8:00 a.m. – First alarm goes off and you feel like an actual adult knowing it is time for you to get up and go to work. I usually slept through this until the one at 8:15 reminds me this is not a drill. I get up and brush my teeth and fix my hair for the day. I then pack everything in my bag and check three times that I have everything knowing good and well I probably still forgot something.
8:30 a.m. – Meet Ava in the lobby for our daily bike ride. Walk a quarter mile to the MoGo station and select the bike that is already at the desired height. Every other day this process requires bobbing and weaving the adjacent sprinklers. Somewhat of a hassle but always kept it interesting. Take the long way biking in the morning just to keep some variety in our day. The ride takes anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes depending on the mood of the stoplights. Every ride reaching a climax approximately 50 feet from the destination as the smell of fresh tortillas from the tortilla factory wafts down the Bagley corridor.
9:00 a.m. – Change for work and go through the lists of potential tasks for the day. This typically begins with checking email and replying to any ProsperUS staff or ProsperUS affiliates who have reached out to you over the weekend/night. If there is any discrepancy in the task ahead I usually make quick strides across the hall to our supervisor, Joanna, to clear that up. In addition to working during this time it is also quite entertaining to intermingle with fellow coworkers and discuss fun activities that have occurred within our personal lives outside of work. This all peaks closer to noon when people head out to lunch.
12:00 (usually 11:30 a.m.) – Ava, Tonya, and I (on the rare occasion Sahil too) make our voyage over the pedestrian bridge to receive our authentic Latin American lunch at Taqueria Lupitas. If I was given the ability to back up anything from Detroit and bring it home with me, it would be that delicious taco joint. Where else can you get three exotic tacos like goat, beef tongue, and al pastor with all the chips and salsa you can eat AND a glass of ice cold horchata for five bucks??? I looked a lot and could not find any other such place. My mouth is watering right now writing this blog. To summarize, this was my favorite part of everyday.
12:45 p.m. – Return to work for the back 9 of the day, even though it often felt like the whole 18. This was definitely the most productive part of the day where phone calls are made by the dozens or projects are completed one after another. The day would begin dragging slightly during the last hour but the wholesome lunch provided the stamina to get me through. We would communicate with Tonya to see when we should meet up at the bike rack and conduct our journey back to UT.
5:00 p.m. – The return trip was taken with our alternative route down Martin Luther King. This was the less scenic route but certainly more efficient. The average return trip was around 15 minutes, but this trip was almost always a hot one. After dropping the bikes off, there was always that slightly less than pleasant sweaty walk back the rest of the way. This would end with me opening the door to my room and plopping down on the couch.
6:00 p.m. – Gym time. To contrast the luxurious picture that was painted for the taco joint, this one was much grimmer and by far my least favorite part of the day. I would spend anywhere between 40 minutes to two hours on the treadmill depending on my mood. I was able to do this around 5-6 times a week which was a consistency that I had never before been able to maintain. This is why Detroit has offered a multitude of self-improvement examples for me.
8:00 p.m. – Grab dinner at Go Sy Thai and come back to the room and shower. I would always get the egg noodle with chicken on medium heat index and it was better and better every single time. After my shower I would turn on Netflix for a little bit before all of my fellow Engagers had settled in for the night.
10:00 p.m. – Group card games. This was almost always a great time, but sometimes turned fiercely competitive. No matter what game we played, it was always a time to bond and learn things about each other that we did not know ahead of time. It really made me value my time in Detroit and find myself grateful that I got to share this experience with these specific people.
1:00 a.m. – Go to bed and prepare to repeat.