I felt like Dr. House as the other interns and I wrote on the glass walls of our office with erasable markers. It was like we were working toward something important, like how Dr. House and his team write possible diagnoses of their patients on the glass walls of their own office in order to work toward cures. However, instead of doing all that doctor-y stuff that Dr. House and his team do, the other interns and I here at Educatrium were thinking of ways to provide students with the best knowledge to tackle the college application process. However, we’re doing it the way many other college prep companies are not doing it. Fellow intern Alexis Dominique (Harvard University) said it best in today’s meeting: “Here at Educatrium, we teach students how to think, not what to think.”
This was my first official day on the job at Educatrium. Riding the metro to get to the office in my business casual attire made me feel purposeful. When I finally arrived at the office, I didn’t know what to expect. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous. I didn’t know what working at Educatrium meant. Quite honestly, I still don’t know what it fully means. However, if it means what I’ve experienced so far—being in the encapsulating city of Shanghai, feeling like Dr. House, and working toward something I genuinely care about—then I think it’s truly amazing and something everyone should be a part of if they get the chance.
Matthew is a student at Princeton University. He has a passion for improving education in America and in his home island of Guam. Outside of school and work, he enjoys hiking, surfing YouTube, and modeling.