Being in the Skåne part of Sweden this summer because of an internship, I was lucky enough to witness one of Sweden’s biggest holidays: Midsummer. Midsummer takes place towards the end of June on the longest day of the year in which the sun can sometimes set around as late as eleven pm. The Friday before this day, to be exact June 21st for this year, is Midsummer’s Eve—a Friday full of festivals, dancing and food.
Each of the small surrounding towns holds a gathering in which children wear crowns made of flowers of all colors and dance around a pole decorated with leaves and prästkrages. Some ladies wear the traditional costume of a long skirt, button down shirt and vest with black leather shoes. Historically, the clothing defined whether a woman was a maiden or not.
With traditional Swedish Midsummer music playing in the background, booths are set up for people to play games or buy trinkets as couples dance in the center. Lots of cakes, pastries and muffins of chocolate, rhubarb, lingonberry or vanilla are served. But, the most popular one is a special Midsummer dessert made from strawberries which is simply superb for both the stomach and the eyes.
Families gather together on this day to eat and celebrate the summer, for in Sweden, where most of the year is composed of the dark long cold days of winter, a summery strawberry filled day is much needed. And at night when the day comes to an end, legend has that girls are to hand pick seven wildflowers and place them under their pillows. So when they sleep, they will dream of their future husbands.
It’s summertime, but the weather here in Seattle has me fooled some days! I’m four weeks into my internship at Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, WA, and even though there is, unforgivably, rain in June, I’m loving every moment of it.
I’m living in a really sweet apartment in the University District in Seattle (named for University of Washington). It puts me just outside of the city’s downtown, so there are plenty of awesome things to do! My entire building is filled with Microsoft interns, so it’s been neat hanging out with everyone after the work day is over.
The common area in my apartment… not too shabby!
The first view of where I’m living this summer… Fancy!
What it looks like today, nice and sunny!
Seattle is a ton of fun, with plenty of sites to see. Just in one day, I walked through downtown to the famous Pike’s Place market, walked along the Puget Sound, and visited the Space Needle. Tons of hiking, camping, rafting and rafting trips have been going on that I haven’t even gotten around to! As mentioned before though, it’s not quite the same as summer back down in So Cal. Rain, overcast weather, and no nice sandy beaches (that I’ve heard of… maybe I’ll find one one of these days). I’m making due, though! And hitting the beach will be first on my agenda come the end of my internship.
Me with my brother on top of the Space Needle!
And that’s just the stuff outside my internship, which is awesome in of itself. I’m working for the team that writes the program that detects and removes malware as a developer, and it’s been a blast. Because this program gets packaged in many Microsoft Security products, such as Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials, we have millions and millions of customers who depend on our program to keep their systems safe and usable. And because I’ve been exploring the field of security through both my research and the classes I’ve been taking, this is right up my alley! I could not be happier with my work.
Also, Microsoft has recruiters that work with individual campuses, and they keep in touch with interns throughout the summer. USC’s just recently held a USC-only bowling event for Microsoft employees, and so that was awesome catching up with friends that I normally see back in LA (and even meeting a few new ones)!
Well, that’s all I got for now. I’m sure there’s plenty of more fun to be had before the end of the summer (probably a little rain too), so see you next time. Soak up some rays for me!
Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a fantastic summer! Mine is off to a great start.
I spent the first two weeks of my summer in South Korea with my iPodia class. Cassandra, Steve, Vlad, Gavin, Zach, and Lyssa were also there! I had an unforgettable experience in South Korea. The city we were staying in was beautiful Daejeon- home of KAIST campus. It was wonderful to reconnect with the KAIST students who visited us back in February- and just as great to meet our other classmates from China, Israel, and Germany in person!
Here were some of the highlights from our stay:
-Visiting the Jeonju Traditional and Cultural Center, where we made Bibim-bop, an authentic Korean dish, learned about Korean theater and percussion, and even learned how to host a traditional tea party.
-Attending the USC Global Conference, where we saw a few familiar faces- Viterbi Dean Yortsos and USC President Max Nikias.
