlfriend. She is a delight, and we have had nothing but fun over these last two weekends. Last night we checked out this place called The Pint House. We split an appetizer, and had our picture taken in the photobooth. A random photo-bomber joined us!
I’m beginning to love Columbus even more. After church today, my brother’s girlfriend (Laura) and I went to this quaint French pastry shop, Pistacia Vera, in German Village. We went on recommendation. It was so incredibly cute! Laura and I bought macaroons and lattes. Delicious. I felt so fancy. I was intrigued; we were eating at a French shop located in German Village, which is a part of Columbus.
After we got our fill of sweet goodness, we drove around German Village. We stopped at this famous restaurant, Schmidt’s. People waited in line to dine in at this classic German restaurant. Built in 1886, this restaurant has been featured on the Travel Channel. Laura and I made a note to come back; however, we had to leave our mark before we left.
I have ended my day talking about one of my most favorite topics: Young Life. I went to the student ministry, NewLife, again today and was invited to eat Chipotle afterwards. Young Life was brought up, and I had the opportunity to share my experiences with the organization and the high school students who have been impacted. I wouldn’t say my conversation was profound, but I was humbled to supply eager ears with personal testimony.
As I wrap up my post of rambles, I’ll say this: I have met nothing but wonderful, intriguing, and friendly people in Columbus. Whether it be my boss, VS associates, interns, and random citizens of Columbus, I have met people that I could consider to be my friends. I think meeting people you genuinely connect with, wherever you go, is critical to personal happiness and success. I’m truly thankful that I am beginning to build a community here. For anyone who is reading this, my professional and personal advice is this: be sure to meet as many people as you can, and find a community of people either at work or outside of work. I know this internship is temporary, but friendships can last a lifetime. And let’s be honest, no one wants to live life alone. So I thank you Columbus for welcoming me!