“The reality is that over half of you in this room will leave this competition here today and continue to text and drive.”
I love taking walks in Boise in the spring. On a trail in the foothills or on a sidewalk in a neighborhood, I can’t help but notice everywhere nature’s relentless desire to grow. One Stone experiences this same phenomenon everyday, year round. We encourage the desire to grow in creativity, knowledge, mindset, skills, and self-expression.
By Elise Malterre
I see so many people waiting to get out of high school to get into the ‘real’ world. I don't want to waste three years of my life, just waiting to graduate. Why can't I be in the ‘real’ world right now?
I came to One Stone and Two Birds to be in that real world. At 16, I am the managing director of Two Birds, responsible for running the leadership team and overseeing all aspects of the business. I lead meetings about internal business struggles like the retention of our student staff, dealing with client relations, writing proposals, drafting invoices, and sending the incredibly awkward emails when clients don't pay us on time.
Those things, especially the awkward emails, those are real world.
Despite my uncertainty at times, Two Birds has trusted me with the responsibility to run a business and has given me the support to do so. When there are deadlines and I am spending late nights working on a design or website while juggling school full time, I am reminded of the opportunity that I have as a student at One Stone, and as a member of Two Birds. When I step back, I see the gift of this experience to gain skill and confidence that is so valuable for my future.
Eleven months ago, I walked into Two Birds for the first time without ever doing design or business before. Within the week, I had designed and presented four logos and had sat in on a client meeting, and that was just the first week! The opportunity that I got, and that Two Birds gives every student, is real.
When I was a teacher, I found the month of January to be one of the most challenging times of year to teach. Maybe it’s because students have been on vacation for 2 weeks, the days are short and dark, the newness of the school year has worn off, the light at the end of the tunnel (June) is barely visible, or all of the above. Whatever the reason, it always seemed that the last thought on any student’s mind was school. I found it refreshing, although not too surprising, to learn that at One Stone, we do January differently.