Today marked the first day of my new co-op job! I won’t go into the details of where I work, but the general idea is that it’s a startup in downtown Toronto and I am the new marketing co-op there.
My morning started off bright and early with my alarm blaring in my ear at exactly 6:30am. Note that I didn’t get out of bed right away (because the first thing I do is check my phone, who doesn’t?), but it was still extremely early.
I planned my commute the day before, and since it was my first day (and I’m really bad at gaging my times) I didn’t know exactly how long it was going to take me to get to the train station. My train leaves at 7:50am, or so I thought, but I ended up arriving earlier than expected and caught a train at 7:40am instead!
Commuting from the suburbs to downtown Toronto is no joke. It takes me about an hour and a bit in total IF I can get a ride to the train station in the morning. Don’t even get me started on taking the subway and bus.. That will probably be another day.
In Toronto, there are random spot checks that happen on board on the train every so often just to make sure everyone has paid to get on, otherwise they face a hefty fine. I reckon they don’t do this all the time because of the amount of people that board every day. It would be nearly impossible to make sure everyone pays, at least I think so. They could have created a barrier or something, I don’t know. But this form of security reminds me of the concept of a panopticon. It’s pretty clever in my opinion.
..well it just so happened that someone went around checking everyone’s ticket on my first day on the train. Lucky me, right?
Luckily, like the good citizen I am, I paid before boarding. So did everyone else in my area of the train. I can’t even imagine what would happen if someone didn’t and they got caught. Shit will go dooooooown.
I ended up falling asleep during the entire train ride (except the part where they checked everyone’s ticket), but boy, that is an uncomfortable way of napping. If anything, it strained my neck more to “nap” than to stay awake. I think I’ll start reading instead and keep myself occupied. It will also maximize my productivity while travelling. Yay me!
When I got off the train, I didn’t even have to question where I had to go. I just followed the huge stream of people towards the exit and BOOM I found myself outside the station. Now here comes the confusing part: there is a lot of construction going on around Union Station for as long as I can remember. Because of this, I was lost like a confused puppy. I’d like to say that I have a pretty good sense of direction so I quickly oriented myself and walked to my streetcar stop to get to work.
The streetcar isn’t so bad in the morning, but after work around 5pm is a completely different story… People. People everywhere.
I got to work early which I didn’t mind. I like making a good impression on my first day and prove that tardiness is non-existent on my list.
My work day went swell. I really enjoy working at startups because of the close knit culture it fosters. Startups are fast-paced and allows room for creativity because nothing is set-in-stone – exactly how I like to do work. I got to meet the team and the rest of the company. I was in meetings with different people most of the day just to get the gist of the company objectives and goals. I even wrote my first email blast today internally for the company which I felt extremely pressured to do since it was only my first day, but at least I got a taste of what to expect for the rest of my time here.
I work closely with another co-op student, Shivani. Her and I were actually friends before starting to work here together, and we had no idea that we would be together! I feel extremely lucky though. Shivani and I get along really well and today we proved that by collaborating on a project! We’re off to a great start and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us.
One of the perks of working here is that we get a catered lunch every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for employees. Which means that I will be able to eat decent food for once unlike when I lived by myself. And now I have no excuse not to eat during lunch. Today’s lunch was really yummy. It was from Ali Baba’s and it consisted of rice, chicken, and salad.
I’ve heard from many people that while I’m in Toronto, I should be trying food that I won’t be able to get from living in the suburbs. Hell yeah I’m going to take advantage of this foodie adventure.
I was bombarded with so much information and so much work during the entire day. I could sum up this day with one word: overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good first day. But it was just a lot, you know? I’m really bad at remembering names and faces and there are a lot of people at this company. In a perfect world, everyone would be walking around with name tags on their foreheads. But sadly the world doesn’t revolve around my wants and so I must deal with the awkward hellos and remembering names for these next few weeks. It’s also hard to fill in someone’s shoes after they left such a big impact on the company. The previous marketing co-op has done a lot, and I just hope that I can live up or match what he has accomplished during his time here.
My commute home wasn’t as bad as I thought. I wasn’t on my phone at all during the work day so I used my commute home as a time to catch up on my social media and answer messages.
This will be an exciting work term. I just know it.