I didn’t realize that two weeks have already passed since my internship and today is the due date of this post. I’m now writing this post on the plane to Chengdu from Shanghai. But seating on the plane and waiting for take-off for 1hr30min already, we were just told that the plane is unable to take-off due to the rain, which just started and needed to go back to the starting position for fueling purpose. Not just that, seriously, I seem super unlucky these two days. After my eight-day trip in Spain with my mother, which was super fun and excited. I flew back to Berlin on the 24th by myself and ready to check in for the same day flight to Chengdu with one transfer in Amsterdam. However, 2 hours before the departing time, I was told that our flight to Amsterdam will delay for 2 hours, which means I will be unable to catch my flight back to Chengdu. So they want to rebook me with Turkish airlines and then Sichuan airlines but with no guarantee for anything. This is definitely a no. Who knows what will happen later? Finally, a lady rebooked me a flight with KLM still but one more transfer to Shanghai. If you think that’s the end of the story. Sorry, there is more to come. After checking in and seating near the boarding gate for twenty minutes, I was told that my flight was delayed then cancelled. Running back to the check in counter, a staff rebooked me with Air France flying on the July. 25th, with two transfers in Paris and Shanghai. However, he discriminating me from the other two people as he booked the same flight flying on the 26th as our originally scheduled one but he was unwilling to change it for me when there were still seats left. I still don’t understand why and for sure I called KLM customer contact service regarding this issue. I also told my story to at least 10 people due to my seat issues. I was running with my little suitcase the entire time to catch all my connecting fights especially the flight flying from Paris to Shanghai was 50min late. It was a long story, but I wrote it in short. Have ran into several issues with transportation this summer, I was only a little frustrating this time but everything solved at the end. Learned from the past experiences (like the flight cancellation issue in Munich to Berlin), I knew what should come first and then all the other. In other words, things should go step by step and I should be calm whatever comes. I was running with my little suitcase the entire time to catch all my connecting fights especially the flight flying from Paris to Shanghai was 50min late. It was a long story, but I wrote it in short. Have ran into several issues with transportation this summer, I was only a little frustrating this time but everything solved at the end. Learned from the past experiences (like the flight cancellation issue in Munich to Berlin), I knew what should come first and then all the other. In other words, things should go step by step and I should be calm whatever comes.
Overall, this internship experience is fun and somewhat relaxing to me. I did learn a lot in all aspects, including specific professional and communication skills. This is also a good opportunity for me to explore a completely different culture with zero proficiency in the language. Mentioned several times in previous posts, I enjoy and would love to work in a multicultural company with people have various backgrounds in my future. I believe I did experience that during this internship. From this internship, I somehow form a basic idea for what kind of companies I could possibly work for in my future in terms of my field, data science. I also learned what more academic skills I need to study for better future preparation. However, I somehow wish the job could be more challenging. I actively seek for tasks to do most of the time, but sometimes there is not always things come to me. One thing I really like is to find out how culturally different something is among various countries from my discussions with my colleagues. In terms of takeaways, I would say is to enjoy every moment, no better good or bad. Usually, it is those unforgettable moments that make one journey unique. This internship is definitely one of the most unique one to me.
This program is not only for students from Pitt Business but the whole pitt campus. From my point of view, I hope more students could participate in this unique opportunity, to gain more practical experiences for their academic works, especially for the uprising juniors and seniors. To do this, it might be better if there is any advertising specifically for study abroad programs, especially I believe the internship program will be benefit a student the most. Even now, I have several pitt friends asking me the related information.
One most important thing is to challenge oneself. And I’m super excited to share that I did a 15,000ft skydiving in Seville, Spain on July 23rd – the goal of 21!!!!! Turning 22 soon and I’m super looking forward to more things coming!