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Nov 21

10 Weeks Down, 2 To Go!

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 12:49 PM by Tori Simpson

My internship is nearly over with a little less than two weeks left. It's gone by unbelievably fast, but a lot has happened over the course of it. Here's an update on what I've been doing the past few weeks!

The Elementary Swim Program ended at the beginning of November and overall, it was a success! I was sad to see it end, but I had a blast getting to know all the kids and watching them progress as swimmers. I created Certificates of Completion to give out to all the students, but unfortunately, there wasn't time built into the program for me to hand them out personally. Instead, I gave them to the teachers to give to their students and I hope they were a hit! I also included information about our scholarship program and a free coupon to the pool with the certificates. Hopefully, this will encourage some of the kids to return to the pool and maybe take advantage of some of our other facilities. I can't wait to see how ESP grows in the future; it's already a great program and it has a lot of potential to keep building its impact. 

We've started planning for Music in the Park 2020 and if you haven't heard of it before, I highly suggest you check it out next year. Music in the Park is a weekly concert series that happens every summer at the Truckee Amphitheater in Regional Park. Not only is it a good time, but it's a really awesome showcase of the community we have here in this small town. There's a lot of work that goes into getting this thing off the ground though.We have to set dates, book bands, recruit sponsors, strategize marketing, distribute marketing materials, plan production, staff the event and more. And this all has to happen before the concert series even starts! There's going to be a lot of hours put into this event and I won't get to be a part of it all since my internship ends soon, but I'm excited that I get to participate in the initial planning!

In the past few weeks, I've also had the opportunity to interview a couple of the higher level employees. I interviewed Angelo, the Senior Sports Coordinator, and Steve, the General Manager. Both of them have worked in the industry for over 30 years so they had a lot of good information to share with me. They share a passion for this industry and the positive impact it can have. When I asked them what their favorite part of the job is, both had similar answers-- the best part of their day is seeing that impact in the smiles on people's faces and the fun that they're having. Steve also gave me some valuable advice when I asked how to succeed in this industry. His answer was to push yourself. Doing the uncomfortable thing isn't easy, but the uncomfortable thing can start to come naturally when you challenge yourself.