As I sit here writing this, I cannot believe that this summer is coming to a close. Next week at this time, I will be in classes. What is over is the summer of my amazing internship, networking, hanging with friends and gallivanting around the city I hope to call home upon graduation: Cincinnati. This summer has been so completely wonderful, life changing and inspiring! Want to know the best part? It has only just begun.
Back in April, when I was starting to discover my passion for entrepreneurship and startups, I decided this summer would have a title: The Summer of Kasey. Why? I was living on my own with very little adult responsibilities, I was starting Miami’s Altman Summer Scholar Program…why not take full advantage? This was the last summer I would ever be able to really explore everything Miami has to offer. I knew this was my chance to rise and show the world who Kasey really was.
I wanted to show the world that I was passionate about learning from others and that I was passionate about finding opportunities in unknown spaces. Creating Cincy Mentors did just that. Through my blog, I was able to learn from a lot of people…over 20 people in 8 weeks, to be more specific. I made some great contacts and learned a lot of growth hacks that I could have NEVER learned out of a book or online. Hearing people’s experiences was so invaluable, and I enjoyed making genuine relationships along the way.
I also loved getting to showcase Cincinnati! People, there is sooooo much going on here! The tech space is growing, the talent is growing, the funding is growing. The pride for this area is strong (just look at the 1-day demise of Chilicon Valley) and #startupcincy is a movement. Joining the Cincy tribe was the best thing I could have done, and I am excited to jump in to upcoming startup opportunities this Fall. Thank you, Cincinnati, for being so welcoming to a girl straight outta Cleveland.
This summer had so much success, but it didn’t come without its challenges. There were days when I thought no one would read my blog but my mom, times when people questioned my voice, even more times when people were very critical of what I was trying to accomplish. I appreciate every challenge because it made the journey more exciting. Every wrong turn downtown, aggressive amounts of money spent on parking, every single bothersome email I sent…it was all worth it. It was all worth it to be able to show readers what insights the wonderful creators of Cincinnati’s economy had to offer.
Now, having had such an amazing journey with The Summer of Kasey and Cincy Mentors, I am ready for the life of Kasey. I am ready to take on my opportunities and just about anything life throws at me. I am ready to live out my dream of being a growth hacking guru for a startup company. I am ready to continue writing, making connections and doing what it takes to be the best Kasey I can be. Look out, world! The Kasey sunshine is moving in.