Sitting down to write my final blog entry for the summer is bittersweet. I am excited to return to the University of Arizona and finish my last semester of school, but I am also sad to have had to say “see you later” to all of the wonderful people I have met this summer. My time at Macy’s was an experience I will value for a lifetime and I have met people along the way that I know will be instrumental in my journey through life. I am truly so grateful I had this awesome opportunity!
My summer as an intern was filled with many unknowns, countless laughs, great conversations and even some tears. As I embarked on my journey, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I began the first part of my internship taking everything in and trying to better understand my role for the summer. After I began to get a little comfortable I started my project proposal and began to work towards an end goal for the summer. While I did not cover my intern project in an earlier blog, I will give you a little background on what my task was. This summer I worked with 2 other interns in the district to understand who millennials are and how we can increase our share of wallet with them. We created our own survey, conducted countless hours of research and eventually presented our findings to the district team and our store executives. Our project included both long and short term plans that we believed would increase millennial traffic at Macy’s. The project proved to be quite tedious at times, but was a very rewarding experience!
On the last day of our internship we presented our final intern project and celebrated a summer filled with a lot of learning and even more fun. I never knew that after eight short weeks I could form such strong bonds with other people. As I progressed through my journey and began to really understand what functions make Macy’s work everyday, it became abundantly clear that the reason Macy’s is so successful everyday is because of the people. I realized that you cannot be successful without a great team and great leadership, it simply isn’t possible. With each new challenge I faced I learned something new about myself, and by the end of these eight weeks, I feel confident enough to tackle these daily obstacles with optimism and tenacity.
I took a chance moving to a new city, living with my best friend in a one room condo for eight weeks, and working for a company I had never worked for before- and I am so glad I did. Stepping out of my comfort zone, making myself vulnerable, and challenging myself everyday was the most rewarding experience. I learned a lot about Macy’s, but I learned even more about myself and my leadership abilities. I thank you for following my journey this summer as an intern, it has been a pleasure getting to share some of my insight and experiences along the way! And remember:
“Life begins where your comfort zone ends.” Neale Donald Walsch