7:00am. I wake up, after hitting snooze for a few times, and quickly realize I am not flying over the Atlantic Ocean or petting a thousand dogs at Hogwarts. I am in my room at University Towers, and I have to be careful to not wake up my roommate with this dream-to-real-life transition. I deactivate airplane mode on my phone, and spend my first 10 minutes of the day scrolling through G1, one of the most well-established Brazilian news websites. The dollar going up, our taxes increasing, some new politician being judged for corruption... During my time in Detroit, it definitely has not been a pretty view, so I decide to waste five minutes randomly scrolling through social media news feeds.
7:15am. I head to the kitchen, being the first person awake in our 4-person apartment for at least an hour (ladies, wake up earlier please). I grab one of the bowls by the sink, some vanilla fat-free greek yogurt from the fridge, and Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds. On top of my work with Build Institute, I've been working as the regional coordinator of BRASA, the Brazilian Student Association, an organization that hosts at least 5 international conferences each year and impacts the lives of thousands of Brazilians in Brazil and across 4 continents. As I eat my cereal with yogurt, I reply to BRASA emails, analyze potential partnerships, and review my schedule for the week. For the next two hours, my life is BRASA. Pro tip: don't try to balance DukeEngage with another internship and your work with BRASA and a startup. Unless you enjoy waking up at 3am to call your sister to tell her about this new amazing idea you just had, or maybe to simply remember you forgot to email your supervisor last night.
9:15am. 45 minutes the time we usually leave to work, I start showering and getting ready. I usually get lost in the middle of work and miss the 9:15am mark, which explains why I am usually 5 minutes late to our bike to work.
10:00am. Actually no, because one of us is usually late, it's more like 10:05am. Marc and I meet at the lobby and walk to the MoGo station on Second Avenue. We pick our bikes, then bike for 30 minutes through Midtown, Michigan Avenue and Corktown, until we reach Build.
11:00am – team meeting time! As we work on the table usually used for the team meetings, we don't have to move anywhere. After an icebreaker (each week, a team member is the responsible for coming up with one), each of us goes through what we have accomplished in the past week. Our supervisor, Christianne, talks about what has happened in the Detroit entrepreneurial ecosystem, and April discusses external meetings and key strategic plans. It's incredibly fulfilling to work for an organization that besides holding extremely high standards and having such a great impact, has an incredibly down-to-Earth and friendly team. After the meeting, Marc and I continue our work, which mostly consists of analyzing data and working with spreadsheets, writing company reports, and sending a couple emails here and there.
1:00pm - I don't really know how or why we decided that this was our lunch time, but it works perfectly since it allows us to go to restaurants that were completely full at 12pm. True, we don't ever pack our lunches, but it just seems counterintuitive to do so when there are so many cheap and great places to go to near Build. We might walk for 5 minutes and try $5 Chicken Fajitas at HoneyBee Market, head to our favorite Taqueria Lupita's and get $1.25 tacos, or go a bit farther to the incredible Detroit Kitchen 75 (a 10 minute bike ride, but the fresh BBQ sandwich is 100% worth it) or get some sliders at the always-full but always-great Green Dot Stables.
5:30pm. I get back to our apartment, and go back to working with BRASA. At least until 8:30pm, I will most likely just work from my room to avoid noise. There's a very high chance I'll be listening to either Lady Gaga, OneRepublic, or Billie Eilish, or in a Google Hangouts call with people from all over the world.
8:00pm. I really love cooking, so I always try to cook myself dinner from scratch whenever I can. I've baked bread, made some pie, and even made some samosas. I almost never use any recipes, I just follow what I remember from the top of my head and try to put together ingredients that I think fit well together. Today, the special is Teriyaki Chicken with Coconut and Quinoa Rice.
When I feel that I have talked to everyone I wanted to talk to, and finished all the work I can do before passing out on the desk, I go to sleep. I know it's a good day if I remembered to buy some cookies or keep the fridge full of cherries for that late-night snack. Alternatively, there could also be a new Game of Thrones episode or a picture from my dog waiting for me among recent messages. Either way works.