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By Maggie Robinson | Aug. 09, 2016

My Summer Internship With trueU

One of my favorite quotes from a podcast we have on Organizational Purpose is this:

“As leaders, we just have to commit ourselves & recommit ourselves to continuing conversations, becoming good at storytelling, to become good at tapping into even the most apathetic people – they want purpose, they want a reason…” – Erik Cooper

I have had many people ask what my summer was like working at trueU, so I wanted to do just that, continue the conversation & tell you my story.

This summer I’ve hard the opportunity to learn so much more than I could have ever expected. Gretchen was never afraid to challenge me. Every day at trueU is a different, exciting day. You have the ability to learn and grow so much in so many more ways than just work skills. Starting the summer, I set three goals for myself, one being to develop my understanding of all realms of marketing, from analytical to creative services. I am currently getting my degree in Marketing & Business Management from Purdue, and as I begin my junior year, I wanted to get a better grasp on what kind of marketing I hope to pursue. I’ve been given tasks like content development to e-mail data analytics, all the way to graphic design. I was able to touch every part of what goes into a career in marketing, whether it was basic or in depth. One of my graphic design projects by far was the toughest project for me. A project that taught me greatly how to deal with my frustrations – happy it was only my SIXTH redesign that was something I was proud to present to the team.

One day while working on it, I had a trueU member ask what I was doing. I began to tell him about my work with it, my experience with graphic design, or lack-there-of, and my creative process. I was telling him how I was constantly starting over, because I never felt fully excited about my work. He said something I will never forget, “A designer is never finished.” This, this is what I believe my summer has been like at trueU. The answer is simply put: I’m never finished.

I’m never finished growing. I am the designer of my life, as you are designer of yours. Going through/working for trueU, you find something in yourself that makes you continue to find ways to better improve yourself.  For the past couple of months, I have learned what it is that makes you all want to enroll in Leader in Training (LIT), take a class in the portal, and commit to bettering yourself in your work and in your life. It’s because you are never finished growing; everyday you’re learning and bettering yourself. When given an opportunity to be a part of a community like this, you learn not to take it for granted. You put aside all excuses, stresses, and you must commit yourself to becoming that designer.

To be able to work on this side of trueU, we are able to see the transformations of everyone who goes through trueU and LIT. You all have been, and continue to be inspirations to the trueU team. As I only have a couple of days left here at trueU, I wanted to write about my experience. It’s been much more than I could have ever imagined or expected. I’ve learned so much that I can take back to school with me in my work, and my life. I’ve learned that you never stop learning, whether it be in your work or in your life. I’ve been inspired by my work and summer to take on more challenging experiences; it’ll be more rewarding in the end if you do. I’ve been seen things in myself that I could have never expected. Jumping off a 50 foot ledge onto a trapeze jump, opening up about one of the hardest times in my life to strangers, deciding to go travel to Africa in a couple of months (fingers crossed it goes through), committing myself to finally getting control of a healthy lifestyle – and those are only a few things. I’ve learned that you find yourself most when you serve in helping others grow and find themselves, and that vulnerability is the best policy – tied with honesty of course. Allow yourself to become better, become that designer, improve, learn, keep going, and find that strength – it’s not as far away as you may think it is.