Honors Summer Snapshots: Rylee

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Orientation may be over, but Rylee Bowman (sophomore in Political Science) has PLENTY of Cyclone Aide memories to last her a while:

Hi everybody! My name is Rylee Bowman and I’m a sophomore majoring in Political Science from Lake Mills, Iowa. This summer I have had the amazing opportunity to represent Iowa State as a Cyclone Aide. If you think back to your freshman orientation, the Cyclone Aides were those extremely enthusiastic people in the red polo and khakis who seemed to be everywhere and asked “How are you folks doing today?” every five seconds. This summer, that was me and I loved every second of it.

Many people who don’t know much about the Cyclone Aide position (including my parents, and all of my family and friends) assume that we are just glorified tour guides. In reality, myself, along with 50 other students and staff members, served over 15,000 orientation guests during 19 two-day  sessions over the course of 6 weeks.

So, 90% of this blog post is dedicated to proving to my family I was not just a tour guide; the other 10% will be some bad puns and a whole lotta love for ISU. Enjoy!

Here I am (right) with my friend Vivan rocking our polos and khakis, smiling innocently a couple of days before our very first orientation. And as promised, a classically bad orientation pun: Q: Why is the dome on Beardshear green? A: Because that’s where all the money goes!

 

My mornings started bright and early at 7:15 am. Here I am about to enjoy a glamorous breakfast of a granola bar and orange juice before one of my favorite shifts: Parking! At this shift, I could be seen handing out parking passes to all our guests and awkwardly dancing to “The Pina Colada Song” on a portable speaker.

 

Other typical morning shifts included registration and college check-ins. Here I am working “diligently” at the check-in table for the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences (the best college) with fellow Honors student and my partner in crime, Chris Schnieders (you’ll see him a lot by the way).

 

Bus-stop shifts featured small talk with families and helping sleepy guests get on Orange 23 (and ONLY Orange 23).

 

My first break of the day usually fell around lunch time. I ate Panda Express every day for 3 weeks straight, and I am not ashamed.

 

If I wasn’t eating during breaks, I was napping. On any given day you could find a dozen Cyclone Aides sleeping on the couches of the Multicultural Center (MCC) in the Memorial Union between shifts.

 

Hands down, my favorite part of everyday was presenting with Chris at the Open Option/Pre-Professional session. We spent every afternoon sharing our personal Open Option experiences and hoping families laughed at our jokes. I told Chris during our training that since we were scheduled everyday together we would become work husband/wife. Huge shout out to him for putting up with me and letting me “Wear the khakis” in the friendship.

 

We rewarded ourselves after every Open Option session with a popsicle from the Sloss House which we appropriately named “Sloss-sicles”.

 

Every night all the Cyclone Aides had dinner at UDCC where we sat with families and answered any questions they had one on one. Power naps before dinner were very common.

After dinner you could usually find me laying on the floor of the Pioneer Room (possibly napping again) waiting to lead students in super fun (and sometimes awkward) small group activities, like ice breakers. I generally spent this time cuddling/catching up with fellow Cyclone Aides. Feat. Fellow Honors student Jaclyn Simons and U.A. Vincent Valeriano.

 

At this point, it’s been a 12+ hour day, but the fun is far from over. Evening Recreation was held at Lied every night from 9-10:30 pm. Although I may not look like it, I spent 4 years playing for my highly competitive high school volleyball program, so I enjoyed schooling students and my fellow Cyclone Aides on the court (almost) every night. PS: If you see Vince around Jischke, ask him about my jump serve.

 

It wasn’t all just work though. We always found ways to have fun throughout the day including: Throwing frisbees to students during the Resource Fair (And trolling the ISUPD booth)…

 

Bowling with the younger siblings of students at the Cy’s Sibs program, where we were often visited by a very special guest….

 

…. and honing our arts and crafts skills. (I do not take credit for this masterpiece, but don’t hate! We can’t all be Design students)

 

Rain, shine, occasional monsoon, or even more rain, we welcomed guests with smiling faces, extra umbrellas, and lots of love for our beautiful campus. Never forget #OriMonsoon2k18 PS: Because of the rain my one (1) scheduled campus tour of orientation was cancelled HA!

 

This experience has given me so much and I am thankful everyday (regardless of weather, overprotective moms, or awkward questions about my personal life) that I was given the opportunity to know and work with these wonderful people. My love for this amazing university has grown tenfold. I have grown as a person and gained a family in the Cyclone Aides, our advisers, and the amazing New Student Programs Staff!

