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If you’ve been keeping an eye on all things video at Romega Digital, you’ll recognize Mary Saintfort! As her internship ends, we’re celebrating her big time. We asked Mary to write a few words about her time with us. So, take a peek and wish Mary good luck as she moves to a new adventure!
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My journey with Romega Digital has been one for the books. I’ve experienced a lot of firsts and had great exposure to different equipment and software.
But before I get ahead of myself, let me start at the beginning.
My name is Mary Saintfort, I’m 23 years old and I recently graduated from Shorter University with degrees in Communication and Music. A month or two before graduation, my school held a job fair for graduating seniors so that we could find a potential job or internship after graduation. It was here where I met Abbie Yerbey, one of the employees of Romega Digital. She explained to me that they were looking for an intern for the summer to kick off their video services for their growing company. I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to find something in my field that will not only enhance my knowledge of video but get a more in-depth understanding of editing for different clients and their needs.
My first day at Romega Digital was phenomenal because we were already diving into work. Our client, PaperPack Inc., wanted us to create videos about their company that talk about their history and set them apart from their competition. (Spoiler alert: Explaining the differences in mailer envelopes and boxes while a guy in a bunny costume dances in the background can really set you apart!)
Working at Romega Digital was one heck of a ride. I learned so much about the people here and the different jobs that make up this company. The team treated my role as intern differently than I expected. I wasn’t just the intern running to grab coffee for the office and do petty work; I was a part of this team. Working here, I’ve improved skills that 1) I didn’t quite have coming into the internship and 2) I refined with every project given to me.
Being with a group of people that enjoyed what they were doing made coming to work worthwhile. It’s fascinating to witness the amount of love and dedication each person has towards their clients. The love that the owner has for his company is shared by each worker here and it’s such a touching sight to see.
Not only have I learned about the workers here, but I learned about myself on a personal level. We were assigned to read a book called Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy, which is a book I honestly wouldn’t pick up and read. But, I enjoyed getting together with the team and listening to what they got from the book and what it meant to them on a personal level and professional standpoint.
In the book, the authors explain “drifting” happens when people lose passion and progress in aspects of their lives. They may feel stuck in their careers, lose motivation and feel that their responsibilities are just too much to enjoy their lives. Now, I can’t say I can relate to the examples they give. I’m not a CEO or a business owner (yet!). But, I can apply their concepts to my life. No matter where you are and who you are, we deserve to do what’s best for us mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
In school, my main focus was on Music and Communication was just a backup. The more I continued taking the classes, the more I felt like my heart was drifting away from the love I had when I started. There would be days that I would fall in love with music and there were days I was just trying to survive and fulfill the dreams that people back home wanted me to achieve. I drifted for some time in college until I found what I loved and enjoyed most: Communication. Then, I found Romega, which gave me the opportunity to work in a place to grow my passions!
My all-time favorite part of this internship was being able to go to New York City for the first time to film at Laracon VII! What internship can you think of treats you well, takes you out of state and then lets you travel by plane…? EXACTLY! This work trip had a lot of firsts: first time going to Hartsfield-Jackson, first time on an actual plane, the first time in the sky, the first time in New York, and the first time in Times Square. It was just a wonderful experience and I got to go with some pretty awesome people!
I thank God that this company and the people in this company came into my life. Because of this internship, I was able to enjoy the state of New York, hang with the fishes at the Tennessee Aquarium, and learn so much more about Rome and the people that inhabit it. A ton of knowledge was absorbed with my time here. But sadly, it has to come to an end. So here’s to an awesome company and great memories!