7:40 am – I finally get myself out of bed and start getting ready. Lee and I share our dreams from the night before and sometimes we jam to the latest hits – aka Jackie Chan.
8:10 am – I start making my lunch for the day. It’s the usual: a turkey and cheese sandwich with mayo on wheat bread. I eat some cereal for breakfast and quickly grab an apple before heading out the door and shouting “have a good day!” to Lee.
8:35 am – I meet up with Daniel in the lobby. He has headphones on—is most likely listening to a podcast. We walk to the QLine stop and complain about the heat. As soon as we sit inside the QLine we immediately start complaining about how cold it is. We ride all the way down Woodward talking about work, funny stories, and sometimes just listening to other people’s conversations.
8:55 am – We get to work and stop on the fifth floor to see what kind of free food is being offered. Sometimes it’s donuts, sometimes it’s yogurt parfaits, today it’s a cereal bar. Good thing there are no eggs: Daniel thinks he is allergic to eggs and I most definitely think he is not. We then head up to the sixth floor and go into the GreenLight Fund office to check in with Nina before scoping out where we want to do work for the morning. Phone booths—it’s definitely a phone booth day. We walk to the other side of the sixth floor and each take a phone booth: basically a small work space where you can close yourself in from all outside distractions.
9:10 am – I spend the morning working on my social media and communications project. We have bought the social management tool, SmarterQueue, so now it’s my job to fill it with as much content as possible. I scour the internet for the latest social impact and community development stories in Detroit. I use Canva to make infographics and I also do research on some of our partners to see what they have been up to and how we could possibly feature them and their social impact on our social media.
12:30 pm – Daniel and I break for lunch. He goes to Subway to buy his sandwich and I hold down the fort at a table outside in Campus Martius. It’s always a struggle to find a table that is perfectly in the shade, but we always somehow manage to find one. Someone is performing on stage and we enjoy the good music and fresh air.
1:10 pm – We head back inside and finish up the afternoon with more work. In the afternoon I am helping build the pipeline. It is full of researching organizations and adding them to Salesforce. I’m learning so much about all the different nonprofits out there as well as what the social impact scene in Detroit is like.
3:45 pm – Rishi meets with Daniel and I so we can fill him in on how our projects have been going. He has a couple questions for me about SmarterQueue and we go through some of the tweets I have lined up. For the rest of the afternoon he wants Daniel and I to help out with the National Retreat planning so we spend the last hour making phone calls and mapping out a tour route for when everyone working for GreenLight Fund visits Detroit.
4:55 pm – We head into the office to check in with Nina and Rishi before heading out. Daniel and I go to the QLine stop and hop on the next train to get home. Dennis and Sam are on our QLine back—we joke about how they aren’t riding MoGos today. We are exhausted and walk super slowly back to UT.
5:25 pm – I finally make it back to our apartment and Lee and I catch up on our days as we quickly change into gym clothes and go to meet the gym squad at the elevators.
6:00 pm – We make it to the gym and I do my usual routine and then we all head back together an hour or so later.
7:30 pm – Lee and I start preparing our dinner. It’s the usual: I make chicken while Lee makes us salad and rice. We ask Ava and Tanya if we can borrow their soy sauce and act like we are the greatest gourmet chefs of all time. Sofia and Ajay come over with their dinners and we all eat and huddle around my laptop to watch the Bachelorette. Life is good. Sofia convinces all of us to go to Treat Dreams and get a half scoop of ice cream. We all get the dark chocolate chocolate chip and there are no regrets.
9:00 pm – Everyone leaves to shower and get in their pajamas before we all hang out again. Lee ferociously cleans the kitchen and table and bathroom and honestly whatever else she can clean until everyone else gets here—if you can’t tell, she loves to clean.
10:00 pm – People start arriving at our door. We finally hear them by the tenth time they knock. Sahil calls us all memes. Everyone gathers for what will most definitely be a long night of mafia.
10:30 pm – Mafia is in full swing. Tensions are high. You can trust no one. Blake is apparently just a townsperson and no one can tell if Chris is lying.
12:30 am – We all finally head to bed. Lee and I get sentimental about how we love these people and are going to miss everyone so much and joke about how we thought we would totally be sleeping by 9 pm.
7:30 am – It all starts all over again.