Thanks for reading and sticking with me this long!

Just Remember…

“It’s a great day to be a Cyclone!”

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Honors Summer Snapshots: Katie

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Katie Fleming (senior in Biology) is working in proximity to her happiest place on earth, which is wherever the Boston Bruins are at any given moment:

If you know me, you know about my small obsession with Boston, Massachusetts. So, that’s why I was extremely excited to go to New Bedford, MA for the summer (1 hour away from Boston, by the way). I interned with the Buttonwood Park Zoo in the Veterinary department and got to work with a diverse variety of animals, from baby ducklings and goslings and tiny fishes to harbor seals and elephants.

I was able to get hands-on experience in all veterinary procedures. Here, I am taking vitals on a North American River Otter named Lucky. He was being shipped to a different zoo so it was necessary to perform a pre-ship immobilization. My mentor gave me the opportunity to practice many clinical practices during procedures.

 

I also worked with our Pudu, Kelly. She had an abscess on her face that was extremely swollen. We knocked her down and began diagnosing the problem. Unfortunately, we did not determine the singular cause but created a treatment plan and she is responding well!

 

I helped administer treatments to various animals across the zoo. I worked with Peaches, a Virginia Opossum, who was ataxic in both hind legs. We did physical therapy every day in order to increase mobilization and strengthen muscles.

 

I performed laser therapy on Emily, an Asian elephant’s, ankles. Laser therapy helps to increase blood flow in problematic areas, like joints with arthritis, in order to stimulate cell growth. I also performed laser therapy on 2 oxen’s hips and 1 cow’s hips. This was completed every day, so I got to know these animals well!

 

I also learned how to handle a variety of new animals. I had not previously done much work with reptiles, so I learned basic handling, husbandry, and medicine of these awesome creatures. Here, I am holding Barney, our 3 foot Caiman Lizard.

 

You don’t get to snuggle bobcats on a normal day! These guys loved when we visited, especially when we smelled like elephant!

 

Summer is breeding season, so I got to work with lots of ducklings and goslings! They are incredibly adorable but also one of the smelliest animals to clean.

I wasn’t about to spend my summer in New England without exploring some new places!

The city I lived in, New Bedford, MA, used to be the richest city in the world because they were the pinnacle of whaling. New Bedford has since dropped its wealth, however, they are still an extremely prevalent fishing city.

 

I tried so many new kinds of seafood – lobster, crab, scallops, fish of every kind, shrimp, clams, calamari, oyster, and more! I loved them all except mussels, since they’re a little hard to get out of the shell.

 

I spent many weekends on the water, which I loved! Here, we spent the day cruising the Cape Cod Canal, which, interestingly, is older than the Panama Canal!

 

I hung out at Tom Brady’s house one day! When I was younger, I thought Tom Brady and Tom Cruise were the same person (turns out they’re not).

 

Guess where?? I would never go to the east coast without visiting the best city on earth.

 

I was able to visit three states I had never been to before: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All of them are incredibly beautiful and entirely underrated. Maine has stunning beaches!

 

I went to the top of Mt. Washington, which is the proud host of the world’s worst weather! At sea level, the temperature was about 80 ֯F, but at the top it was a chilly 37 ֯F. Ignore my awkward squat, but the winds were 75 mph and I literally was blown to the ground about a minute later.

 

I came within 20 feet of the President of Portugal when I was in Providence, RI. There are very large populations of Portuguese and Azorean people along the south coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, so he was the guest of honor at Waterfire.

 

Finally, I headed to Quechee Gorge in Vermont. This 169 foot deep gorge offers swimming and hiking, and is absolutely stunning!

This was the best summer ever and I cannot wait to move to New England someday. I learned an incredible amount during my internship and am only more excited about my future!

Honors Summer Snapshots: Sam

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Wave at Sam Schreck (junior in Civil Engineering) if you see him in a surveying crew on the side of a road this summer:

I got the amazing opportunity to work for Civil Design Advantage in Grimes for my internship this summer. I am a part of one of the eight survey crews that meet at the office each day and hit the road in every direction across Iowa. The majority of the work I do involves staking on construction sites.

Each crew consists of two members. While the crew chiefs finish getting ready for the day, the rest of us help out in the garage, tie ribbon around lath, and load up the trucks. We are only at the office for about 30 minutes each day. We won’t come back until our day is up (unless we forgot something).