-Getting an up close look at a Hyundai production facility
-Going to the World IT Show
-And who could forget, presenting our final projects with our international teammates!
The trip was part of a class, so we did have a lot of work to do while we were there- but that didn’t stop of from having fun. Being in a new and unknown city for a couple of weeks was the perfect way for me to mentally transition into summer after such a busy semester. Plus, I made tons of great new friends!
When I got home from South Korea, I spent a few days having fun with some high school friends. Highlights of the week: Going to a live taping of “The Voice” (and if you’ve ever met me, you know I’m a diehard Maroon 5/Adam Levine fan) and going to an Angels vs. Cubs baseball game! If you were wondering, the Cubs won.
Since then, I’ve started my internship at Boeing. I love it so far! I’ve been given really great assignments and I’ve been able to draw on what I’ve learned in multiple classes back at USC- but I’ll save all of this for another blog!
In my true blogging style I am going to start off this post with the random picture of the day. I know it is Friday and Throwback Thursday was yesterday but this pictures comes to us straight out of 1998 or so when my Dad took us skiing. A belated Happy Fathers Day to him and all the fathers out there.
I can’t believe that my internship is almost half way over already. I am finishing up my 5th week of the 12 week program today. In my last blog post of the semester I wrapped up everything that had happened during Junior year and let you know that I was headed to the wonderful “Cream City”, “Beertown”, “The City of Festivals” ….. did none of those ring a bell? Well I am in the great little city of Milwaukee Wisconsin this summer, home of the typewriter, one of the best cities for independent filmmakers, and the 22nd largest city in America.
Now that you know a little bit about where I am this summer, let me explain to you how I got here. I finished my finals on March 14th and then flew back home to Boston to see my family for a few days. While at home I met with friends and caught up with my local dentist, doctor, and got my driver’s license renewed. All just in enough time to see my sister graduate from Worcester State College. Right after her graduation I left with my brother to make the road-trip out to Milwaukee.
Since there is a lot of travel in the internship I needed a car for the summer and because the trip to Milwaukee was a 16 hour drive, I decided to embark on it with my brother. The intention was to get to Milwaukee by Sunday March 19th in just enough time to get unpacked and start my internship on March 20th. The interesting things about road-trips is that they generally never go as expected. Our case was no different. Usually you hear about overheating cars, popped tires, or a broken air conditioner however when my brother and I crossed into Pennsylvania we ran into some deer problems quite literally. The damage to the car was two broken headlights, a dented hood, a passenger side door that could barely open and some shattered glass. We were all okay but could no longer drive at night due to the broken headlights. We rested for a night at a hotel but needed to get up early in the morning in order to make it to Milwaukee in time for my brother’s plane flight home. Thankfully our car’s motor was still in great shape and we had a one hour time difference on our side to make me breathe a bit easier. We ended up getting to Milwaukee just in time for my brother’s plane flight and I successfully made it to the first day of my internship with a crazy story to tell. (Update: our trusty car has since been fixed and is fairing quite well in Milwaukee)
My sister and I at her graduation. So proud of her!
Did I mention that we live right next to the “beach”? Actually Lake Michigan.
My desk at work, rocking the dual screen set up with a bunch of GE diagnostic monitoring equipment.
I have found that this shirt just about sums it up.
My internship at GE Healthcare thus far has been all that I have ever wanted and more. As I had said in my previous post I am interning as part of a Commercial Leadership Program. It is a specific sales and marketing internship within GE Healthcare. I know, right now you are thinking “I thought I was reading blogs of engineers.” Well you absolutely are. My major is Biomedical Engineering. For the past two summers I have had very technical internships that have put my engineering skills to work, however I have always had an interest in business, innovation, marketing, and entrepreneurship. I thought, what better way to gain exposure to these concepts outside of the classroom than to have an internship in them. I know I like healthcare and ultimately would like to work for a healthcare company but doing marketing and sales for a healthcare company opened up a whole new path for me.
