Zappos Intern: The End
Wearing whatever the heck I wanted to work, working out with the Real Results team, attending Redesign and Refresh meetings, designing landing pages, planning future promotions, going to the wrong conference center for Magic and Platform, standing up for myself when someone tried to pickpocket me at Calvin Harris, eating a donut with a poptart in it, watching the Bellagio Fountains after eating at Wicked Spoon with my best friends, witnessing three weddings at the Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas sign, eating out with the 6pm Inspire team at Bacchanal, Fogo de Chao, and that wonderful tea place on the Strip, stopping by Tower 5 to visit my friends and steal a Sprinkles cupcake (or two), hanging out with our CEO Tony Hsieh at the Merch Recognition White Party, jumping off a boat into Lake Mead, having the time of my life with my fellow interns at the Annual Vendor Party, and being 100% me and loved for it, that was all real.
And now it's over. I think I've cried like 20 times. My life just isn't the same anymore. I am not the same anymore.
I guess you can say that working with Zappos and 6pm has totally spoiled me, but oh, how I crave for more. There's something that's been lit within me, another passion to go the next level. While I muse over what my forthcoming plans are, here are some lessons I've learned as a Visual Design Intern:
- Critiques only make you better
- Failure is just another chapter to help you get to the end
- Communication between you and your team(s) is vital to success
- Understanding the business, the brand, the target audience directly corresponds to your design strategy
- A/B Testing is crucial in Redesigns/Refresh
- Different perspectives is a good thing and can help the business move further
- UX Design is meant to create stories with our design and our customer
- Always be willing to ask questions and learn from others
- Spend time practicing different mediums to build your design skills
- And always do more with less
I could talk forever about all that I've learned, but I would have to publish a book and I ain't got time for that so this will do. LOL. I really did learn so much and I am so grateful to the Intern HR team, 6pm Inspire team, my family and friends, everyone that supported me and challenged me to go against the grain. Out of 10,000 applicants, only 32 of us were selected. After being selected and have worked at Zappos and 6pm, I understand why I was chosen and I think I need to start really owning up to it: I have an awesome attitude, I really do my best to care about people and listen to them, I'm willing to learn and I learn fast, I have a natural eye for design, color, layout, and typography, and I'm curious and hungry for new knowledge. I am capable of doing great and wonderful things.
With one more semester left at Texas A&M, I realize that this place no longer feels the same. The campus I once so loved is now a paper cage keeping me from the real world, but my time here is so fragile and soon this paper cage will crumple and I will be released into the great unknown. I pray that my years of schooling, internships, and upbringing will be enough for that day. Wherever I go next, I know I will be passionate, determined, and unafraid to dream big. Thank you Zappos and 6pm for the best summer of my life.