Balance

This past week has been another memorable one in Berlin. Now that I have officially finished my first week of work I feel much more settled in. It has finally started to feel less like I’m visiting and more like I’m actually living here. Commuting having my own space to come back to makes me feel like I’m actually living like a Berliner.

This week at work was pretty busy and exciting for me. As a marketing intern, I am able to learn many new programs such as Google AdWords, Facebook Ads, Hubspot, Trello, and other software. These are great programs that I can put on my resume. One of the things that I wanted to get the most out of this program was actual technical skills. Just within a week I have been able to attain a Google Digital Marketing Certificate. My company is an HR company and tries to create ways to bring together communities. On Tuesday we hosted an event where two speakers came in and gave a talk about Company Values and Culture. This was really insightful and talked about how different companies give and receive feedback and how to best solve problems in ways that they align with the companies values. They talked about how their respective companies uphold their values through times of change. Thursday was another exciting day because I got to go on a field trip for the day. My company offers a service where they take videos and pictures of companies for the day and edits them to create an impression video, so I went along and assisted with this. It was great to see another company and experience a different part of the city. The company we visited was a medium size company, which is a huge difference compared to the 6 person company I work at. Friday was a fairly relaxed day at work and I was able to catch up and really focus on my marketing campaigns and sit down with my supervisor to better establish a plan.

Over the weekend we did a lot of sightseeing in and outside of Berlin. On Saturday we went to Potsdam, which was beautiful. Getting there was an adventure though. We realized we got on the train wrong train after riding it for 30 minutes therefore turning a 20 minute transit ride into an hour long one. Once we got to Potsdam it was amazing and we visited a castle built by Frederick the Great. It had a huge expansive garden and many other villas on the property. On Saturday we visited the Berliner Dom and went all the way to the top and explored the area around it. It provided amazing views of Berlin and amazing architecture and design.

Overall time management has been fairly easy. It can be exhausting working full time living in such an amazing place. Every night I want to go and explore another area of the city, but we don’t get out until 6pm and have to go to bed at a reasonable enough hour to get up and be at work by 9 the next day. So far I have just been winging it and getting used to the schedule, but as time goes on I’m going to start scheduling places to go right after work so that I can pack in the time. This will be especially important as I start traveling on the weekends most of my free time will be weekday nights. What I do like about doing an abroad internship as opposed to courses is that at the end of the day when I go home I can actually enjoy my time and don’t have to worry about doing any extra work. With classes I would have to study and worry about continuing, but now if I don’t finish something at work I can just pick up and do it the next day. The good thing about working for a small company is that I never get bored because there is always something to do, but they also give me a lot of space to do work on my own time and they don’t try to micromanage me either.

So far my experience here has been exhausting, exciting, stressful, and amazing all at the same time. I only love it more and more each day. The city has everything to offer for someone my age and I will never have enough time to explore it all, but I will do a little more everyday.

Until next time,

Abby