Now as for what has me so happy with my internship thus far! My project this summer is great. I am working on the launch of an internal tool called Salesforce.com, some of you might have heard of this before. It is a complete Customer Relationship Management solution. Initially I was in charge of a portion of the program which deals with Install Base, what the product portfolio of a current account looks like (can either be company product or competitor product). This IB data can be used to help a sales specialist identity a strategy to break into, expand, or occupy a current account. After working on the project I was fascinated with how the launch was going to work and what makes for a successfully deployment. Therefore I took on some more tasks which included building macros in excel in order to easily manipulate data for salesforce.com upload, creating a communication plan for the deployment of salesforce.com to the field, coordinate training, and deliver training to the product sales specialists and marketing teams.
In addition to my project work, I have been having a blast getting involved with the intern program by taking a team leadership position as a Co-Editor of the CLPi Newsletter. We also are given a lot of opportunities to learn throughout the summer and have training modules set up by the full time CLPs such as:
Also we will have a Sales Simulation contest come the end of July and also a Colab Team Project in which we have to conduct a customer profile. I am happy to have all these opportunities to submerge myself in the sales and marketing side of healthcare. I am really liking everything I have been doing so far.
The interns in the program are pretty awesome as well. There are 16 of us in total, 2 of whom are remote. We all mostly live in the same apartment complex and get along great. We have been doing a lot of fun things outside of work so far like going to a Milwaukee Brewers game, attending the Milwaukee Domes for a horticulture experience, grabbing great food in the historic Third Ward, going to the beach, and golfing. We are planning on doing a lot of other great things as the summer goes on such as a pedal tavern, sky diving, going boating on Lake Michigan, and even planning a day trip down to Chicago. I am also a foodie at heart and two great things about Milwaukee is that there are a lot of awesome places to eat and almost every restaurant has a Fish Fry Friday menu as well as a Brunch menu on Sunday. I would highly recommend trying out some of the unique items on these hidden menus.
Jessica and I at the tailgate for the Brewers game.
The entrance to Miller Park. It cleared up nicely for the game.
Vicki, Carolyn, and myself out at dinner.
Myself and some of the main CLP interns this summer.
Along with all of these great things that we are doing I have some plans of my own during the summer. From July 3rd to the 6th, Taylor is going to come and visit. We are going to have a great time in Milwaukee and Chicago and might even get to attend some of Summerfest. We also purchased tickets to see the hilarious musical Book of Mormons in Chicago. Also at the end of July I will be going to Miami, OH in order to be a Peer Mentor for Phi Delta Theta. It will be a lot of fun to see unique perspectives from different chapters and help them to work through their questions and problems. Lastly I will be attending Lollapalooza, for the second time in a row, in Chicago from August 2nd to August 4th and plan on seeing a lot of my USC friends there.
Hats off to a great summer! Can’t wait to see what the rest has in store.
Now Playing: Wake Me Up by Avicii (Ft. Aloe Blacc) with Bearly Legal (the new album) by White Panda on deck.
I just looked at the calendar, and apprently I have been living in Dresden, Germany for the past 5 weeks. In April, I accepted an internship offer to work at GLOBALFOUNDRIES (formerly AMD), as a PFA (physical failure analysis) engineering intern. Given that the last two summers I worked internships at Qualcomm, I thought it would be fun to see the other side of things (GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a fab that makes wafers for Qualcomm and many of its other customers that go into their products), and I also thought it might be fun to spend three months in Europe:)
Love the architecture on the Alstadt (old part)!
