Interestingly, the most challenging part of my internship would later prove the most rewarding. Nearly 1,000 miles away from my family and friends at home, Tampa forced me to momentarily start anew. As a “lone Royal” in unfamiliar territory, I made it my mission to show the Bay Area Thomas McGinley in all of his true colors – hopefully, not blushing too much along the way. As I had no roommates to rely on for easy conversation or extracurricular activities, I was left to bring my dynamism to the workplace. What started off as “coffee talk” within my own department soon morphed into intimate personal connections with interns and co-workers alike, throughout the company. Before long, my unofficial label of “indispensable summer help” switched to “peer” – someone worth listening to in regard to original thought. While my time at IRONMAN was short, I feel as though the various relationships forged between its walls will serve me well in my future of sports marketing. Today, it is safe to say that my entrusted colleagues were successful in imbuing me with the spirit that “anything is possible” before my time with them drew to a close. Hopefully, my newly adopted mantra will serve me well in my next challenge, wherever and whenever it may be.