8:15am I hear my second alarm, realize I’m about to be late, jump out of bed, and scramble to get ready.
8:30ish I meet my work partner Chris in front of the elevators in our Wayne State apartment building. We ride them down and decide if we should walk, use the MoGo bikeshare, or ride the Q-Line to get to work. We leave the building. Sometimes Chris will get attacked by the angry bird that lives in the tree in front of the apartment building. I always feel bad as he yells and runs away but, not going to lie, it’s pretty funny.
9:00am We get to TechTown, and drop our stuff off at our cubicles. I immediately head to TechTown’s “Fueling Station” to get a cup of the free coffee or tea.
9:05am – 12:00pm
We make a rough plan for the day and dive in. This whole summer we have been working one main deliverable, a five-year retrospective economic impact report for TechTown’s SWOT City and Retail Boot Camp programs. An average day consisted of…
-pulling reports from TechTown’s custom database
-combining that data with numbers from previous reports that were not recorded in the database
-creating lists and excel sheets with the new data
-carefully documenting the way in which we pulled our data
-producing graphics to present our findings
Right now, we are putting the finishing touches on our reports, documenting our suggestions on how to improve data collection, and helping acclimate a new intern who will continue our work.
12:00pm Chris and I grab lunch with Zhao, a former DukeEngage Detroit participant who returned to TechTown as a Broadhead Fellow. After we eat we play knockout with the college students participating in TechTown’s DTX program on the tiny arcade hoop set up in the office.
12:45-5:00 More work. Some days, we will leave and work from a coffee shop for the second half of the day. New Order is our favorite spot because the vibes are good even though the coffee is super gross.
5:00pm We finish for the day and head back to UT.
6:00pm Some of us head to the Wayne State Gym. Mondays we always go to yoga with Kristine. Other days I attempt to keep up with Lee during her crazy workouts (she is a gym god).
7:30pm We get back from the gym. I shower and heat up something in the microwave because I can not cook to save my life. While my food is heating up I chat with Ava and Tonya about whatever delicious dish they whipped up that night.
7:45 pm I bring my dinner over to Lee and Divya’s room where Divya is making chicken. Ajay joins us and we all watch the bachelorette. Ajay gets way too into it.
9:00pm Game time! In the beginning of the trip we played Uno. Uno turned into poker, but Blake would always lose money. Now, we are all really into mafia. Daniel is the chosen moderator for the game. He always yells at Lee for not closing her eyes soon enough.
11:00pm Sahil aka Sahilian comes to my room and we work on our coding projects. I usually distract him. He probably hasn’t gotten anything done this entire summer because of me.
1:00am I crawl into bed and drift off.