4:45 AM. My ringtone goes off. I hit snooze two times. No more sleeping, it is time to start my first day of work. Grab my bowl of cereal and hop in the shower. Put on my freshest "business casual" attire and I'm out the door with my roommate Donnie. 30 minute drive through farms, mountains, and fogg. Finally make it, we are the first interns there. I put my nerves aside and get excited for what the day has to offer. The rest of the interns flood in and we begin.
Today's agenda, Day one of orientation. OK, so not as exciting as I thought it was going to be but you have to start somewhere. Hours of talks about safety, company policy, and hazardous waste (I may have snoozed off a little on that one). This is all part of the procedure though, and I am getting paid so I certainly cannot complain. Oh, and a free lunch ain't half bad. One of the coolest parts was getting to tour the grounds of the manufacturing plant. I am working for JLG, which is a premier producer of construction lifts and military trucks (see picture below). This place is massive. It is in McConnellsburg, PA which has a population of 1,000 people, but this plant employs 1,500 people. Walking around truly got me excited to understand the processes and detail that go into building these machines, which lead the industry in reliability, performance, and customer service. I am working for a great company that has a tremendous intern program (there are 32 other interns!).
This will be a developing story throughout the summer, and I know I will learn plenty more than just this, but it was my biggest impact from Day 1. This quote by Thomas Edison is completely true and I will try to live by it throughout the summer,
"There is no substitute for hard work."