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a farewell message from reed-only

Written by Reed Aren, Purdue Intern 
aka Reed-Only

As my internship and time in Austin comes to an end, I look back on the incredible experience this past year has brought me. From working at dwg. to the Austin food and everything in between, I can say this year has been one of the most memorable and impactful years of my life.

I am so grateful for all the opportunities I had during my time at dwg. I have learned so much about culture, innovation, design, and the profession as a whole. My time here has led me to be captivated with the future of sustainable design and how our designs affect their environments, both in the present and future. It’s great to see how they influence other designs to responsibly mold the future infrastructure of our planet. I will continue to take what I have learned from dwg. and grow from it. My experience as part of the dwg. family has been irreplaceable and I will miss it.

What can I say? I honestly don’t know how I’ll survive without breakfast tacos. I have been to most of the food hubs in the country and I can say that Austin easily has the best food. The perfect mix of healthy and BBQ/ Tex Mex will surely be missed. Although I’ll be moving back to a place with an abundance of deep dish pizza, nothing will beat a good ole’ breakfast taco. Because I’m really weird and like weird food, I would say my top two favorite restaurants are Picnik and True Food. Not the typical top two for most but again, I’m weird (then again who isn’t weird in Austin?)

One of my favorite parts of Austin is the abundance of green spaces. As a fitness and outdoors junky, I loved being downtown one minute, then hiking the greenbelt or kayaking the next. Growing up in Chicago, there weren’t many opportunities to spend time outside. The outdoor activities here were very enjoyable and will be missed. I also discovered what ended up being like Disneyland for adults. The Onnit Academy is every fitness junky’s dream gym. Getting to use tools like steel maces and clubs in my workouts was something I hadn’t seen before. I learned so much and will be taking a lot of the workouts back home with me.
As my time here comes to an end, I am so grateful for all the opportunities that I had both at dwg. and across Austin. I am very sad to leave but look forward to life’s next adventure. Until next time Austin…