8:00 a.m. - I officially wake up and change. I go to the bathroom and examine my crazy hair in the mirror, and I wet it in order to reshape it. I get myself ready, pack my bag, take my helmet, and storm out the door as I shout “Have a good day!” to Divya and Lee. I run to the elevator while texting: “Running a bit late, sorry Blake!”
8:32 a.m. - I meet Blake in the lobby and together walk to the nearby MoGo station, as I hurriedly put on sunscreen. “Ready to rock and roll?” asks Blake, and we begin our 20-minute bike trip to ProsperUS Detroit in Mexicantown. The morning bike ride is one of my favorite parts of the day; as the wind brushes my hair and face and the cars rush passed me, I enjoy the moment and feel fully immersed in the surrounding.
9:00 a.m. - We arrive at the office. Right after I put my bag down, I go to the restroom to change into business casual attire, and I chat with the lady who works next to ProsperUS Detroit while we wash our hands. I routinely check and reply emails, and set “goals of the day” for myself. I start working on my projects, such as the Business Plan Template, the Storytelling Write-up, the In-Business Map, etc.
11:20 a.m. - Blake and I start a conversation about tacos, and then we decide to get tacos from our favorite place again, Taqueria Lupitas. We text in the “Blava Tahil” group chat and try to convince Tonya and Sahil to come with us.
11:30 a.m. - Blake, Tonya, (sometimes Sahil), and I take a 2-minute bike ride across the pedestrian bridge to visit Taqueria Lupitas. The meal is extraordinarily delicious; Blake and I feel blessed after the meal, but Tonya and Sahil merely feel an average amount of happiness.
12:40 p.m. - We go back to the office and dive back into our projects.
2:00 p.m. - The ProsperUS team gathers in the meeting room for our team meeting that takes place once a week. The meeting starts with a fun ice-breaker that energizes everyone for later productive discussions.
3:30 p.m. - The meeting ends, and we go back to our cubicle to finish up our work of the day.
5:00 p.m. - Blake, Tonya, Sahil, and I bike back to University Tower from Mexicantown. It is super hot, but biking with them makes the weather bearable.
5:30 p.m. - We arrive at the dorm. I go back to my suite and briefly catch up with Lee and Divya about our day as I eat fruits.
6:00 p.m. - I meet Tonya in her kitchen to make our dinner. We steam jasmine rice, stir fry eggplants, tomatoes and eggs, and cook different kinds of meat. Our "Bacon Mixed Veggies Egg Fried Rice" and "Cola Chicken Wings" should probably be sold in restaurants.
7:30 p.m. - We finish washing the dishes, and I go back to my room to do some work, chat with family or friends on the phone, and take a shower.
10:00 p.m. - Everyone comes to our suite for our favorite activity - Game Night! Uno and Poker are both fun, but Mafia is the best - and also the most intense one. During Mafia, if I don't talk, I get accused of guiltiness; if I start talking, I also get accused, because people think it is abnormally suspicious that I become so vocal. I love playing this game with my Detroit fam.
12:30 a.m. - Everyone goes back to their room for bedtime. I climb onto my bed and procrastinate on the phone.
1:20 a.m. - I set my alarm for the morning, and look forward to a new day of fun and learnings in this wonderful city.