 

Small talk is essential in the engineering survey field. You get to know your crew chief very well because you may be driving two hours one way to a site. This is a common sight going from job site to job site. One of my responsibilities is to keep track of the mileage and hours on the job for each project.

 

Each crew has their own truck. My crew chief, Tyler, and I get to organize and build whatever we want to hold the required materials for each day’s journey. You can see the different colored stakes (lath), hammers, rebar, shovels, and all the other random tools we might have to use.

 

I was lucky enough to participate in a pre-construction meeting for the new overlay on highway 169. There were 8 different contractors and engineering companies that all came together to discuss the schedule and plan with the DOT.

 

I specifically remember this day because it might have been the hottest I have ever been in my life. Setting up the total station pictured here was the easy part. It is a very special piece of equipment that only has about one hundredth of a foot of error. It is mainly used for pavement, building corners, and cloudy days when the satellites cannot be seen as well. It was a happy moment when we got off that road in Huxley.

 

These aren’t rain boots. They are mud boots. They are a necessity in some places with all the rain we have gotten lately. I have sunk so far in the mud a few times that I almost flopped right in.

 

This shows a portion of the amount of stakes and hubs (smaller blocks of wood in front of the lath) for about 200 feet of a new bike trail going in Clive (of the 3,000 feet we did that day).

 

For some tasks, like finding existing section corners of properties, I use the GPS. Those nice reflective vests are a must have on busy roads because 60 mph cars driving by you is scarier than you think.

 

One of the twenty jobs I have worked on so far has been the new Cy-Ride turnaround by the towers. I am excited to see the finished result.

Working takes up a lot of my summer, but it is nice to live at home in Ankeny and go up to the wonderful city of Ames whenever I have time. My bed is my favorite place to be after work, but sometimes I go out and do some other things like movies or relaxing at the pool.

One of the fun things I got to do outside of my internship was a bachelor party for one of my good friends. If you haven’t gone paintballing in a while, I highly recommend it. Although, it did not help that four of the others guys are in the military. I lost.

Honors Summer Snapshots: Sara

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Sara Siebrecht (Sophomore in Culinary Food Science) is crafting gorgeous food on a gorgeous mountain in Colorado:

Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, Colorado, is by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever worked. Its property is owned by The Aspen Institute, which hosts the Aspen Ideas Festival every year. I’ve been working here as a culinary intern for about two and a half weeks and clocked in about 150 hours, but I’ve had a little bit of free time to enjoy the amazing views Colorado has to offer!

 I’m especially fortunate to be working here this summer because we just opened a brand new, state-of-the-art kitchen, furnished with the same appliance suites as Thomas Keller, if you’ve ever heard of him. Another super awesome part about working in this kitchen is that about half of the kitchen employees are native Spanish speakers from Central and South America. I’m working on a Spanish minor, so this experience has really helped me refine my Spanish conversation skills.

 

My mom sacrificed a few days of her summer to drive me out here. We stopped at the top of the continental divide to play in the snow and take some pictures. At 12,095 feet, it’s the highest paved road in North America. Shorts and a t-shirt were not the wisest choice.

 

Once in Aspen, I moved into my cute little apartment in Snowmass Village, about 25 minutes from Aspen. I love hammocking, drinking coffee, and Snapchatting the mountain view from our patio.

 

After my first five days of work, during which I only fainted once from the altitude, all the culinary interns had three days off. That’s pretty much unheard of at this resort. My roommate Kristen, our friend Denzel (a fellow Cyclone!), and I used that time to hike Smuggler Mountain. At the top, we could see all of Aspen. It was incredible!

 

At almost every exciting place I visit, I do a cartwheel or some sort of fun gymnastic feat. At the top of Smuggler, I made Denzel take a Boomerang of my toe touch, from which I captured this picture. It’s probably one of my favorites from my time here.

Now the photos you’ve all been waiting for… FOOD! I’ve learned a lot about new ingredients, plating, and large-scale, fine-dining kitchen prep. My first ten or so days of this internship, I clocked in at about 11am, prepped for whichever banquet we had that evening, took a lunch break around 4pm, then went full force serving hors d’oeuvres (it took me two weeks to spell that correctly), plating salads, lining up buffets or plating dinners, dishing up desserts, and finally, cleaning the kitchens.

