There has been so much going on lately at school that there are several things that I forgot to blog about completely. So, I’m now going to backtrack a bit and revisit something I did during my first week on campus….visit the Indiana State Fair.
Growing up, I went to the State Fair at least once a year…and for 9 years I showed cattle there…so I would stay at the fair for 3 to 4 days usually. So it is kind of like a home away from home for me….and I love taking my city friends there to teach them about agriculture every year during Welcome Week. This year I went with Meghan, Abby, and Bre, 3 of my sorority sisters, and we of course had a blast eating as much food as possible and visiting all the barns, exhibits, and shows.
- Mmmm….ice cream from the Dairy Barn…
Between the 4 of us…we definitely ate plenty. We had garbage burgers, donut burgers (the bun was 2 donuts….delicious!), grilled cheese, Dippin Dots, ice cream (they were supposed to be milkshakes….but they were more like ice cream), corn on the cob, and I might be missing something else….although I think that is all. It was a very tasty night…to say the least.
- Their farm set is epic…
One of the best things to do at the fair is simply walk around the buildings to explore everything that they have to offer. One of my favorite buildings is the Pioneer Our Land Pavilion, where they have this epic farm set every year. They have a very impressive set up, because they have real foliage and everything….which makes our farm set look like it was set up by amateurs….and partially broken from our years of playing with it as small children.
By the end of the night (which only lasted about 3-4 hours) we were completely exhausted. The Indiana State Fair is huge….and we only walked around about 1/3-1/2 of it. It was a great time though, especially since the weather was basically perfect. Speaking of the weather….I think I’m ready for summer to come back….please, summer, I miss you!
- What a beautiful night at the fair…
Tagged: dippin dots, donut burger, farm set, garbage burger, Indiana State Fair, pioneer, showing cattle, sorority, State Fair, summer, Welcome Week
One of my very favorite TV shows is The Office. I watch it religiously, or if there is a way to watch it more than someone who watches something religiously, then that is what I do. So, when I accepted an internship in HR with Vera Bradley for the summer, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I did wonder if I would arrive there on my first day to find a department full of Tobys (Dunder Mifflin Scranton’s HR Representative). If you have not seen The Office, basically Toby is Michael Scott’s (the office manager) least favorite person. Michael always says that Toby ruins his fun and just makes each day awful in every way possible. So, with this as my only exposure to HR prior to starting, I was slightly nervous, not going to lie.
Toby Flenderson himself...
Luckily, I arrived on my first day at work to find that Vera Bradley HR was not only much cooler than Toby, but they are much more fun. None of the executives or managers acted anything like Michael Scott, so many of the things that Toby has to do in response to Michael’s outrageous acts are never actually necessary at Vera, or at any company that is not Dunder Mifflin. Even though I would have LOVED to meet a real life Toby Flenderson, I am secretly happy that everyone I got the chance to work with was so much cooler. We would chat throughout the day, take breaks to get coffee and water altogether, dress up in themes on special days like the Friday before July 4th, decorate the office for special birthdays, and go out for lunch to celebrate anything and everything. Today was the third workday that I haven’t been at Vera since I finished, and it still hasn’t exactly sunk in that I’m officially done, and not going back next week. I loved working with them so much that I have actually wondered quite a few times if I really do need to finish my degree here at Butler, because if not, I would happily stay and work with them for as long as they would have me. Maybe if I just continue to pretend that I’m not really done, and I’ll be going back soon then it won’t be so bad?? Maybe??
Vera Bradley HR...some of my absolute favorite people!
This summer is my last official summer of my school days, and I am slowly but surely realizing how unfortunate that is. I love having free days when I can stay in my pajamas until 3 p.m. and watch Real Housewives of New Jersey reruns on Bravo all day long. Then I might go out to the pool, and lay out with my dogs, while eating Fla-Vor-Ice popsickles until my mouth goes numb. It’s a tough life out there for a bum, and that is how I have spent quite a few of my summer days….and I loveee it. But since I have an internship this summer, I haven’t spent any days doing this….which has been outrageously disappointing. Of course I am having a fabulous time with my internship, and I love what I do, but I have found that I am so much more busy now that I ever would have imagined.
Every day I get up around 7:00 a.m., and am at work by 8:30. I leave there around 5:15 or so…and before I know it…the night is over. A couple nights a week we do fun things with other interns, whether it means we are going to TinCaps games or having dinner together. On the other nights I keep myself busy watching my summer TV shows, writing papers for my internship class, and catching up with people on Facebook. Then on weekends I keep myself busy with visiting friends and family….basically leaving no free time for me. Is it bad that I am so busy now that I am looking forward to starting school again, simply so I might have some free time???
I miss hanging out on this deck so much now....
This summer I am living in my first actual apartment, and I feel so grown up. For every other part of my 22 years I have either lived at home, or in a dorm, or in my sorority house with 75 other girls, so this is a big change from any of these. Mostly, because I don’t have anyone else who helps clean (besides my roommate) or cook (which my roommate does the most of). But it is so nice to have my own room, and to have the chance to practice doing those domestic duties just for the summer. In August I will move back into my sorority house, with 75 of my fabulous sorority sisters, our cleaning staff, and our two chefs (I’m kind of looking forward to it). So for now, I’m enjoying myself…but I can’t help feeling like I’m playing house.
Just to give you a little bit of an idea of what my place looks like…here is part of the tour…
One half of our living room....
On the other side of the living room, you will find our TV and our fireplace...which makes me wish my internship was in the winter instead of the summer...
I love that my roommate and I both utilize the living room…all the time. Instead of hanging out alone in our rooms, we both watch Bravo together almost every night…while we Facebook and catch up on emails. It reminds me of what my sister and I do all the time, so it makes me feel so at home!
The best part of my room is that it is just mine…but I do have twin beds…which isn’t that great. My roommate pushed hers together in her room to create a “Mega Bed”, but I haven’t done that just yet. We have twin beds and all of the other beautiful furniture in our apartment because it came fully furnished, which was AMAZING. The last thing I would have wanted to do during my one free week this summer is find furniture…so it just made my summer that much better. So, I can handle the twin bed for the next month and a half…it’s not too bad. But I crafted up my room with pillows (that I made myself), and with some pictures of my friends and family of course. Another amazing thing about my room – it is big enough for ALL of my stuff! I’ll show you how amazing it really is another time….because it is truly a miracle.
If you didn’t know…this summer I am interning in Human Resources at Vera Bradley. I have several responsibilities, but one of them actually includes posting on their Intern Blog, Behind the Seams. I’ll be writing about my internship, living in Fort Wayne (for the first time), and just about working at Vera. I’ve only posted a few times so far, but I had a very pleasant surprise yesterday when my blog was linked to from the Communities page (where my photo/bio is as well), from Vera Bradley’s other blog (Inside Stitch), and when the Office of Admissions posted about me on their Facebook page as well. Talk about feeling awfully famous…all at once….it was rather great!
So far with my internship, I have been learning how everything in HR works, and I’ve been doing lots of research about social media trends that can be applied to recruiting. I have also been doing a lot of “product research”…as I have chosen to refer to it. Sounds very sophisticated, right? Well, truthfully…it isn’t. Mostly, it consists of shopping. But when you work for a company that makes awesome products (and get discounts on said products) it just makes you want to buy things…all the time (hence my internship being dangerous…to my bank account). Because when August rolls around…I won’t get those discounts anymore….so I might as well take advantage of them now…right? To illustrate how obsessed I’m becoming…here is what my collection looks like now. And This isn’t even everything that I have. So imagine…that there is more. It’s both great and awful at the same time….
- The majority of my Vera collection….