A Shift In Perspective

36°N Editor's Note: The following post is by 36 Degrees North intern Jordan Rambach. Jordan is about to enter his senior year as a finance major at the University of Oklahoma. We've so enjoyed having him on our team and look forward to what he will achieve in the future.

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When I became an intern for 36° North back in May, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I was still in school at the time, and finals week was three weeks away and suddenly I got  an email from the George Kaiser Family Foundation that they wanted to reassign me to 36 Degrees North, rather than keep me in their main office. To be honest, I was pretty upset at the time because I had no inside understanding of what 36 Degrees North was or who or what was there, rather that it was just next door to my favorite place to get beer (Prairie Brewpub).

Jordan with Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum after a city council meeting at 36 Degrees North.

Jordan with Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum after a city council meeting at 36 Degrees North.

In the one month and 11 days that I have been an intern for 36 Degrees North, I can now say I feel exactly the opposite. Getting to meet new people everyday and hear about their lives and careers has been really important and valuable to me, and I’ve been able to take so much away from it. Whether I am standing in the kitchen making coffee or am working at the front desk, someone always seems to blow my mind with a new idea or something they are working on. For example, Malachi Blankenship and his team are about to launch UTown, a social navigation app, and Grant Burke with GradeDeck is looking for capital funding. There are so many people who I’ve learned a lot from just by hearing about the things they are working on. It makes me sad because I’ve had so much fun that time has passed so quickly, and I know that I’ll soon have to face the reality of being in a classroom and doing schoolwork again.

Something else that has been really important to me is the diversity of industries that people work in and the perspective they’ve shared about the paths they’ve taken to get where they are. I’ve learned about a broad range of topics that include but are not limited to: small business finance and taxes, event programming, marketing, customer service, investment, different coding languages, the different flavors of La Croix, and many others.

Jordan selflessly going out in the rain to run an errand.

Jordan selflessly going out in the rain to run an errand.

Two important takeaways that I will carry with me are the importance of having a diversified skill set and also what it means to be proactive in the real world, not just school. The highlight of my workday is meeting new people and talking to the ones I already know. As a wide eyed college student who doesn’t know what is ahead of me, I just want to say to everyone here that what you say to me means so much, and I take so much from it. I appreciate you all so much, and if I can ever be of help to you in the future, please let me know.

All the Best,

Jordan