Hello. Yes. I do in fact have a job this summer, thanks for asking. I am branching outside the world of DCNR to something new! An internship with an engineering firm. There are two landscape architects that I’m working for. The first day was pretty much like any other first day of an internship. A bunch of HR “onboarding” paperwork and then you are led around the office and introduced to all the people who’s names you will immediately forget. They all say “welcome aboard” or “glad to have you on board”. What is with all the nautical language? I think it’s funny.
It’s only the beginning of the second week so not too much is going on. I am getting to do some design concepts for some old tennis and basketball courts near an elementary school that may get turned into a little park! Very cool.
In the picture above, you can see my desk area for the summer! There’s no door or walls to enclose the space so people can walk by and see what I’m doing fairly easily. This is not great for me because my computer and I face away from where the people are walking. I’m thinking of bringing in a mirror so I can see what’s happening behind me. On the wall you can see a window that I drew that overlooks Yosemite Valley. I also have a plant on my windowsill which you probably can’t see.
In more exciting news, my “business” (if you can even call it a business) is thriving this summer! After posting my very first “Ad” on the Creative Wake facebook page (which you should really follow if you haven’t already) I got responses for actual people who want me to paint stuff for them! I guess there is some merit to advertising. One of the people who contacted me asked if I could paint part of their fence. Their FENCE. I’ve definitely never done something like this before and have no idea what I’ve gotten myself in to but I’m very excited about this! I start on Thursday. In the meantime, I have been painting some other things:
A second Frida Kahlo-inspired shelf!
A cool stool with leaves for my parents who are incredibly tolerant that the den is a constant mess of paint and furniture and is never used for its intended purpose.
And finally a table my friend found in the dumpster!
Also, I found this cool website called, Design Crowd. People who need graphic things can post their project on the website and all the graphic designers signed up with the website can make their best design and a winner is picked for the massive pile of entries. I am currently ranked #552,690 out of 627,942 designers so y’know, I have a ways to go.
Yeah, I’ve been pretty busy.
Fence update to come!
Enjoy this nice pic of my birds:
I can’t believe this summer is over already! Back to school is less than a week away. Today is my last day as a landscape architecture intern with DCNR. I have enjoyed my summer immensely and am very thankful for the experiences! Nothing much else to say.
This is my desk at the DCNR office. I get my own cubical and TWO monitors this year!
What an unbelievealble couple of amazing opportunities I have this summer! First of all, I have an internship at DCNR (Department of Conservation of Natural Resources) working for the landscape architects in the Bureau of Facility Design and Construction. If you recall, I worked for DCNR last summer, but interned with Agroforesty. It has been super enjoyable so far! I’ve gotten to work on construction documents, been to meetings, and done a rendering or two! I am also now on the 8th floor and have decided for some reason that I should take the stairs more often, but by the time I reach my floor, I am out of breath and trying not to breath loudly while logging on to my computer is surprisingly difficult.
The other thing I got to do is something so so amazing is work at the GOVERNOR’S RESIDENCE!!!! Like the GOVERNOR of PENNSYLVANIA! I’m so excited! I get to help design a rain garden, as well as helping with some various other projects on the mansion’s grounds. All of the staff are friendly and welcoming and I can’t believe I get to work with them! Also, they let me play the Steinway grand piano in the main hall! Very exciting times in the life of Zoe!
Here are some pictures of the Governor’s Residence:
The Rose Garden
And… BEES! They have a beekeeper on staff and built this display so kids that visit can learn about the importance of bees! They are also used to pollinate the roses and other flowers on the property!
And Here is where I’ll be designing the rain garden:
Hi friends! It has been a while, since I don’t usually post things in the summer time but some exciting stuff is happening!
First off, I am not going to be living in the dorms in the upcoming year! I will be living in a little apartment with myself and two cute birds. Because of the multitude of things that I have and would like to furnish my apartment with, we had to make several trips over the summer to bring everything up. I was also allowed to paint some of the walls, so I also did that. It looks very cozy and cute. (Pictures in a later post becuase I am lazy). Also, I finished my intern ship about two weeks ago (Which by the ways was when I had actually intened to post this).
I cannot believe that summer is almost over! In a few short days I will be returning to scool!!!
This post is not as long as I had anticipated. Many apologies on my part.
Oh wait! Here are some things that I did this summer over my internship:
These super long factsheets with information about differnent plants you can put in buffers. They print like a booklet. The pictures are small becuase do you really want to read all that information?
I also got to make some cool logos for various groups and stuff. This first logo for NEMA (Northeast/Mid-atlantic) Agroforestry was the only one that actually got used. haha. but they all looked pretty cool and I’m proud of them.
Actually I lied I think they might use the woodland stewardship one for something. Also the green is showing up brighter than it’s supposed to be for some reason.
Anyway, I also did some other cool things! I talked with a landscape architect who works for DCNR and he let me do some cool 3D sketchup modeling of an area of a state park that they are redesigning
Also, my little side project with the chairs is completed! They are so cute and I love them!
I also painted and sold a chair to my Spanish teacher from high school! (Picture is not the best quality)
For those of unfamiliar, I stole the title “My First Day” from the first episode of the since ended TV series “Scrubs”. And like the protagonist J.D., it was my first day as an intern – not as a doctor – but as an agroforestry intern for DCNR (District of Conservation and Natural Resources). It was kind of intimidating but everyone was super cool and I actually knew some of the things they were talking about! Finally! I understand why I have to go to school. (Just kidding) but seriously. Myself and another intern were introduced to ALL the people on the floor and some on the other floors, and let me tell you, that was A LOT of people. It felt like a real actual job which was weird. Also I felt a little confused about what exactly I was supposed to be doing and I think my fellow intern was as well. But we did it! Woo! Being an adult here I come. But not really. Because I’ll never be an adult. Anywho, one of my tasks is to design a logo for the working buffer program they are implementing and I think this logo speaks for itself: (it’s actually not done AT ALL if you were concerned) .
so that’s my day!