That’s all for now

By , January 10, 2011
Jeff Bachiochi

So this is my farewell post from the Great Coasters Intern site. I actually finished my internship a few weeks ago, but I decided to use the holiday break to collect my thoughts for one final good bye. I’m writing this post from my apartment in Boston. Tomorrow I start class for the spring semester here at Northeastern, but before another chapter begins, I need to close the door on one of the most unique 6 months of my life.

Summer seems like yesterday. I remember my first week in Sunbury being very intimidating. Being in the shop was like being in another country, and not knowing the slightest thing about ratchets was the least of my concerns. Millennium Flyers are complicated machines, and in July of 2010 I would have struggled to put together a mouse trap. I’m a civil engineering major with 10 months of cubical experience. I can’t change my own oil. Trust me when I say that I never thought I could handle this job.

But I learned. I realized that no matter how unequipped I was to build trains, there really wasn’t much I could do about it besides pay close attention to everything the experienced guys did. Everyone has to start at the bottom, and that’s what I did. After a few months, I start to pick up on most of the terminology and technique. By December I was speaking fluent ‘flyer’. I can’t remember what day it was exactly, but at some point it finally hit me that I actually knew what I was doing. And what a great feeling it was.

Today I look back at my internship as a pretty phenomenal experience. Millennium Flyer trains are the premier rolling stock of this industry, and I got to spend 6 months putting them together and learning how they work! If that was all I got out of this, I would have been perfectly satisfied. But it wasn’t. Like anything great in life, it was even better than I expected. Along the way, I made some great friends; the kind of friends you tell stories about, share inside jokes with, and travel 7 hours to visit. And I certainly will.

For those of you who want to be a GCII intern, my best advice to you is 1) go to IAAPA, and most importantly 2) to NEVER stop trying. I promise you it is well worth the effort.

Thanks for reading my blog everyone. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. My time here is done, but I leave you with a good friend of mine, our newest intern Adam!

Take care,

Jeff “the Skintern” Bachiochi

One Response to “That’s all for now”

  1. Anya says:

    Nice encouraging words. I never would have guessed how out of place you felt at first after meeting you, you were very adapted and blended in to the GCI world, least from an outside perspective.

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