For Here All Are OneBy
Today’s guest post is by current Peppercomm intern and future industry star, Alexis Tedesco.
As a recent college graduate the feelings of adjusting to life after college are still more than fresh in my mind. The echoes of “welcome to the Real World” are still bouncing around my ear drums. Even my mother’s constant reminder that “the party’s over” still puts me into shock.
Sitting in Alumni Stadium, about to be finished with my 4 years at Boston College, I could not comprehend what post-grad life would really entail. As I surreally walked across the stage for my diploma, completely packed up my small dorm on campus, and said goodbye to my roommates (more like sisters), I felt like I was being thrust out of the community that I had so lovingly called home. I was worried because so many of the people that surrounded me for four years encompassed the same values that I held at the center of my life. What would life be like without these people?
Not that all Boston College kids are the same, but there is a bit of a classic B.C. persona that usually holds true amongst students. I took pride in the fact that my fellow Superfans were so filled with school spirit that they rarely missed a B.C. game. I enjoyed being surrounded by people who were type-A overachievers, but still wanted to have fun together on the weekends. As nerdy as it sounds, I loved being in class with students who enjoyed learning for the sake of learning and always wanted to be part of the discussion.
But most importantly, I would not be able to live without my Eagles who always lived by the moto “For Here All Are One”, this bonding sentiment that we are all united, working together for the same cause, and with each other for every step or fall we take. This phrase was printed on t-shirts, chanted at sports games, and constantly repeated by faculty.
Needless to say, I was more than ecstatic to visit B.C. for the first time following graduation this weekend; So much so that Grace, a fellow intern, had to ask me at lunch on Friday why I kept randomly grinning during our conversation. But when I finally arrived and talked with the friends I missed so much about the internship I just began with, I started to realize how much of these same B.C. values Peppercomm embodied.
My friends of course asked me, “What is your favorite part of working with the company?” And I could tell them that I loved Peppercomm for the same reasons I love B.C.: The People. Peppercomm, like my alma mater, is still filled with hard-working, driven, spirited, but still fun-loving people. My co-workers who plug away on their accounts and ensure their clients success, are still the same people who eagerly decorate t-shirts for their office-wide softball game. My fellow interns Grace and Nicole, who I watch crank out pitches and media lists like it’s their job (Oh wait. It is.), will chat to me about their friends and weekends over lunch and happy hour.
Still most importantly, I can say that at Peppercomm “Here All Are One”. Everyone is happy to work together. This supportive environment is the same exact thing I experienced at B.C. where I am encouraged to ask questions and learn as much as possible. Everyone is so willing to make sure that any other co-worker/intern gains the skills we need to grow our careers and help keep this agency at the top. In this way, every person that I work with truly has the entire company’s interests at heart, and they are willing to do it while having some fun.