Internships, much like every other new experience, start off with the same kinds of hopes and intentions. You come in eager to meet new people, build cool products, and learn new tech. This summer was especially exciting: I would be working in a new place with electrical engineers on a hardware-related project. In all honesty, when I landed in Seattle sleep-deprived and lugging all of my suitcases, I couldn’t stop smiling.
Little did I know what would happen twelve weeks later.
If I’m not bringing my work home with me, what have I been doing for the past six weeks? To put it bluntly, a metric butt ton.
I spent my last night of junior year studying in Duffield, frantically cramming telecom notes into my head while my mom helped pack up my room, rather than hanging out with my friends or going to bed at a decent time. In all honesty, however, how I spent my last night was pretty representative of how I spent my entire year.
Saturday morning I was taking my last final as a junior and Monday morning I was going to New Employee Orientation to kick off my summer as an electrical engineering intern.
“The Earth is what we all have in common.”
— Wendell Berry
This blog is a prime example of how I tend to put too many obligations on my plate at once.
Electrical engineers know that they need to learn about analog devices and lab techniques if they want to pursue a career in circuitry. Computer scientists know that learning Python and Java will get you on any company’s payroll. But for entrepreneurs, wha't’s the process? There are so many stories of college dropouts becoming multi-millionaires with a single, life-changing idea, but very few that are relatable to the average 20-something.
In celebration of International Day of the Girl, Girls Who Code created the Sisterh>>d Campaign, a campaign I was able to assist with as part of the Sisterh>>d Advisory Council!
This is a generation of girls showing up for something bigger than themselves. Sisterh>>d is a digital visual album celebrating young women driving our most transformative movements — and calling on girls around the world to join them.
Want to listen to the melodious sound of my voice? Check out my latest episode on the #100daysofcode podcast by Marlon Avery!
As a fellow for @rewritingthecode, I was given the opportunity to write a blog post for the official RTC website! ✍🏻 I focused on the time leading up to the acceptance of my offer for an internship at Qualcomm, a story which I haven’t heard from many other people
Electrical & Computer Eng. Major @ Cornell
Electrical engineering intern @ Microsoft
President @ Beta Chi chapter of AΩE
TEDx speaker @ Monta Vista
Every day brings a new challenge (or challenges, most likely) to the table, and I'm not always equipped to face them. I never claim to know everything because I know that every room I step into, whether it's a kindergarten classroom or a boardroom, has new people with new skill sets and new experiences that I can learn from.
I hope that you can use this blog to feel as though your struggles are valid, to learn about different opportunities that you can take advantage of, and to live vicariously through a 20-year-old girl (although my friends will all tell you that I'm pretty lame).
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