(Clockwise from top left: A seared scallop and artichoke heart dish with gribiche sauce and chive blossoms; half of a deconstructed caprese salad – the first dish I made from start to finish by myself – these are heirloom tomatoes topped with balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, and micro basil; one of 550 mini sushi style hand rolls we served as hors d’oeuvres last Thursday. In case you were wondering, 550 is a lot; lastly, shaved radish salad, the most beautiful salad we serve, in my opinion. I’d guess we’ve made several hundred of these since I started two weeks ago.)

 

Though I am not one of the pastry interns, I sometimes get to enjoy the fruits, or rather, the pastries of their labor. I couldn’t tell you what all of these are but I can tell you they looked and smelled DE. LISH. I have a dairy allergy so I can’t eat most of what the pastry team creates. However, they know their stuff and often bring me dairy free treats, like the bowl of sorbet in the top right here. Tropical sorbet, peach sorbet, and strawberry coconut sorbet are pictured here, all made from scratch.

 

This week is the peak of Aspen Meadows Resort’s summer season because it’s Ideas Fest! That means lots of wealthy, fancy, smart people come stay at the resort for ten days and attend lectures, seminars, events, and dinners all day. It also means we get to provide food for all of them. The resort is completely booked for this week, so we are serving 750-1000 people three meals a day throughout every venue on the property. The campus is decked-out, as you can see below, and there are lots of temporary tents and venues set up. Today I walked through a tiny home that was transformed into a SmartHome, visited the General Mills tent for some free granola bars, and took a peak inside a literal Google Hangout.

 

This week my shift changed so I now clock in at 5:30am and work until they send me home, usually around 5:30pm. The reason I have to be there so early is so that I can serve smoothies in one of the tents. Not a bad place to spend half of my day.

 

Only three of the interns come in that early, and we have a lot of fun. We get to wear these great chef hats (this picture is of my roommate Janae and I in the elevator heading to serve smoothies).

 

When there are seminars in session, the smoothie station is pretty slow so we pass the time by making fruit displays, the top picture below. The bottom picture is one of the many cheese boards we’ve made for this week. While I can’t eat the cheese, I love snacking on the dried mango and cherries.

 

I’ve learned a lot about cheese since I started this internship, as well as other new items like Chilean Sea Bass, various hors d’oeuvres, and new kitchen machinery (PS don’t stick your pinkie finger in the mechanical slicer. The slicer will win). But at the end of the day, it’s always nice to take the bike, bus, and walk home to amazing views. This is the view from my bedroom – I’m not complaining.

 

This spot is my favorite view on the walk to and from the bus stop, and it looks gorgeous every single time I walk past.

 

Honors Summer Snapshots: Emma

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Emma Chizek (junior in Supply Chain Management and International Business) has had a business-focused summer – a College of Business study abroad trip, and now a supply chain internship with Caterpillar:

Hi y’all! My name is Emma Chizek, and I am a junior studying Supply Chain Management and International Business. I have had an interesting summer so far and can’t wait to tell you about it.

I started my summer by flying to Australia for my MKT492 class the day after finals ended. We spent two weeks traveling from Sydney to Melbourne to Cairns, visiting multiple companies, and enjoying all of the beautiful sites. I am OBSESSED with Oz. The people were just as nice as Iowans, and the country’s natural environment was incredible.

We watched the sunrise over the Opera House from the Sydney Harbour Bridge

 

Our group toured a brewery near Melbourne

 

12 Apostles rock formations

 

Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef (a.k.a. the coolest thing I have ever experienced in my 20 years of existence)

When we finally got home after the longest day of my life (literally it was 36 hours, so I had breakfast and lunch TWICE), I packed up my stuff and drove 16 hours south to Georgia to start my internship with Caterpillar. “So why did you move to Georgia if you’re from Iowa?” you may be wondering. Well folks, that’s the million dollar question. I don’t really know why I moved to a city 60x larger and 1000 miles away from my home. I think I am just an opportunity addict.

Anyways, I work at Cat manufacturing facility in the Building Construction Products (BCP) Division. In Athens, we build Mini-Hydraulic Excavators and Small Track-Type Tractors, and if you understand any of that, let me know; we can chat about it sometime. As a supply chain intern, I have been working with planning/packaging engineers on a couple of summer projects as well as taking 6 Sigma Green Belt classes.

At the end of May, we traveled to North Carolina to visit three other Caterpillar facilities. We even had the opportunity to operate a few large machines. I lifted 4 tons of sand with this wheel loader (sick brag).

