My story…

By , July 19, 2010
Jeff Bachiochi

Hello eveyone! My name is Jeff and I’m the new intern here at Great Coasters. I’m real excited to take over this blog, so get ready for some heart-stopping action as I narrate the dramatic tales of a college intern trying to conquer and build the legendary Millennium Flyer trains…

I’ve got a lot to talk about, but I’ll start with an introduction. Our tale begins twenty one years ago in a small town in north-central Connecticut where I was born and raised. Eleven years later, a young Jeff dropped his jaw at the site of the most beautiful ride he’d ever seen, the Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England. But, I’m getting ahead of myself a little. Growing up, my parents used to take me to the former Riverside Amusement Park (now known as SFNE). At 47″, I was heartbroken to learn that I was too short to ride the Thunderbolt, and the next year I returned to finally conquer it. It was then that I realized that roller coasters were really cool. Over time, the park grew and added new rides like the Mind Eraser (which at the time I thought was really cool, but hey things change). In 2000, the newly named Six Flags New England added its masterpiece, and fell in love with what became the #1 steel coaster on the planet.

For years after Superman was built, my family and I would get Six Flags season passes (because they are such a good deal) and head down the park a couple times a year. I’ll never forget all the warm summer nights at the park, riding Superman over and over again. I just couldn’t get enough of that ride. When I was in high school, I started to explore other parks that were in the area, and by the time I was in college I was a full on coaster freak.

I’m now a student at Northeastern University in Boston studying civil engineering. What’s funny is the reason I chose civil engineering had nothing to do with roller coasters. I just really liked civil. It wasn’t until freshman year that I realized that civil engineers build roller coasters. It really got me thinking, and what started as “wow, that would be really cool”, slowly became “I absolutely need to do that”. So I started getting serious and sending emails and resumes to potential companies, but in the back of my mind I really didn’t think it would work. So in the meantime, I started travelling around the country going to new parks and riding new rides, increasing my knowledge of the industry while having a blast at the same time.

In the fall of ’09 I had my first break. I was browsing the internet when I ran into THIS website, and saw that Evan was a former intern who also went to Northeastern. I contacted him immediately and Evan told me all his stories of how he got an internship and eventually a job with GCII. I was thrilled, motivated, and desperate to do what ever it took to get there too. And by shear luck, it wasn’t long until Great Coasters needed another intern. Under Evan’s guidance, I followed all necessary steps to apply for the job, and lucky enough, a few months later here I am, blogging about the coolest job I’ve ever had.

So get ready everyone. For the next 6 months, prepare to be engulfed in all the adventurous stories that summarize the experience of a GCII intern. There will be stories of love, hatred, envy, lust, greed, and passsion…or something like that. Stay tuned!


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