Wow, it seems like a million years ago that I Interned at DeNA China (a mobile gaming company in Shanghai China). While I was studying abroad in Shanghai on one of our fantastic programs, I was fortunate enough to work as an intern at a fast growing mobile gaming company. I would love to share some of my experiences with you.
This was my last day in the office. I get a little nostalgic thinking about how every afternoon at 1pm, without fail, my whole team would walk to a nearby restaurant and eat a meal together like a family. I learnt most of my Chinese during lunch hour when my colleagues would teach me all the colloquial terms that they use in everyday life.
This is a picture of my office. I walked in every morning to all this hustle and bustle, and often left everyone still working when I clocked out.
I couldn’t believe I had my own desk and computer, I was given more responsibilities than I could imagine, and I felt like a part of the team. I even took some time to make my desk look a little more like my own by doodling my name on a post it and sticking it to my monitor.
This was probably one of may favourite features in the office. DeNA took up four floors in the building, and in the atrium of every floor there was either a pool table or a foosball table. Occasionally we would take a break as a team, and head out to the atrium to blow off some steam.
Before I came to Trinity, flying across the Atlantic to go to college was the most daunting undertaking I could ever fathom. In retrospect, I laugh at myself for being so afraid because I couldn’t have come to a more welcoming place than Trinity.
The International House (iHouse) soon became my favourite place on campus; not only did it provide a safe haven for me and other international students on campus, but it also helped integrate us into American life and culture. I love being a part of the iHouse! Almost every week we host an event where we take the opportunity to teach people about where we are from, share food with friends, and sometimes just get together to watch a movie.
These are some pictures from the iHouse “Discover the World” event that we hosted last fall. All the international students lined up on the Long Walk during homecoming, showed off our flags and shared a little bit about the food and culture of our home countries. Many people stopped and sampled dishes from Ethiopia, Peruvian delicacies, Congolese beverages, and the like.
So to all the international students out there I say, ‘leaving home may seem inconceivable to you right now, but know that there are people that are always happy to make you feel more at home.’
Trinity College_Day in a Wheelchair
I am in an Independent Study film class taught by my computer science advisor this year. It has been a fun experience, especially for someone like me who had no background in film at all. We have done a lot of creative work; both scripted and non scripted, but my favourite assignment has to be the documentary everyone in the class worked on for the “Day in a Wheelchair” event that was held right here on our campus.
In an effort to help the organizers of the event, we offered to follow all the participants around and capture footage of them around campus, as they struggled through the few hours they had to experience a day in the life of someone who is wheelchair bound. At the end of the day we interviewed the participants and discovered what they found difficult about their day; it was refreshing to finally hear some open dialogue about disability rights.
I love that Trinity students are going out of their way to do extraordinary things like this. People always have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than themselves as students are always raising awareness about pressing issues that need to be discussed in our daily lives. Everywhere I turn someone is doing something awesome, and I am happy I was able to play a small part.
Watch the film I made and by following this link, and you’ll get a small glimpse of the work Trinity students are doing on a daily basis.
I studied abroad in Shanghai for a semester during the fall of my junior year. I can’t believe how quickly those three and a half months flew by. It was like a dream: I practiced my Chinese every day and grew in leaps and bounds on a daily basis, I made tons of new friends from all walks of life, I acquired a new appreciation of something as simple as tea, and how it has so many healing properties.
A traditional tea ceremony in China looked something like this:
I remember my first time ever riding the subway, I had never been on one before, and it was surprisingly easy to navigate; I didn’t even get lost.
I always thought all dumplings looked like the ones you got from your local Chinese take-out restaurant. Imagine my surprise when I discovered these: These are the most delicious soup dumplings I ever had. They are dripping with perfectly seasoned soup that you can slowly sip out threw the straw. This is one of the best ways to eat a dumpling, I’m drooling right now thinking about all the traditional Chinese food I am missing out on.
I thought I wouldn’t have as much time to travel as I hoped, but I had so much travel time and was able to explore China in ways I never imagined possible. Manfredo (my really good friend) and I visited the Terracotta warriors, a sight so magnificent I couldn’t believe it had been buried away for so many years.
Now you can understand why I marveled at the site.
I’m back at Trinity now, and am forever grateful that they started the Shanghai program when they did. I fell in love with the city and can’t wait to return.
I am officially taking my favourite class at Trinity thus far. It is the most intriguing and intellectually stimulating class I have taken, and I absolutely love it. The best part is I stumbled upon it by pure happen stance; I needed an additional credit for the semester and had already fulfilled my other requirements, so I was just going through the course catalogue reading course descriptions to see if any of them tickled my fancy. The class is called “Formal Organisations 201″; we discuss human behaviour within any form of organisation, be it the government, a business,a family, or a school, and focus on trends, changes, reasons for evolution in behaviour, and so forth. It is a seminar style class, and we sit around a table, probably like the “Knights of the Round Table” did way back when (well, that’s what I like to equate it to), and everyone is given an opportunity to contribute their opinions on the discussion at hand.
We’ve only had a few weeks of classes and I have already learnt so much from this course, and can’t wait for what’s to come after Trinity days. professor Gunderson is a fantastic professor, and if anyone gets the chance to take a class with him, take it.
Oh how time flies. I still remember my first day on this beautiful campus; pre-season, August 31st 2010. Arriving in America for the first time, I marveled at how beautiful Trinity was, I couldn’t believe this place existed, and it was about to be a part of my life for the next four years. I’m sure many of you felt the same way on your first day, and I’m sure we won’t be the last to feel the magic of Trinity.
Starting this year, my final year, felt a little like the beginning of my first year at Trinity; lots of nerves, and a little nostalgia, but all for very different reasons. I decided however, that I would go out with a bang. I chose to live on the Long Walk this year, with seven of the most amazing roommates one could have. That way, if I saw someone I knew walking down the long walk, I could pop my head out and wave hello to them from my room, or just look out onto the Quad and people watch during the spring. Hopefully I’ll be waving hello to some of you, and exchanging pleasantries on the Long Walk. Like many of us do during our tenure here, you will find all the hidden gems Trinity has to offer, and you will unearth a little of the magic that makes this place my home.
Class of 2017, welcome to Trinity. I hope you make long lasting friendships as I did, and enjoy your four years here, because they will truly be some of the best years of your life.