My name is Ashton Callis and this summer I accepted an internship at Imagewest. I could not have been more excited to further my skills as a graphic designer inside an actual agency. Just a few months before becoming an intern at Imagewest, I adopted a dog from the Humane Society with my roommates. Best decision ever. Her name is Lana. Then I got to thinking, keeping up with Lana and working at Imagewest have very similar commitments.
Adapting to Change
When I first adopted Lana I thought having a dog would be no problem. I also thought having another job as a graphic designer would be a breeze, but I underestimated the tasks before me. I did not anticipate how owning a dog and having an internship would be so parallel with one another. My first takeaway from my internship and dog owner experience is the ability to adapt is essential. That’s something I have had to learn how to do quickly this summer both at home and at the office.
Multi-tasking, Diligence, & Patience
Working with several clients and juggling multiple projects has been very similar to keeping up with a puppy. Constantly keeping tabs on the mischievous little pup to make sure she isn’t eating the couch is a lot like checking in every day with clients and accounts. Both have taught me to expect the unexpected. In my internship this means creating multiple drafts of everything and working ahead even if I’m not sure what the client wants. This often means building defenses around my projects and anticipating and addressing potential problems through multiple proofs.
Another place where I started seeing a similarity between my new pup and my internship was the way they both demanded my time to be managed. As my internship has progressed, 6 A.M. has slowly become the new time that my mental alarm clock goes off. This, of course, is shortly followed up by a cold lick to the nose. Waking up early has now become a habit that has created a new routine for myself. This routine has provided structure and taught me time management, which has made multitasking easier.
The last place I began seeing the similarities between Lana and Imagewest is in the way our team depends on each other. Just like Lana depends on me, our team depends on one another. At Imagewest, nothing would be possible without the teamwork that we have. Being the only designer on the team this summer has added a huge responsibility to my position, meaning all the accounts depend on me. So everyone pitches in (even alumni!) to ensure that things are finished and done right the first time. This is a lot like the way my roommates make sure Lana has plenty of attention. In both cases Imagewest and my puppy continue to teach me new lessons everyday, while always reminding me adulting is hard and full of surprises.