 

In NC, I met the other BCP supply chain interns

 

My team went kayaking a couple weeks ago for a bonding day

 

Who doesn’t love personal protective equipment?

 

Main takeaways from the Georgia landscape: I basically live in a forest, and there are hills everywhere

 

In the last half of my internship, I plan to visit several southern cities and try to stay cool in this insane heat before returning back to one of my favorite places on Earth: Ames, Iowa.

Honors Summer Snapshots: Hannah

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Hannah Astarita (senior in Event Management) went on the summer study abroad trip of your dreams, and is now back in Iowa at her internship:

To kick off the summer, I went to Adventureland with some friends. We had a blast because the weather was amazing and since it was still early in the season, it was not busy at all. That means we didn’t have to wait in any lines, even for the new roller coaster. If you don’t know about this roller coaster, then I should tell you that the hill is 90 degrees and I was regretting my life decisions the whole way up. As you can tell, I survived and would highly recommend it next time you are in the area.

To preface the next set of pictures, I went on a faculty lead study abroad trip to Italy in May. It was a two-week program called “For the Love of Italy and Food,” and yes, it was as amazing as it sounds. Our two brave instructors led a group of 14 Iowa State students through Rome, Tuscania, Florence, Parma, and Milan. We got to experience so many things that typical tourists or semester long study abroad students don’t get to do. Once the program was over, I decided to stay in Europe an extra week with my friend Ian, and we went to Munich, Paris, and Amsterdam. This was my first time in Europe, and I already have the travel bug and can’t wait to go back.

Here is the group in Tuscania. I loved our group and made several lifelong friends that I can’t wait to hang out with again in the fall. The man kneeling in the front is Massimo, and he was our overly detailed tour guide. He was the sweetest man with the best jokes, but he could really talk and talk. He did a great job though because Tuscania was one of my favorite stops. Some of my favorite food here was at an olive farm (where I spent a lot of money on souvenirs) and a vineyard we toured. Everything about Tuscania felt like I was supporting local, and I loved the small town vibes of it.

 

One of the features all of our hotel bathrooms had were bidets. At first I just saw it as a waste of space, but by our third stop in Florence, my roommate and I decided we should try it…I mean we were there to experience the culture, so why not all of it? I have to admit, it really does make you feel nice and clean.

 

Another unexpected highlight of Florence ended up being the day we unknowingly climbed a mountain (okay, maybe it was a hill, but we like to think of it as a mountain!). We were on our way to Fiesole, and we saw this sign after we had already been walking for a solid 45 minutes. There was lots of tension on this walk because we missed the buses to get us up there in the first place, the boys with directions left us in the dust, and we almost didn’t think we would make it. Some of the girls quit after we stopped for pizza and wine at the halfway point. That left me and two other girls to finish the climb, but it truly bonded us and we got to see some amazing views.

 

We had a tour of the official Parmigiano Reggiano factory to see how the cheese is made. Imagine a whole room filled with aisles like these…

 

These pictures are after we made a collective meal at Academia Barilla in Parma. While in Parma, we also toured the Barilla plant and I got to talk with one of their event coordinators!

 

While in Munich, we ate all our meals outside, and I loved the beer gardens. I also enjoyed walking around their huge park where we stumbled upon lots of people surfing in the river. We definitely lucked out with the weather here!

 

Here I am with Ian at Versailles. I really enjoyed this tour mainly because we downloaded a Rick Steves audio guide. He has audio guides for all over and I highly recommend checking them out if you ever travel. Other than the gorgeous palace, there were just acres and acres of garden space. On the property you could rent golf carts, bikes, and paddleboats, or a hop on a train to get around. We decided to endure the walk all the way to Marie Antoinette’s hamlet. It was worth the journey because it really was its own little getaway! Plus, we ran into our friends we made at the hostel the previous night…what a small world!

Amsterdam was my last stop before coming home, and it did not disappoint! We made sure to rent bikes for the afternoon to make sure we really experienced the true culture.

 

One of my favorite reasons about being home are my dogs. This is them getting HYPED for their walk. You can’t really tell right now, but the littler one is getting whacked in the face by the other one’s tail…there is too much excitement.

 

Just so you don’t think all I’m doing this summer is traveling around…. here is a picture of where I work at the Hotel Pattee. I am the event intern, and it is so much fun. All of the employees are like a family and there is never a dull moment. So far, we have had a wedding every weekend I work! But there are also other events, my favorite one being Baccoon. This was a bacon bike ride and Perry was one of the stops.