Just being me! There is always time to be spontaneous and fabulous during an evening stroll before dinner
So far, I am incredibly satisfied with my experience. The first week was definitely demanding, as I had to take care of all the housekeeping details associated with my stay here. Namely, I had to register as an official resident of the city of Dresden at a central office, obtain a tax ID number from a tax office, set up a bank account, and move into my apartment. The Monday I was supposed to start work was actually a German holiday, and therefore the “housemaster” at my dorm was not available to give me the keys until Tuesday (and move ins can only happen on weekdays). So I actually spent my first three days in Germany in Radebeul, a nearby town, at the Radisson Hotel. Luckily, my now-friend Danielle, who also works for the company, reached out to me earlier in the process and offered her help in getting me set up. It was amazing having her! Not only was it awesome of her to drive me to all these offices and speak in German to get things done more quickly, but she also picked me up from the aiport, helped me move in, and welcomed me into her home to meet her family. Her son Aaron is adorable, and I have so much fun playing with him. Danielle’s house is really close to the hotel, so it was nice to hang out with her and her family that first weekend. She is a fantastic friend, and we are actually going to Prague together in July! More on that in my next blog.
Aaron and his grandpa playing in their garden!
family bbq with danielle! her pseudo in laws are the best!
As far the actual work I’m doing goes, I have been put in charge of a 5 million dollar CMP machine designed by the Fraunhofer Institute specifically for GLOBALFOUNDRIES. It was just brought out of storage, and I am doing experiments with it, and testing its functionality for three specific physical failure analysis purposes: front side polishing of wafers, backside polishing of wafers, and opening packages. In the large PFA process flow, these would be initial steps to be completed before the wafer samples can be analyzed under light or SEM microscopes, more advanced lasers etc. to examine for defects, such as leakage currents or other issues. My mentors and managers have been really helpful in answering my questions about the larger business behind what we do, and helping me see steps in the PFA process that I am not directly involved in through my work. They have also been teaching me how to do analysis on various metal and oxide layers using the SEM and Obersch laser systems. So on the working front, I am definitely having a good time and feeling intellectually stimulated. I’ve known for quite some time that within EE, semiconductors are my calling. If/when I succeed as a professional electrical engineer or patent attorney, I just want my business cards to say “Semiconductor Queen.” I know, I am getting a little bit ahead of myself. What else is new?
Other than work, I have been having a lot of fun with friends, screenwriting in preparation for the upcoming semester (I am in 4 screenwriting classes, and need to get prepared!), watching a lot of TV (required viewing for one of my screenwriting classes. excited to start arrested development soon!), and gearing up for LSAT round 2. I took the test last October, but I took it a little too slowly:) So I renewed my online course, and plan to attack the test with even more success this time around. It’s been a little hard to make time for my class with everything else going on, but now that sensory overload has toned down a bit, I can finally focus on studying again. It migh be a little bit important:)
My roommate Johannes! Before we went out to the Brn festival
BRN festival craziness! Literally thousands of people in the streets. We found this more low key spot by one of the stages, off of the main street
Aside from Danielle, my best friends here are definitely two of my roommates, Jens and Johannes. The apartment we share is so adorable, and they are two of the cleanest boys I have ever lived with (in an apartment of six that shares a kitchen, we are on one side of the kitchen, with another three rooms on the other side)! They both do their dishes, and ocassionally bleach our tub! Johannes has an affinity for soft toilet paper, and always buys the best kind! TMI? The point is I love them both. They have both been so nice about adopting me into their respective friends circles (both are students at TU Dresden) and letting me go out with them on weekends to various clubs and social gatherings. This past weekend was the Bunte Republik Neustadt festival, which you can read about on wiki. I had a blast! Additionally, my homegirl Sara from USC has been studying abroad in Dresden all semester! It has been so much fun having her here as well, and we like to go on adventures together, have dinner, or get a workout in. When Makana gets to Germany, we are also doing a trip to Berlin together! You have to love the Trojan family:) Game running strong, even in Europe.
Sara and I went to an “American” Sports Bar for dinner one night. It was pretty good. But they serve mayo with fries!
