Alright. I’m sick of feeling guilty every time I log into my blog for not finishing my year in review. This is something I have done for the past several years and for some reason I’m really struggling with doing it this year. I think that it’s because it really was a momentous year for me – I finished graduate school, got a new job, (spoiler alert) I found out I have a niece on the way. So for the remainder of the series, I’m going to do it by season. Trust me, it will be fine.
What can I possibly say about Summer Academy? It is intense, inspiring, a shit ton of work, hilarious, a bonding experience like no other, deeply gratifying…. I could go on, but I’ll spare you.
I thoroughly enjoyed Summer Academy this year. It was of course bittersweet because I was leaving City Year the week after it was over, but I honestly wouldn’t have wanted to end my City Year(s) any other way. I have been involved with Summer Academy for the past couple years and there was something really special about it this year (and I’m not just saying that).
I can’t thank the tremendous team and leadership enough for working so hard to create such an incredible experience and for helping me transition to the next phase of my professional life. You all mean so much to me and I will never forget the time we had together. Truly.
Man – Ginmann and Grace really know how to throw a party! I had such an awesome time at their wedding – was so grateful to be a part of their special day.
After the craziness of Summer Academy, I had one last week of work then a three day weekend before I started my new gig. I was SO nervous. On my one day off I took before I started, my new boss called me and let me know that we would be meeting with the CEO and founder of the company on my first day. Of course I freaked out over what the heck I was going to wear – the dress code at BBC is much more lax than City Year was, and has a pretty wide range. I could wear a dress one day and jeans the next and it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. So I spent that whole day anxiously shopping around Cambridge Galleria to figure out what in the hell to wear (not quite the relaxing day I was hoping for).
Looking back, that was incredibly silly. Everyone was so welcoming and dare I say excited to have me there. I’m so grateful for Jess Infante for immediately introducing me into her social circle and making me feel like I wasn’t an outsider from day one, and for my team who put me to work right away and for being patient with me as I asked tons and tons of questions.
One of the (many) cool things about BBC is that when you start, you get to go through an Orientation. It is really great because you get a whirlwind look at a lot of aspects of the company – its history, the beer making process, sales, brewery tours, you name it. You also get to have a ton of fun and start your career with a great new group of friends all over the country (much like City Year).
The week before Orientation I went home for the weekend for Kelly Zep-er Bonaldi’s bridal shower. It was really great to be home to spend time with my family and see friends. I went and checked out Roc Brewing Co. (which you should definitely check out if you live in the Rochester area!) with my family and had dinner at Aladdin’s (another one of my favorite things in Rochester). Was really nice to spend time with just the four of us – that is definitely a rarity.