9:30 AM- After taking a shot of apple cider vinegar and grabbing a pack of almonds, I head downstairs to wait for Vinit to walk to the QLine together. However, halfway down the elevator, I check my phone to see a text from him saying that he’s already downtown for one of his many top-secret operations. I use my solo QLine trip to catch up on the news and read emails.
10 AM- I get to the office, say hi to those who are not already out giving a tour or at a meeting, settle in at my usual spot at the countertop and get to work. A few weeks ago, we implemented a new public feedback survey as well as an automated distribution system, so I’ve made it a routine to check that every morning to make sure that it is still not broken. Then, Vinit and I keep working on the calculations and creating slides for our economic impact report, eventually moving to the couch in the front of the Welcome Center to be more comfortable and for the good people-watching opportunities.
1 PM- We remember we need to eat something. Vinit heats up his very practical meal-prepped lunch while I go out to get a very non-practical, overpriced, and unfortunately underwhelming acai bowl from a nearby salad place.
2:30 PM- We get a pleasant break from PowerPoint and Excel when one of our coworkers invites us to come shoot a promotional video for an upcoming Belle Isle tour DXF is running. After a few hours of watching the drone fly around the island in the sun, we make it back in time to attend DXF’s Small BIZ tour.
5 PM- Vinit and I and a group of 10 other people, including Thomas and Pauline who walked over from the DDP office to join the tour, were introduced to a variety of new clothing stores, restaurants, and businesses in Downtown.
7 PM- After waiting for at least 30 minutes for what was supposed to be a 9 minute wait for the QLine, we meet up with the rest of DukeEngage for our weekly group dinner at Seva.
8 PM- I finally get back to UT and realize how exhausted I am. The next few hours are spent on a friend’s or my apartment’s couch reading or watching a show—shows involving an angry Gordon Ramsay have been a popular choice recently.
12 AM- I come back to my apartment and instead of sleeping, have a second wave of energy usually triggered by the mess that is our kitchen. Thankfully one of my roommates also does not sleep at normal hours and we deliriously laugh together as we wash dishes.
2/3 AM- My body finally gives in and I fall asleep.