There are a lot of things that I wish I knew when I moved to Cleveland.
How to budget, cook for one, change a tire…
You name it, and it’s probably on the list.
As a young 22 year old at the time, the biggest thing that I wish I knew was how severely this move would impact my life.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I knew NOTHING about the city of Cleveland, or really the state of Ohio. Sometimes I swear I STILL don’t know anything about them. I was doe-eyed and excited to finally start living independently. (I don’t know what I was thinking. Living independently is cool & all, but wouldn’t you like to have 0 financial responsibilities AND have your mom cook dinner for you? Those are the real glory days.)
What I DO know now, though, is how much living here and working at Score has changed the trajectory of my life.
I never knew how working at a family-run company would impact me.
Because Score is a small company, I’ve been able to take advantage of individual mentoring, national and international travel opportunities, and a variety of career options. I wish I knew how much growth I would have seen in myself in the first few years of being here.
Those are all incredible benefits, for sure, but they aren’t the most important thing for me.
The ONE THING I wish I knew before moving here is how important my coworkers were going to be to me. The team here at Score is my family away from home. The Widing’s basically adopted me, and gained a little sister that they never knew they wanted. They are there to pick me up when I fall, dust my shoulders off, and help me shine brighter than ever before.
This part of my life has been a roller coaster ride, for sure. I’ve had some REALLY high highs, and like everyone in their 20s, I’ve had some REALLY low lows. I’m grateful for both the good and the bad. Score Marketing and the city of Cleveland have taught me about personal and professional growth, the value in loving yourself, and how you can make a new place feel as much like home as where you grew up. I still don’t know how to change a tire, cook for one, and haven’t mastered budgeting…. But I think I’m ok with that.