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QuP TeamAs most individuals would do when they are proud of something, I have shamelessly bragged about my internship with Rock Connections, a member of the Quicken Loans Family of Companies. I feel that as much as I share my experiences and attempt to convey how wonderful of a time I’m having, words seem to fall short.

I’m continually amazed with the little things I’ve experienced: the unexpected romance of working in a high rise, the beauty of watching rain clouds touch the top of the One Detroit building as they pass by, being able to see a different country from my desk in the One Woodward building, witnessing the improvements being made downtown first hand and most of all, the kindness of everyone I’ve had the pleasure of conversing with, no matter how brief.

And those are just the little things.

The big picture continues to surprise me. When asked about how things are going, I give a giant smile and respond with, “My expectations have been exceeded at every level – I could not have asked for a better opportunity.”

I came home from orientation more excited than anything I can remember. We spent most of the day in the bright and colorful One Woodward building. The conference room (which is the entire second floor) was practically pulsing with energy – especially during presentations. I immediately fell in love with the Quicken Loans culture, campus and atmosphere. Everything we did that day was inspiring, encouraging and overall incredible. And believe it or not, it just keeps getting better.

My team members are smart, driven, funny and great to be around. We work together seamlessly – which is something I definitely appreciate. I feel that our teamwork is made possible by the Quicken Loans culture in general. We’re encouraged to solve problems, work together and build upon ideas. It makes it very obvious as to how the ISMs and culture of the Family of Companies has paved the way to making QL not only number one in client experience, but also team member experience.

To be completely honest, working here has made me realize how wrong I was about a lot of things. I was wrong about my personal limitations, both physical and mental. I was wrong about any safety concerns about working downtown. I was wrong to worry about having a “nine to five” gig.

Finally, it was time for ISMs day – a full dive into Quicken Loans culture. Company leaders put on a super high-energy presentation, highlighting what makes this family of companies stand out from the crowd and how to translate those differences to bring out the best in Quicken Loans, in Detroit and in one’s personal life. Dan Gilbert himself spoke to how much ISMs can change your mentality. Well, I tried doing just that – and it has definitely made a lasting impact. I realized how much potential I have as a designer, as a team member and as a person. I realized how much potential the city has and how people who love Detroit are working to improve it. I realized how valuable ideas are and how they, with proper cultivation, can grow from dreams to reality.

For as long as I can remember, my dad has always reminded me of his favorite adage, “If you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life.” I can hands-down, 100 percent say that I love what I do here. Being a Graphic Designer for Rock Connections is so incredible. There have been multiple times where I had to stop and take a second to appreciate that I am doing something I once nearly gave up on merely because I didn’t think it was going to happen.

I am a graphic designer. I am working for the best company in Detroit, and one of the best in the nation. I love the work I get to do. I love the people I have the pleasure of working with. I love this city. I love the culture. I am completely in awe of my opportunity here.

So, to keep it simple: Never underestimate the power of a strong company culture, or the power of your own abilities.

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