- Sitting on a bike is where Tessa Otto finds her freedom.
"Riding on a Harley is unlike any feeling you're ever going to have," said Tessa as she stood beside her 2018 Street Glide Special.
"This is probably the coolest thing I'll ever do in my life. I'm peaking now at 20," said Tessa with a laugh.
That may be true, but there's a reason this Price County native is riding a Harley.
Tessa, who's a graduate of Phillips High School, was chosen as one of eight Harley-Davidson summer interns. The "Find Your Freedom" internship aims to inspire new riders and is a push by the Milwaukee-based company to grow the sport.
More than 7,500 people applied from more than 30 countries including South Africa, Russia, and Egypt.
Tessa, who's going to be a senior at UW-Oshkosh, and the other interns
who come from all over the world will share their adventures on social media.
Tessa's dad, Greg, never imagined his daughter would be representing a company he knows all too well.
"He bought his in '95 and I was born in '97 so all throughout my life that's what he drove," said Tessa.
"I started out just little short rides around our rural area with them sitting in between my legs," said Greg.
Tessa says growing up in the small town of Kennan, which has a population of about 130, helped her find her freedom. She also loves being a part of something her dad is so passionate about.
"Everyone wants to be like their dad. Everyone wants to make their dad proud," said Tessa.
Now, riding alongside her dad, Tessa's finding an even deeper meaning to freedom. She's hoping to help others through the Harley-Davidson internship find there's.
"[I want to] kind of getting in touch with people who don't necessarily know what their freedom is or don't have a good grasp on life. [I want to do] whatever I can do to kind of inspire them a little bit," said Tessa.
Tessa and the other interns went through Harley's riding academy before getting their bikes. At the end of the internship, they actually get to keep them.
You can follow Tessa on her Instagram page
. She and the other interns will be sharing more about their experiences this summer.