I know that this blog is supposed to be all about how I grew, but I want to add this little preface about the opposite. While in Germany, I lost about 28 pounds and have probably taken almost 5 inches off of my waistline. Okay, now that I’ve said that I can continue.
Professionally, I have a lot better of an idea about how workflows can be in development positions. It was my first time “behind-the-scenes” in the industry and I learned a lot from it. It gave me a better appreciation for the way that smaller businesses function and especially after the recent exposés in the gaming industry, working at a start-up is a lot more appealing. Thanks to one of my professors at Johnstown, I realized just how much of programming is about fundamentals rather than nuances. I mean that thanks to some of the good practices I learned in class, I was able to acquaint myself with the new systems, new languages, and new syntaxes that I was working with much faster than I would have. I would write about how I’ve grown personally, but I’d much rather keep that personal, but needless to say, I have a lot to think about.
The biggest thing that I’m taking away from this program is a slogan that I wish could be dissociated with a company with whom I don’t necessarily agree: “Just do it”. A lot of this program was me doing something just because there was nothing to stop me. This program is designed for and almost exclusively advertised for Pitt Business students, I’m a computer scientist studying in Johnstown who just wanted to do an internship and wanted to practice his German. I think that too much of life is wasted if you’re waiting for something to happen. I’ve decided that I’m just going to do what I enjoy because I can.