Day 13: Hitting the Ground Running

Camille Ertel 2016

Well the first week of MSBA 2016 is in the books for me! Due to Union College’s trimester system, I found myself graduating on Sunday and starting work bright and early the following morning. The transition has been a little rough at times, but I am happy to say that I am excited for the rest of the summer. Even though I attended school in Upstate New York, I am not very familiar with the city and thus this week was a major learning experience for me (but I only got lost twice)!

“The team that I work with is already family to me.”

I am finally getting the hang of my hour-and-a-half commute out to White Plains where I intern at the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Although it is a longer commute than most of the other students in my class, so far it has been worth it. In my first week there, I have already been assigned a myriad of tasks including database entry, gift-wrapping, shipping, reserving off-site practice facilities and even approving the occasional player visa! My work environment is fast-paced and we are absolutely grinding at the office since it is the busiest time of year for the USTA. Not only do we have the Emirates US Open Series about to start, but we also have to prepare for the Open as well. The team that I work with is already family to me, and I feel very comfortable asking them for help and asking questions about my duties. Everyone there has truly made my transition smooth, and I find myself feeling very satisfied and accomplished at the end of each day.

I had the extreme pleasure of meeting up with two-thirds of my Mentorship Collective (Sag Samimi of Cogent Entertainment Marketing and Jade English of Roc Nation Sports) on Friday evening at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in Manhattan. It was technically an event for a foundation, but the three of us were able to meet up and get to know one another over some very good apps! I’m excited to spend a lot more time with them as the summer progresses.

This morning (Saturday), I went for a run around Central Park; it was absolutely beautiful, and I hope to make it a routine from now on. Overall, it was an absolutely exhausting first week, but I love to stay busy and so far I am very happy here. I look forward to the speakers this upcoming week and I am beyond stoked to go to the NFL Headquarters on Friday, as football is one of my absolute favorite sports. Go Pats!