- To meet new and inspiring people
- To experience as many enriching and memorable adventures as possible
- To learn new skills, ranging from being a better programmer to being able to communicate in Chinese more successfully
After being in China for only three days, I realized that these goals were far too easy, for I have already succeeded in fulfilling them. First of all, my fellow interns already feel like a new family. Each one of them offers an amazing amount of talent and passion. The combination of our unique backgrounds contribute to our team’s ability to incorporate diverse perspectives into our vision for the company. Between our discussions, adventures, and laughter, I feel like I have learned so much from them. I cannot wait to meet the other interns and students in Chengdu next month!
Between wandering through the bustle of Shanghai at night to trying new foods, this internship has already contributed to the countless amazing memories of this summer. These experiences have forced me to practice my Chinese, and the full immersion of the language has definitely improved my ability to communicate with it. While I have mostly met my goals for this summer in such a short amount of time, I realize that these goals were too centered on myself.
Erica is an MIT student studying computer science. She is passionate about increasing interest in STEM fields through outreach programs and empowering women using education . She also loves to dance, run, and try new foods.