This came sooner than expected, even for me 😮
I can’t believe it was almost 2 years ago when I first had my Zoom interview with Maddy, Valerie, and Suloni. I still remember Maddy asking about my Zoom background, which was a poppy field in central Asia.
When I started at LAITS, I’d had a lot of odd jobs (food service, babysitting, assisting an airplane mechanic, etc) but the idea of a “real” job in an office seemed daunting. Now, I’m starting a job on the Apple campus! (For a contractor… and the pay is very entry-level… but still!) I think these 2 years of experience have been the most valuable I’ve ever gotten from a job. I’ll miss everyone from LAITS so much, but the plus side of living in Austin is that I’ll probably see a lot of ya’ll around at places like Hole in the Wall.
Carrie: We didn’t get to talk that much, but it was really fun going to Jester with you and Thang on presentation week. Hope you’re having fun in China right now and have a good fall semester when you’re back!
Isaiah: It’s been fun for the few weeks we overlapped. I hope you enjoy the design team and keep up the blog title format FOREVER! I am so curious what kind of movie titles you’ll get to in the double digits.
Leilani: Did I ever mention I showed your blog avatar to a friend of mine just because I was so impressed how “swaggy” it was hahahaha. I will miss your sense of humor and your cool hats.
Lorena: Hopefully you’ll be back in the fall to see this! I still remember supervising you on CoLA Web Refresh and drawing the comics together. If not, have fun at your internship. Also have fun in LA!
Luisa: I was about to say I’ll probably see you around thrifting, but then I remembered you’re gonna be in Illinois. Congrats on your grad school gig
Marissa: We didn’t get to talk that much, but I was always really impressed by your designs. Keep it up!
Thang: It was so fun helping you onboard and make that meme together. We haven’t seen each other as much because you’re doing webdev stuff, but I hope you’re having fun in Vietnam and have a great fall.
Valerie: I’m so grateful for your part in getting me this job, and you’ve been a great manager for these 2 years, in terms of both accommodating my schedule AND playing cool lofi nintendo/ghibli music. I look forward to seeing where you go from here and seeing more of your art in the future.
And most of all I will miss these SLACK EMOJIS (jk)
Best of luck everyone!