A game of pool before watching the champions league final (go Bayern Munich!). Hernan and Jan are friends of my roommates Jens. They are the best! Well except at pool:P
Howdy! Summer is already well underway but it still feels like it’s just starting. Upon finishing my last final, I left the same day for a long plane ride back to Dallas and began preparing for my two interviews the following day. Shortly after boarding, however, the flight attendant came on over the intercom to let us know that DFW airport in Dallas was on lockdown due to multiple tornadoes touching down and that we would be stuck in the terminal for at least two hours. Well, I tried to get a little bit of shut-eye on the plane after checking on my parents and finally made it back home around 4:30am.
Promptly 5 and a half hours later, I sat in the first of my two interviews in the CEO’s office of Fluid Consulting, an IT consulting firm, discussing how we can design a mutually beneficial internship. A common problem when looking for an internship right after freshman year is finding a position where you can really help a company with a limited skill set (comparative to Juniors and Seniors of course) while still getting an experience that will help you decide where you want to be. What I found this year was that the best way to get around the limitation is to bring it up and show that I was dedicated to being just as much of an asset as the internship would be to me!
After that first interview, I headed off straight to my second one before crashing for a nice long nap to start off the summer! Just a few days later, I headed off with my mom, dad, and brother for Zurich, Switzerland for ten days of exploring the Bavarian cities and countryside. The trip was incredible:
We toured the new Mecedes-Benz museum
Jay Gatsby anyone?
Spent the night in a castle
Not quite Hogwarts, but still really cool!
Spent an evening in Hofbräuhaus
An authentic Bavarian biergarten
And saw the winter Olympic park from 1936 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Those slopes are steep!
After Germany, I began work at Fluid Consulting, and it’s been a roller coaster. My work has ranged all over the business. I’ve helped write quotes and handle the financial side of the business, taking logistics from first contact with a client all the way to ensuring the payment is handled and the relationship is established for future contracts with the client. On the other hand, I’ve written codes for automatically gathering information from internal servers for data analysis and I’ve gone out to client sites to help set up workstations and fix printers and even wall sockets. All in all, in just the short time that I’ve already worked this summer, I’ve been able to see a wide range of the IT consulting field and am beginning to find what it is that I like and don’t.
When I was applying for internships, it was tough going as a freshman and to make me feel better, I was often told that a freshman year internship is more about making a little bit of money but isn’t too helpful career-wise. While I agree that it isn’t absolutely necessary and summer school or other projects can serve a similar purpose, I think that every internship you can find will be just as helpful as a class! I’ve learned so much and gotten to see how computer science/engineering and business mix in the real world and I believe that the experience has and will continue to help me find my focus in school and beyond.
Hey everyone! It’s been a long time since my last blog, but I’m excited to let you know how my summer has been going!!
In the past 3 weeks, I have been in 2 countries, 4 major cities, and have taken 6 flights. It’s been a crazy 3 weeks for sure, but so. much. fun.
I got back from Korea at the end of May; I was there for 2 weeks with the rest of the iPodia class. We were in this class with students from Germany, Israel, Korea and PKU. Some of the highlights:
Staying overnight in a temple
Visiting the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea
Attending the World IT Fair, and
Most importantly making great connections and friendships among international students!
Eating authentic KBBQ!!
At a palace in Seoul with Kat!
Hanging out with a Korean guard in the DMZ.
Dinnertime at the temple.
We did 108 bows at 4:30am with this monk.
Our international team – from Germany and Israel!
I then transitioned myself to Midland, MI for my internship in Information Systems with The Dow Chemical Company! After being in LA for 3 years, being in such a small town was a bit of a shock, but I’m learning to enjoy it!
Midland is gorgeous.
I’m working on a huge Joint Venture between Dow and a Saudia Arabian oil company called Saudi Aramco. This JV has been in the works for the past 5 years, and requires a lot of preparation, especially for the Information System. I am doing project management to ensure all of the metrics are up to date, all the deliverables are on time, and there is accurate reporting. It’s been a blast so far, my manager is so awesome, and I love the people I work with!
The majority of the employees on my team works in Houston. Therefore, I flew out to Houston with my manager for the first week to meet the rest of the team and attend meetings. It was such a fast paced environment, and I loved every second of it!
