Interns in Action – Keeping Busy, Keeping Active
MEET LEEROY CIENEGA
Since I was young, I have always taken a special interest in aquatic sports. For two consecutive years in high school, I dove competitively in region-wide competitions. Our training sessions and group workouts were physically challenging and mentally excruciating. The exhilaration I derived everyday from practice, is what kept me going. Swimming and diving inspired me to live a healthy and fit lifestyle from then on. I was motivated to eat healthier, partake in outdoor adventures, and explore different kinds of physical fitness.
After leaving my hometown to attend college in Austin, I picked up hiking, intramural sports, and running, but none of them came close to the physical and mental benefits I found from kayaking. Being on the open water has the ability to liberate my mind, as well as challenge my body to paddle against a strong current, howling winds, and darkening skies. Nature inspires me to physically adapt and mentally conquer any given situation by doing something I really love. Kayaking and the open water give me the encouragement to live a better life, where I feel happy, healthy, strong, and mentally reinforced.
MEET TOM DAY
At IT’S TIME TEXAS, I’ve done quite a lot in a short period of time. When I first got on board, the office was swamped preparing for the ITT Summit, and I jumped right into the mix. Of course the Summit was long and grueling, but by the end, not only would I never want to eat a Blizzard again, but I found out I’m pretty good at darts. After things calmed down, I got to really meet the other members of the ITT staff and fall into my standard intern duties. But for every seemingly humble task I performed, I learned something, or became more aware, or honed a skill.
Working in the projects department, there has always been something to do. Sometimes it’s as simple as gathering contact information or participating at an Exhibit in the Austin Convention Center.