The Intern Chronicles: Jade Discovers Boston

Journal Entry #1: My 1st Business Trip By Jade McNorton

Let me start of by saying I am so thankful I was able to accompany the Tom Adams Team (Angela, Danelle & Tom) on this trip to Boston. It was my first “business” trip so I literally had NO idea what to expect. After planning out way too many outfits, packing half my closet, and probably annoying Angela with question filled emails I was finally ready.

A car came to pick me up around 4 in the morning, which is an hour I never like to see. I was so anxious for the trip I hardly got any sleep, so waking up was not fun. I did feel pretty official getting picked up by a car service; the standard has been set pretty high for future business trips.

Once we picked up Angela I started to feel more relaxed and excited for the trip. It would be my first time in Boston and all I really knew about it were the Red Sox and Boston Baked Beans… so I had no idea what to expect.

We were meeting Danelle at the airport so I got anxious again for when the time came that she would be joining us. I didn’t know what to expect from her, but I now know to trust Angela when she says people are great. Danelle instantly put a smile on my face as I met her and she began telling us the story of her morning and how she’d gotten half way to the airport without her cell phone and had to turn around.

Danelle’s stories would continue to entertain me throughout the trip.

Our flight takes off and I’m asleep before we even start taxiing on the runway. My mom had warned me that this was a business trip so I shouldn’t sleep the entire flight, but that 3 AM wake up made that very difficult. I alternated between sleeping and playing Candy Crush on my iPad, but 6 hours is a big chunk of time so sleep prevailed.

Along with it being my first time to Boston it was my first time flying Virgin America so I was pretty excited for that as well. I even got a special shout out from the folks at Virgin America via Twitter so that was pretty cool too. (And great PR I might add).

 

 

 

I was having a lot of fun with Angela and Danelle as we arrived in Boston. We checked out the venue of the summit, made our first of many appearances at the hotel restaurant Champions, and made an awesome new friend while making business cards at FedEx Office.

Making my first business cards was a fun experience and Angela and Danelle were super helpful during the process. I had no idea what I should put on them but they totally helped me come up with a legit title to add. Jade Biz Card

That night we made our second appearance at Champions for a late night snack since we were still on West Coast time. When I woke up the following day the whirlwind of the weekend began.

I knew Tom was arriving soon and was again anxious for how he would change our fun little group dynamic. I figured as just the intern he probably wouldn’t want to talk to me much or care about my input, but that was the furthest thing from the truth. Tom asked my opinion on how we should conduct social media and gave me a chance to really gain experience.

I think more than listening to the awesome speakers and meeting key people in technology world, what I loved and learned the most from this trip was the Tom Adams Team. Angela, Danelle, and Tom provided so much for me to learn from and were totally okay with me picking their brain about anything. They listened and appreciated my suggestions and never made me feel like what I had to say was unimportant.

The Thomas Adams Project Team

The Thomas Adams Project Team

 

I was also relieved that Chastin, the other intern, was cool. We got the chance to spend an afternoon exploring Boston and I even rode my first subway! I didn’t see any rats so I’d say it was a positive experience.

Tom’s speech on taking risks and not being afraid of failure resonates with me even more now that I’m writing this blog. After returning from the trip I interviewed for an internship that I really, really wanted but I wasn’t chosen. I was super upset about it, but then I remembered Tom’s speech and how he said to have done something and failed was better than to have not done it at all. It’s so ironic that he just spoke this message and it now sits with me in an entire different way than before.

I had an amazing experience on this trip. I accomplished the great task of getting Tom (@Tom_Adamsway) on Twitter and I made some great contacts that will hopefully help me in my continued job search. Most importantly though I learned a ton about how successful people operate and formed unforgettable bonds with the Angela, Tom, Danelle, and Chastin (who I’m positive is missing me by now).

 

 

Can’t wait ’til the crew is reunited!!!

Jade is the PR/Social Media Strategist for the Thomas J. Adams Project and NetWorks Sports Consulting. She is a 2013 graduate of Pepperdine University where she competed on the women’s basketball team. Follow Jade on Twitter!