With the Dow Corporate Shuttle
There are over 100 interns at this location and we get together often for social events, and there is an I/S employee who was an intern once himself and enjoys planning events for us. We took the Dow shuttle (read: plane) to the Philadelphia office, met the other I/S interns at that location, had a tour of the data center, and had a little bit of free time to explore the Philly area. We checked out Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, which was right across the street from the Philly Dow office.
Midland Information Systems Interns take on Philly!
Independence Hall provides a pretty nice backdrop, I have to say.
Last weekend, I journeyed to Chicago for my brother’s graduation from The University of Chicago! We also got to check out The Bean, had Chicago deep dish pizza, and helped my brother move into his new apartment. That was so much fun, I love Chicago more and more every time I visit!
Gabara’s posing in front of The Bean
The University of Chicago loves its towers.
#Barge #ChicagoRiver #Barge
Well, those are the main highlights since I took my last final! I’ll be sure to update you later in the summer so you can see how my internship pans out!
This summer, I headed to UC Davis to intern at a Nephrology lab, which focuses primarily on renal cancer. So far, I can’t really say I’ve done a lot. I’m still getting accustomed to the lab, and most of my time is taken up following a post-doc around the lab as she does various assays, cell cultures, and western blots. I stand next to her, absorbing her work and furiously taking notes so that I’ll be able to replicate the protocols in the future.
So far, the hardest part has been finding fun stuff to do at Davis. Beyond taking the bus and trips to Safeway, I have had limited interaction with the locals, as Davis students were taking finals when I arrived and have pretty much all left now. I’m living with my friend, a Ph.D. student, and her roommates, which is an interesting experience. They have pet chickens and an extremely annoying rooster that cock-a-doodle-doos at the crack of dawn every day. But I’ve found some interesting things to do on and around campus that I think will keep me occupied in my free time over the summer, like biking, (which is huge at Davis) watching movies, shopping (there’s a ridiculously large Forever 21 adjacent to campus), and reading books.
My roommates’ chickens!!
It’s interesting getting accustomed to a college campus aside from USC. Although I’ve only been here a week and a half, I find myself really enjoying the atmosphere. The lab provides a new and exciting experience, but everyone is very relaxed and passionate about his or her research. I listened, in awe, to a post doc who described her favorite protein to me, p21, because her belief in its enormous role in the potential cure for cancer inspired her to join this particular lab. I’m definitely looking forward to the next six weeks that I will spend here.
While the move from rainy Portland, Oregon to sunny Los Angeles, California for school was startling, the move back for the summer has probably been even more of an adjustment. It’s been pretty dreary weather since I got back to the City of Roses (or City of Bridges if you prefer) and I’m definitely missing my LA sunshine!
On the bright side, I’ve been staying really busy and keeping myself distracted. Four days after arriving home, I started my summer internship in a biomedical engineering research lab at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and so far, I love it. A little background: I’ve been doing research all year at USC with Dr. Paul Newton of the Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering department on modeling cell movement through the Viterbi Merit Research program. You can read an interesting summary of some of Dr. Newton’s research here.
Although Dr. Newton is in the AME Department at USC, he works really closely with a team of biomedical engineers and cell biologists at OHSU. When he found out that I was going back to Portland for the summer, Dr. Newton offered to introduce me to his colleague at OHSU. I was really excited about the prospect of continuing my cell modeling research over the summer, and when I was offered a position as a summer intern in a biomedical engineering lab at OHSU, I accepted it immediately.
The gorgeous building I work in – right on the South Waterfront in Portland.
The view from the Portland Aerial Tram, which takes you over the freeway from my building up to the hospitals and other OHSU buildings.
Although almost everyone else on my team at OHSU does cell biology experiments in the “wet lab,” my mentor and I focus on imaging and modeling cells through various methods – mostly MATLAB and CellProfiler. This summer I’ve already learned how to use a microscope to image slides of cells, and how to use these various modeling methods to obtain physical data about the cells at different time points, such as the aspect ratio. After three weeks of hard work modeling cells, I found out a few days ago that some of the data I obtained will be used in a research paper and I will be listed as a co-author on my first-ever publication! I’ll make sure to post a link to the article when it comes out.
