Having watched quite a few sitcoms set in an office environment, I had some conception of what awaited me when I arrived at Schneider Downs. Obviously, my conception was a little skewed: television is not the most representative of real life. I had felt a nervous excitement as I settled down in my cubicle on my first day at work, and I had vigorously tried to predict what would come my way.
Even just within my first few days at Schneider Downs, I began to learn how tight-knit the Schneider Downs culture was. It was a culture that encouraged me to readily approach any of my Corporate Finance seniors, whether it was simply for light conversation or to ask them a question that had stumped me for a while. It is a wonderful experience to be able to learn and grow in the supportive and encouraging work culture at Schneider Downs.
In addition to the general atmosphere at Schneider Downs, I also feel very fortunate to participate in an internship that allows me to become a part of many different projects at once. My supervisors have told me that I am very lucky for coming in during a busy summer, and every day I try to make sure that I do not put this luck to waste. When my supervisors instruct me to complete different tasks, I attempt to truly understand how those assigned tasks fit into the larger projects, and when I do make some connections, I begin to truly comprehend how intricate business deals can be.
Because I have continuously been learning and growing during my time here at Schneider Downs, I have never once felt restless or out of place. Every single day, I receive the opportunity to enjoy interesting tasks, and when I take breaks away from my cubicle, it is never hard to strike up a conversation with a passing Schneider Downs employee. Thus far, I have not only learned about new financial terms or about how to research market sectors for potential business deals, but I have also been given a chance to experience what it feels like to be part of a corporate family.
Before the recent academic year ended, I had semi-jokingly told my classmates that if I came back the following school year with a haggard face, then I had become a shadow because Corporate had happened. I had expected some days to be a little less than what I would have preferred, but instead I found every single day filled with unforgettable education and engaging tasks. Corporate did happen, and it happened in a way that was and is still more than I could ever ask for: from my single cubicle, I had it all. Mentors to teach me. Projects to dive into. Days to adventure through.