Settling in

Hello again from Berlin! Another eventful week in the German capital. On Monday I officially started my digital marketing internship at Gramercy, so that’s been taking up most of my time. So far everything at work has been pretty good. Since I’m new, I’m doing a lot of basic work that’s important but not overly challenging. In the next few weeks, I expect to be taking on more challenging projects. In terms of my comfort here in Berlin, I feel like I’m starting to really settle into my new home. I know where all the important stores around the hotel are, and I figured out how to work the laundry machines. Laundry is much harder around here than it is back at home which I was not expecting. To do laundry, I must bring my stuff 20 minutes to the local laundromat. The hotel has laundry machines but they are far more expensive so I would rather walk a little to save some money. The machines have no English on them, so it took me some time to figure them out but eventually, I did, and everything was all good. Laundry isn’t the most exciting thing to talk about in a blog post so I guess I should talk about some of the notable fun activities from this past week. On Wednesday, my roommate and I went to a CTM Festival concert at Berghain. CTM is a music and visual arts festival held in Berlin that showcases adventurous music and art. I had no idea it was happening until my lunch break on Wednesday. I was researching things to do and decided to buy tickets because I thought it might be something cool to check out. Since the following day was a public holiday, I wasn’t worried about staying out late. We had no idea what to expect but we went in with an open mind. On the way, we made a pit stop at Prater Garten, one of Berlin’s top-rated Biergartens to try their Bratwurst. We definitely plan to be back because the food and atmosphere were great. We left full and ready for the concert. I’ve always wanted to go to Berghain, so just being inside was incredible. The inside feels like a weirdly mysterious industrial abandoned power plant/temple. When the music started, I could feel it throughout my entire body. Berghain has topped lists of the best sound systems in the world, and I could quickly tell why. Fun fact the speakers operate between 10 and 20 percent capacity, and allegedly if they were cranked to max volume the building would literally collapse. Unfortunately, the music wasn’t really our style, and we ended up leaving after about 20 minutes but just getting to explore Berghain made the experience worthwhile. The next day we checked out an amazing street food market in East Berlin. They had food from across the world and I satisfied my appetite with some Korean and Italian food. It was great, and we plan to return next Thursday. 

Internship

I guess I should talk about my internship now. This is my first real internship, and first time working a real office job, so it is a completely new experience for me. So far things have gone pretty smoothly, and I’ve done a good job of staying on top of my work. Managing my time in the office is a little different than in school.  In the office I’m working in, I must think more about prioritizing tasks. In school, I usually just do whatever has the closest deadline first, but here since I’m getting tasks from several different people at the same time oftentimes without hard deadlines, I must use my judgment to determine what should be done first. I start by sorting tasks by how important I think they are and how much time I think they’ll take. I knock out the super quick ones first, and then move on to the more important, more time-consuming ones afterward, always making sure to periodically check in with the people who assigned me the work. At Gramercy, we use a really neat online communication platform called Slack. It allows me to contact anyone that works for the company, even if they are in an office across the world. It makes it super easy for me to ask questions, and it eliminates the feeling that I’m bothering someone like I might feel if I had to always ask face to face. Another difference I’ve noticed between school and this internship is that I don’t do any work at home. It feels weird to leave the office at 5 and be done for the day because I’m so used to working late into the night. That’s all I got for now, but I’ll be back next week with another update.