An American in Berlin: Preface

My name is Ben Campbell and am currently double majoring in computer science and multi-media and digital culture with a potential minor in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Despite only being in my second year with the University, I’ve decided to study abroad with the International Internship Program centered in Berlin. I studied German in high school for roughly six years, so regardless of which program I entered I knew that I wanted to go to Germany. Because the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus no longer offers German courses, my German skills have diminished by an unfortunate amount, but they’re still more than sufficient to navigate. Thanks to this program, I’ll be interning with the company Xymatic where I’ll be working in web design. In doing this internship, I want to experience what it’s like to be working in computer science so that I can gauge whether or not it’s something that I want to continue with for the rest of my years with Pitt. Moving to another country after graduation isn’t out of the question for me so if Germany fits me well, I might just try to make the new business connections to good use.

Looking back at the instructions for this blogpost, I realize that I still need to introduce myself personally and my personality. I’m a very quiet person, usually most interested in finishing my work. Despite being quiet, I’ve been doing music performances for many years and am currently the lead bari sax and tenor sax player in Pitt Johnstown’s jazz and concert bands (respectively). In other ensembles, I’m also a bassoon player, a vibraphone player, and alto saxophone player. I’m very critical of myself and usually only want to hear how I could do something better. For example, I’m going to walk away from this blogpost saying that I started too many sentences with the word “despite”. The IIP Berlin orientation meeting showed us a graphic about the relation between a country and how they deliver feedback. I’ve included it below and you might notice that Germany is all the way on the left signifying that they give exclusively direct negative feedback. Because of that, I think that I’ll fit well; they’ll be giving me just the feedback that I’ll find most helpful.

In preparation for this program, I’ll be studying up on JavaScript as well as a couple of specified APIs so that I’m better equipped for the internship itself. In all honesty, the CS program at UPJ hasn’t covered web design that much so far, so I’ll be considerably behind unless I prepare beforehand. I think that it’s this willingness to put in the extra work that is going to allow me to succeed not only in my studies, but also in this field. By putting myself out there and challenging myself in ways that would normally be inadvisable, I’m testing my limits and learning at an accelerated rate. My name is Ben Campbell and I’m joining the IIP Berlin program to pave my way to success.

          In preparation for this program, I’ll be studying up on JavaScript as well as a couple of specified APIs so that I’m better equipped for the internship itself. In all honesty, the CS program at UPJ hasn’t covered web design that much so far, so I’ll be considerably behind unless I prepare beforehand. I think that it’s this willingness to put in the extra work that is going to allow me to succeed not only in my studies, but also in this field. By putting myself out there and challenging myself in ways that would normally be inadvisable, I’m testing my limits and learning at an accelerated rate. My name is Ben Campbell and I’m joining the IIP Berlin program to pave my way to success.