Monday, October 5th, 2015. The first day of the week. A day that, for some, is the most dreaded of days. But this wasn’t just any Monday. It was the first of many to come for me, Pedro Huertas, Design Intern, here at designRoom Creative.

I didn’t grow up in the world’s greatest neighborhood; it was mostly taken up by the underprivileged, about three minutes from Lake Erie. The views of downtown Cleveland are beautiful, yet distant. Never in a million years did I think that my life would take me to an award-winning downtown design firm. I figured I would end up working like my father in a factory, doing all that I could to stay afloat.

Days, months, and years passed as I bounced around to different neighborhoods, even leaving the country to live in Puerto Rico for a while. It wasn’t until I wrapped up my last year of high school that things started to fall into place for me. I decided to join the United States Army as a 25M Multimedia Illustrator. I had no idea what it was, to be honest, and laughed at the idea that such a position even existed.

It was there I learned what I wanted to do with my life — a calling unlike anything I had experienced before — a career in Graphic Design, not just in the Army, but also in the years after. The only way that I could make that happen was by going to college. So I became a Graphic Design major / Communication minor at Cleveland State University. I’m a senior now, and was lucky enough this past summer to obtain an internship at Sherwin Williams, in their internal graphic design department. That was a great experience, and I developed relationships I hope to maintain for years to come. But I wanted more.

Which brings me back to Monday, October 5th, 2015. My first day at dRC.

Was I nervous? Hell yeah I was nervous. I had no idea what to expect here at a smaller, creative branding and design firm like this, or what they wanted from me. I had just traded a corporate internship for this much more intimate, collaborative, dynamic environment. It was a good trade. I know I’ll be involved in a lot of different projects here.

Now I’m a sponge, soaking in anything and everything that I possibly can. It’s perfect. From the sit-in meeting first thing in the morning, to reviewing designs, to this blog that I am writing right now, this is what I want to do. This is where my life has taken me. But these are just my first steps. The first of many to come for me here at designRoom Creative, and for my career as a designer.