Ready for my first day of work!
After learning and accomplishing so much in the first couple of weeks at work, I really can’t wait to see where the rest of the summer takes me! Next week I leave for a vacation to Hawaii with my best friend’s awesome family. Needless to say, I’m really exited. Two weeks of relaxing on the beach, swimming, hiking, snorkeling, zip-lining, and enjoying the sunshine I miss so much? Sounds like the perfect break – I can’t wait.
Last summer, I was very upset that I did not get an internship. Therefore, I started working hard since last September at applying to lots of different internships. I looked into the petroleum industry, commodity chemicals industry, utility companies, research laboratories, and even the aerospace industry. I can’t even keep track of how many internships I applied to. It seemed like it stressed me out more than anything else this past year. Unfortunately, I kept getting rejected from companies, until I got contacted by the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation and Schlumberger.
If you read my last blog post, I discuss both of these opportunities. However, a couple weeks went by after interviewing with them, and they eventually let me know that I was not offered the position. Schlumberger had a FIELD camp that I thought was going to be a week-long interview for a summer internship. However, I was mistaken and upon getting there, I realized that it was actually a week-long interview for a full-time position. During the week, we learned about the different segments within their company and got to go see an operating oil rig. I had a great week, even with the confusion, and learning about what life as a Field Engineer would be like sounds very appealing to me. I found their Hydraulic Fracturing segment to appeal to me more than any other segment. It was really fun learning about the company and meeting other students from all over the country. I will know in the near future whether I have a full-time offer from them, which could be amazing!
Now that I have taken the time to give an update since my last blog post, it makes more sense to explain that I do not have an internship this summer. For some reason, I just never got an offer, even with all the companies I applied to. Because I did not want to sit around all summer doing nothing, I figured it was better to get some kind of job. I am working at 21 Choices, which is a frozen yogurt shop right across the street from the university. I did not expect to end up where I did, but the job I have is pretty cool. It’s a good summer job, and it is fun meeting tons of people who come through the store. On top of that, I am also working with the marching band again this summer, because I am section leader, and I need to work on recruiting trombones to the section for the coming year. I am really looking forward to a great fall season for the football team and for the band.
Outside of my work, I am starting to prepare for the GRE exam. I would like to continue my studies in graduate school, and the GRE is essentially the SAT for grad school. I am still seriously considering Schlumberger, if I receive an offer. Otherwise, I am planning on going onto to graduate school. The test seems pretty difficult, so I want to get started studying to give myself the best chance of a high score.
Other than everything else that has happened within the last month, I have had an opportunity to see my family and have some fun. At the end of May, I went home to see my sister graduate from high school. It was great to see her move on to the next step in her life. She will be starting at the University of Michigan in the fall, pursuing a double major in music and astronomy. I am very excited for her, and I know she has a bright future ahead of her. After the graduation ceremony, my family traveled out to Point Reyes National Seashore. This trip has become sort of a tradition for the family. All of us find this place one of the most beautiful locations in the world. I could go on and on about my trip, but I figured the best way to show you how amazing it was is to show you some incredible pictures I took.
Last, but not least, I spent this past week volunteering at the Electronics Entertainment Expo! This event, more commonly known as E3, is an event where companies in the video game industry come and show off their newest products that are going to be released in the coming year. I am a total nerd, and I love video games as much as the next nerd, so getting to do this was incredible. The event is closed off to the public, so getting to volunteer was a great way to get into the event. I got to see and play the PS4, as well the XBox One. I also got to see a lot of game footage from the game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, which is now probably the game I am most excited for. It was so much to be able to go.
This summer has definitely not turned out to be what I was expecting it to be. I was hoping to have an amazing internship somewhere. However, I am trying to roll with the punches, and I have enjoyed my unexpected summer so far. Here’s to hoping it only gets better.