Life Changes & The Change Agency
“Sometimes we fear change, even change for the better.”
Flashback to five weeks ago — I was seriously wishing that I was waking up in the same city I’d lived in for the first 18 years of my life, opening my eyes to my bedroom in Minnesota that at first glance appears to be frozen in time: prom pictures, high school yearbooks, and my letterman jacket hanging in the closet. Or perhaps waking up to my Madison, Wisconsin apartment where I had shared many great times, memories, and laughs with college friends.
Instead, I woke up in the third largest city in America — alone. Before I allowed my feelings to consume me, I popped out of bed, forced on my shoes and stepped outside to explore my new city. Looking up at the tall skyscrapers, feeling like an ant in a haystack, I thought to myself, “What am I doing here?”
Ever since tossing my graduation cap in the air just a few short weeks ago, the changes have been coming fast and furious. New city, new apartment, new roommate, new job.
When describing life in the Windy City, one word comes to mind: Fast. Everyone and everything moves so FAST — here, there, rushing everywhere. The perfect example of this fast-paced lifestyle is the place that brought me here: an advertising agency called Trisect.
At Trisect, we tout ourselves as a “change agency.” Since my arrival here in early June, day-to-day work around here has definitely lived up to that. Whether it’s the creative direction for a project, client requests, or timelines, one of the only constants here is change. In fact, about three weeks after arriving at Trisect, I found myself with a new desk on a completely different floor. When it comes to the bigger picture, Trisect stays on the cutting edge of what is changing in the world of advertising in order to help our clients adapt to and harness those changes in an impactful way.
Trisect is the perfect training ground for learning how to adapt to change and make it your most powerful ally. For me, finding a way to exist in the middle of change, both personally and professionally, is exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. My time here at Trisect has taught me that change should build you up and make you, and the work you do, better. You should welcome change and adapting to it should challenge and excite you.
I would be remiss if I didn’t offer a special shout out to my fellow interns. All of them are experiencing many of the same changes as I am. You may have read about Parker and his new roommates — his mom and dad. Matt spent his one-hour commute home to the suburbs writing Trisect a song. Henrik made the trip to Chicago from Michigan State and Max found out that the living in the real world sometimes means staying at the office until 9:30 p.m. Check out their stories for more.
Whether it’s feeling excited about getting a crock pot for Christmas or trading tailgates for timesheets, many of our lunch hours have been spent laughing about the ironic and funny moments that come along with entering into the “real world.” We even found a way to work some of these moments into our intern project.
“Embrace change and it will hug you back.”
Trisect embodies what Chicago is to me. Change — a new start, a vibrant culture, and tackling it all with fearless enthusiasm.
Watch out Chicago, I’m here and I’m ready.
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Trisect is an Independent advertising agency with over 140 people across our two offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. Simply put, we are a change agency. As one of the country’s fastest growing independent shops, we help brands navigate a constantly changing marketplace, adapt and win. We listen harder. Collaborate better. And infuse business with exhilaration.