Name: Gregory Hubbard
Type of Project: Internship
Please provide a brief description of your STEP Signature project.
For my STEP Signature Project I spent my summer in Toledo working with Owens Corning as a Sales Intern at their world headquarters. This project helped me grow in many different ways.
What about your understanding of yourself, your assumptions, or your view of the world changed/transformed while completing your STEP Signature Project?
My understanding of myself changed during this STEP project. I was not sure how I would be able to adjust, living in a new city and working a full time internship. I was nervous going into the summer because I had never had an experience similar to this summer internship. I was happy to find out that I was able to adjust to a new area/job and I feel that I grew a lot from this summer experience.
What events, interactions, relationships, or activities during your STEP Signature Project led to the change/transformation that you discussed in #2, and how did those affect you?
Through this project I wanted to make sure that I was constantly improving and growing myself. One of the areas that I wanted to improve most in was professionalism. One of the main goals for this internship was to get me ready to full time job after graduation and I feel that it definitely had that impact. I now have valuable Fortune 500 experience that I will use and carry with me throughout my career.
Another area I wanted to improve in was socially. I am normally a sociable person but I have never had the daunting task of going somewhere that I did not know anyone. I wanted to make sure that I was able to make great connections with people by the end of the summer. I am glad to have this experience because I now know whenever I am put in the position to meet a large number of people it is not something new to me.
The last area I wanted to improve in was just overall as a person. Living on my own was an entirely new experience. I had a lot of firsts during this summer, grocery shopping on my own and things like that. During my internship I flew on an airplane and went to Atlanta for the first time. It was just an overall amazing experience that was not only rewarding but developing me into the better person I am to become.
Why is this change/transformation significant or valuable for your life?
This transformation was crucial for my life. I learned a ton about myself during my STEP Signature project and it will lead me into the next steps as an adult. I feel that I would be behind on my development as a person without this STEP transformation. I am very appreciative to the STEP program for allowing this project to occur.