The first day I walked into Sweet Tooth, I was so nervous I could barely speak. For people who know me this is huge, I talk all the time. I wanted so badly to make a good first impression, and to reassure them that I was the best choice for the Marketing Coordinator Co-op position. At Sweet Tooth, I was to be the sole author of the Sweet Tooth Blog and was expected to undertake a variety of marketing initiatives. For the first couple of weeks I came into work wearing a suit jacket every day. It wasn’t until our CEO Jay came in wearing a bright pink t-shirt that I realized business-casual was more casual-business in the Sweet Tooth office. This was my first inclination that my co-op with Sweet Tooth would be like nothing I had ever experienced before.
In my first meeting with my supervisor Steve, I was given one single piece of advice that set the tone for my entire co-op term. This piece of advice was “become comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Many of the duties I would be performing were completely foreign to me.
The startup mentality and blogging was completely foreign to me. I wished not to be seen as “that co-op student”, or as a liability to the company. I wanted to make my impact felt and be viewed as a contributing member that improved Sweet Tooth, not held it back.
I watched and listened carefully for the first while so I could see what the office dynamic was and learn how I could become a part of it. Everyone seemed to be so bright and were knowledgeable in multiple subjects, not just for what their job required. I quickly found that if I were to make an impression I would have to be flexible and willing to go the extra mile.
Now that my co-op term is complete, I am left with fond memories and friendships that will stay with me for a lifetime. Here are 8 highlights of my co-op term with Sweet Tooth: