“Life happens for us, not to us.” -Anonymous

I came across this quote somewhere in the world of Twitter and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. It couldn’t be more true! While some days are tough, in general, and you think “How could this happen to me?”, you have got to look at what happened for you in order to get there.
One example is this internship. While some moments can be tough with all the new learning experiences crashing in at once, more times than not, there is no doubt that every second of it is happening for all of us to make us stronger humans after the 16 weeks!

Already, in the 2.5 weeks I have been with Bamboo Skateboards, I have learned better time management, better ways of communication, benefits of different sizes and builds of skateboards, and am gaining a stronger work ethic everyday. If this experience was happening TO me, I wouldn’t be learning anything and I would be left right where I was when I started. No, I am having way too good of a time and learning way too much for it not to be happening FOR me.


This is just the beginning of an amazing experience, and I am beyond stoked to be a part of the class 16 group of interns…however; instead of being in California with most of my class, I am stuck in Ohio working remotely.  My plans are still up in the air for now of when I will be moving out to California, but I am hoping it is as soon as possible.  In the meantime, I am currently in my last quarter of school and will graduate from The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati in June with a BA in fashion marketing and management.  Wait, back up…fashion?  Yes, I have always had a love for fashion, music, art, and culture, but I have also found my real niche in activewear and my calling in action sports.  In high school I started wakeboarding and soon enough, snowboarding, which has lead me here as an intern with Bamboo Skateboards!

I found this internship on an up and coming action sports careers website called Super Rad.  Three weeks before I became an intern for Bamboo, I was constantly staying up until 3a.m. researching job posts because 1. I am a very determined person, and 2. I want to be in the action sports industry…like, yesterday.

So anyways, I found Bamboo’s internship post and I was automatically pumped after researching and learning more about the company.  This program is literally one-of-a-kind.  The in-depth experience, the culture, and the knowledge that we are going to gain from this is unreal!  I am looking forward to learning more about the industry so I can take as much as possible with me into the real world.

Today, we are slowly coming towards the end of the first week and it has been a crazy ride so far.  There is so much information to take in and keep up with, but one thing is for sure.  I have met (not technically ‘met’, but you know what I mean) so many awesome people and have learned some valuable life

lessons.  I am so grateful to be a part of this experience and I am excited to see what is next for Bamboo Skateboards, our class, and to be able to look back and see how much I have grown as a person after this!

“Today is the start of a new adventure. New challenges to face, new memories to make, and new obstacles to overcome.”     -Nishan Panwar

-Bri.

Check out this song that’s going to keep me motivated to move out West!

California

 

Late night wake sess.

 

 


Why Heeeeeelllloooooooooo! I am back! So here is the 411 on what is happening at Bamboo Skateboards so far. We were apart of an Eco fashion show this last week and it was a blast. All the interns, minus Jonathan, went. We all had so much fun and got to bond as well. We all got to see what it was like to be behind the scenes at a fashion show. We got to see what wardrobe and make up was like (behind the scenes), as well as what it takes to produce a fashion show. It was overall a really cool experience and I am so stoke that I got to be apart of it.
We had our final this last Monday and it was not to bad. I completely ran out of time but that was poor strategy on my part. Anyway, I am stoked that it is done! The mid term and final have taught me a lot. I never knew how to do cash flow statements or income statements until I was tested on them. This whole mid term/ final experience will be a great resume builder. Even though it was tough I learned a lot.
We are making moves with hook it! Thane and I really got the team going on new ideas and what we need to do to make the process more efficient. So that is good news!
Overall this internship has been a blast and a great learning experience! I am so stoked to have had this experience. I have made some great friends through this program and I think/hope that we will keep in touch once this internship is done.
Peace out!
Alex


Week 10! 6 weeks from the end.

I once met someone that had the words, “I am my own experience” tattooed across his chest. It intrigued me, and I always thought I knew the meaning of it. I always thought it meant that we become what our past experiences have shaped us to be. However, over the past few weeks, I have come to realize that it might mean something different. Maybe it’s not what we have become, but rather, who we choose to be. I am my own experience. I choose my experience, I shape my future, I am a reflection of my choices, and I have to power to give myself limitations, or set the standard. I have chosen this internship to challenge myself and to give myself an entrance into the action sports industry. Thus far, I have been met with challenge after challenge, which constantly tests my limit. My work is a reflection of myself and I choose what this reflection is. Now I realize that I am shaping my experiences to exceed my limit, and push past my comfort zone. In return, my experience is shaping who I am, and who I will become. I am my own experience is the act of utilizing your experiences to shape who you will be.