 

Working at the hotel means I get a ton of free food, especially cakes and cupcakes. That means I have to work out so I don’t feel too guilty. This summer I decided to try Bachelorette Cycling at State Gym on campus. It was such a good workout and we cycled for pretty much the whole 2-hour episode. Even if you don’t like the show, it’s a fun environment to get a good sweat going.

Honors Summer Snapshots: Jamie

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Jamie Sampson (sophomore in Software Engineering) has penned an ode to Workiva…and thinks you’d love working there too:

It was just announced that Workiva is one of the best places to work in IT. Based out of Ames, IA, Workiva is located in the research park and is probably the most technology enhanced modern building in Ames.

Perk #1: The building is open 24/7 to those with the proper identification (it even has showers and fully stocked snack stations).

I told myself I would never be a Mac person, but here we are, and I love my laptop (granted my job is tied into it, but that’s beside the point). Seen is here is one of many different outdoor setting arrangements. It’s way better than anything in my apartment, minus maybe my bed:

Perk #2: There isn’t a set clock in, clock out schedule and you can go anywhere on the property to work.

Free breakfast 5 days a week. Who can beat that? 1 (sometimes 2) shots of expresso with skim milk and 2 pumps of ghirardelli chocolate syrup with honey wheat bread and peanut butter with a side of grapes or a banana. Breakfast for coding champions:

Perk #3: Every Wednesday, they have a special breakfast, sometimes yogurt, Panera bagels, cereal, and hot breakfast for the super special days/ when all the important people come.

I can’t begin to explain how amazing these people are. I’ve learned so much from them and look forward to many more memories with them. 3 to my right (Joe, Jeremy, Luke) are fellow software engineers, Dave is our fearless manager, and Marty is our release engineer. My title is Software Engineering Intern in R&D doing productivity engineering stuff, more specifically release management things.

Perk #4: I love going to work everyday.

Though you can’t see any people now, imagine it filled with impressionable minds. This is where you can see the goings-on of the summer internship program (ie. guest speakers, info sessions, mingling). It also likes to hold hangry peoples:

Perk #5: The chefs that cook for Workiva were trained by those from The Café and Provisions in Ames (aka, they make 5 star meals for us everyday).

They say the way to someone’s heart is through food, and let’s be honest, when you’re eating this kind of meal you can’t say it’s not true. Seen here is a salad with buttermilk ranch, a vanilla crème puff, water, fancy corn on the cob, fresh mushroom, herb, pesto pizza, with balls of quinoa goodness:

Perk #6: They serve specials Tuesday – Thursday every week (the favorite has been breakfast for lunch).

The new person in the photo is Travis (he was being picture shy in the group one). Team lunches are always a great time to take a break from work and catch up with each other. There isn’t a lunch that goes by without someone laughing. And the trees in the background, yes those are real trees, and no I have yet to get a leaf in my meal or find a snake under my foot, but I’d be surprised if it didn’t happen sometime while I’m here (less so on the snake part for everyone’s sake).

Perk #7: Not pictured but, Workiva is pet friendly! The most common furry friend is the dog, but there have been cats and birds too. Also the mice, though no one really owns them…(they are like leprechauns, we set out peanut butter for them but never see them).

The atrium holds many living plants which are also spread throughout the whole building. Fun fact, one of the founders had them brought from his property to be planted here. It is the only place where you can rely on the temperature to be what you expect it to be (we for sure aren’t tree killers). Nothing like a little fresh air without going outside.

Perk #8: There is no dress code. I go to work everyday in jeans, tennis shoes, a t-shirt, and a jacket. The atmosphere is the definition of chill.

My team’s hazing. Took a couple weeks but I’m no longer really really really awful at foosball. Our traditional after lunch activity and whenever we are just feeling like a break from work (or it’s Friday but that falls into the later and part). Many tragic defeats and triumphant wins:

Perk #9: The game room is amazing. Pool tables, ping pong tables, foosball tables, darts, Nintendo switches, arcade machines, Xboxs, the list goes on.

Disclaimer for blog entry: I swear I actually do work even if it doesn’t look like I do from the pictures. Because I’m doing what I love, software things, it’s all on the down low/behind lock and key. If you ever get a chance to tour or receive free food from Workiva, do it. If you ever get the chance to intern with them, your next immediate thought should be heck yes.