By , April 5, 2013
Nathan Rubin

It’s hard to believe that I’ve spent just over two and a half months here with Great Coasters. It feels like just yesterday that I drove up to Cincinnati from Austin.  Although I will be leaving sometime in the next few months to return to my studies, I am excited to make the best of the time I have left here.

The number one thing that I did not anticipate coming into this internship was the volume of work required to design a ride, even as small as White Lightning. Working in an office with only four other people, many of whom are working on multiple projects at once, means that the time spent on each project must be well allocated. Focus is key to success – and I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve had a few days where I have lost focus on occasion. This profession does require long hours and sometimes tedious work. There are some tasks that one might even consider boring or frustrating. However, I have truly loved every minute of it, and never at any point reconsidered the fact that this is what I want to do. My biggest takeaway, at least at this point in the internship, is that you absolutely have to be passionate about working in this industry to be truly successful.

I am looking forward to the next few months, as I am so excited to learn even more about this industry and see at least the very beginnings of some new, amazing attractions coming up the pipeline. The people in the Kentucky office have truly been like family to me, and I will miss each and every one when I head back to Austin. However, the lessons that I learned and the work which I have done will stick with me throughout the rest of my career. I hope to share this knowledge with other people as I work on starting the Texas Theme Park Engineering Group down at UT Austin. I encourage each of you to continue looking for some new blog posts and GCII Facebook posts, as I plan on sharing some awesome photos with y’all from the upcoming months!

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