It’s only my second day here at 97 Degrees West and I can already tell I’m in for a great experience—or at the very least, a vastly different one. Located in a repurposed house on the city’s west side, 97 Degrees West has the distinct honor of being the smallest agency I’ll visit on #TGAA. I know some might think ‘small’ is a bad word in this business, but I certainly don’t. I’m actually really excited to see how they’re able to produce such big work with such a small core team. After all, one of my goals with this project was to deliver a view of agencies from all walks of life; all shapes and sizes. Leave no stone unturned, as they say.
As for the fine folks who inhabit 97 Degrees West, they’re all pretty incredible. I’m not sure if it’s the home-like ambiance or the radiant sunshine beaming it’s way through my window, but things here just seem a bit happier. Every single person greeted me with a smile when I first arrived and they were more than eager to throw me right into the mix.
One really interesting tidbit of news out this agency is that there’s another Kent State University graduate here. Throughout my travels, I’ve meet people from my hometown, from Cleveland and from other participating agencies, but this is the first time I’ve met someone from my alma mater. I have a feeling it won’t be too long before we start delving into some entertaining stories about the Robin Hood Inn, 101 Bottles of Beer and the Rathskeller (those are all KSU references, for those wondering).
All in all, I’m excited to see what this month has in store for me. Perhaps this is perfect timing too. As I feel myself missing home more and more, it seems rather appropriate that I’ll be spending my days inside an actual home for the next month.