To those who are considering taking this internship, let me tell you that it is not for the faint of heart. It is challenging and will test your limits in every sense of the word. You, like many of the interns, will not have much of a life for 16 weeks. However, you will be taking a step towards the greater good of your career and your individuality. You will learn more about yourself in 16 weeks than you might have learned in the past 5 years. You are creating your own experience, and are therefore, allowing your experience to shape you. It’s a test and a challenge, but if you’re up to it, you have nothing to lose.

 


Getting an internship at BambooSk8 (as cheesy as it sounds) was an amazing twist of fate. Let me give a little bit of my story. I graduated from college in May of 2007 with a degree in English. Originally, I wanted to be a high school English/Language Arts teacher but as my schooling went on and on I suddenly realized that teaching may be a noble profession and summers off are an added bonus but it wasn’t for me. With one semester left, it was way too late to change majors to a more marketable degree, I decided to just to finish up and get it over with.

The following year was an “introspective nightmare” to quote Hunter S. Thompson. I moved back home to live with my parents for what I thought would only be a month or two. That was a culture shock in its own. I was used to having parties all of the time and just having all of my stuff around me. But moving back home that’s when the parties stopped and I had to find a…. a….JOB! Cruising monster.com and craigslist for every type of job that would pay enough for me to get out of my parents house. I eventually found one going door to door selling AT&T fiber optic cable. I hated it and failed miserably at it. I went into some serious soul searching after that. I didn’t want to live my life slaving away at some desk job and fall in line like every other corporate tool bag. I wanted to work with something I was absolutely passionate about. So began a new adventure.

I had been working for a comic book company as a warehouse guy all throughout college (I have to admit I am a geek) and I had some strings pulled for me by my old boss to meet with the editor-in-chief of Dark Horse Comics up in Portland, OR. to see if I could get an assistant editing position. Also, my best friend from college moved up to Portland after graduating college, so I stayed with him for a month with plans to live there. I was so sure that I was one of those rare lucky people that was able to live the dream. Unfortunately, Dark Horse didn’t have a position open for someone with my qualifications or should I say lack of qualifications.

I have been skating more years of my life than I haven’t and it’s always been a passion of mine. Another bonus about Portland was they have the best skateparks and one of the most active skate scenes in the world. So I spent the rest of my time in Portland patrolling the skateparks all over the Northwest with some new found friends. I had the time of my life skating places like Burnside and Battleground but I had to go back home because my funds were running out and though Oregon was fun in the summer, there was 9 months of cold and rain that a California kid like me could not handle.

I had no idea what to do with my life at that point. Here I was twenty-five years old with a pointless degree, no relevant experience and had no more options. My mind began to wander and soul search even more. I wanted to do something that was interesting and exciting, so I came up with the idea of joining the Air Force. With my degree, I could become an officer and my dad who was an staff sergeant in the Air Force during Vietnam had been trying to get me to join the “Force” for a long time. So it sounded like boot-camp would be my next stop.

The same day I had “The Talk” with my dad about joining the Air Force, I found a post on Malakye for a marketing internship for a bamboo skateboard company. So I randomly applied because I figured I had nothing to lose and gaining experience in a field I was interested and passionate about was worth more than a job Enterprise Rent-A-Car could ever be worth.

A couple days later, the same time I was looking at recruitment offices near my house, I received an email from Geoff from, then, Bamboo Buddy regarding an interview. I was so excited I actually now had a chance to get experience and perhaps find a career in something I was passionate about. I had very little to no marketing experience but I did know skateboards. I was so worried that I wasn’t qualified to get the internship.

Needless to say, I got the internship! I figured well maybe this is a sign from a higher power saving me from some terrible fate in the military. I was stoked.

My experiences at BambooSk8 have been great! Like the time we got kicked out of the X-Games for passing out fliers (trust me, it was funny) and the whole experience at ASR was fantastic. Even as an intern, I have had so much say in the company like a real employee should have. Everything from the littlest comments on the website to future product designs are taken into great consideration. I feel like I went into this internship with absolutely no experience in marketing or PR but I feel like all of the stuff I’ve learned from the other interns and Geoff has given me enough knowledge and experience that a year working at a shitty corporate company could ever teach.

Thanks to all you guys at BambooSk8!

-Taylor