Life in the Windy City
Well hello again! It’s been quite some time since I blogged for Queens and despite a few small changes, I’d say things are right where they should be. By small, of course, I mean I graduated from the McColl School of Business, accepted my position with Ford Motor Company, moved to Chicago, took up ultra marathon running and experienced my first (real) winter all at the ripe old age of 22
Let me back up a second. It wouldn’t be a Tyler Rauch blog without starting this all off by saying how glad I am to be back online for this wonderful university. After my year and a half of blogging for the Admissions department I am absolutely thrilled to have an opportunity to blog for the McColl School of Business.
Now, back to the good stuff. Life has been fast moving, chilly (ok, freezing) and full of surprises, but nothing that I wasn’t prepared for. Then again, how do you prepare for something like moving on three days notice to the country’s 3rd largest city where you’ll start your first job with a company fighting bankruptcy and in the current economic recession? Or how about living in the city, taking public transit, driving in the snow (don’t laugh…) and even figuring out how to solve problems that happen overnight in Ford’s oldest assembly plant?
The beauty of it is that you don’t prepare. You can’t. I’ve been fortunate enough to learn first hand, at such a young age, that life is full of surprises. Not pop quiz kind of surprises, but “wait, I’m going to Chicago??” surprises. I’ve also learned that you don’t sit back and wait for things to make sense, but you jump in with both feet and make them make sense. That’s exactly what I did. I took my ability to use practical knowledge/skills (thanks McColl School!) combined with a little luck, some determination and an incredible amount of support to land me exactly where I should be. Gainfully employed in the Windy City.
It’s been a wonderful adjustment as I prepare to celebrate my one year anniversary with the company and as you’ve all probably read or heard, Ford isn’t doing too shabby! I am still a Financial Analyst and work in Manufacturing Finance at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant. We currently make the new Taurus, Lincoln MKS and are preparing to launch the new Explorer. Can one guy get so lucky? It’s a very busy, but very exciting time here at the plant and I’m thankful to be apart of it all.
I’ll elaborate more on the work aspect of my life in future blogs, but for the sake of catching you all up, I’ll stick to the basics for now. I live in a beautiful apartment downtown and just love the Chicago skyline. When I’m not in my apartment staring out the window, I’m usually taking part in my new hobby – running. I know, the slowest kid on the team decided to take up the one sport he was worst at in college. Ironically enough, I don’t just run. I train for specific endurance races including the Leadville 50 ultra marathon, the Chicago Triathlon, the Chicago Marathon, etc… By no means do I think I’m normal or sane for doing this to my body, but then again, I stood in front of hurling lacrosse balls for four years so I really have no place proving my sanity.
I suppose it’s been difficult not playing competitive team sports, but I needed the thrill of competition and what better way than to compete against your mind and body for 14 hours at a time? It’s the rush I needed to keep my focus in Chicago. Hopefully I’ll be joining some ice hockey leagues or a summer lacrosse league, but until then, endurance running will have to do.
In closing, it’s hard to put into words the last year I’ve been in Chicago. I’ve grown as a person, I’ve continued to learn as a student, I have met new people and tried new things. I’ve become better at things I never imagined, but most of all I’ve been able to use my experiences from Queens and the McColl School of Business to stay on track and gain ground on this rollercoaster they call life!
With the support of my professors from Queens, a new hobby and a company that stuck it out when most of the country wrote them off, I am currently living my very own dream. I look forward to continuing on with my blog and keeping you up to date with Ford, my training and all that this wonderful city has to offer.
I’m always available for questions so please don’t hesitate to post a comment or write me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . It’s good to be back