Closing Time

               They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and after watching two months in Spain go by like a 50-minute recitation I have never agreed more with this statement. The time I spent at Pulsar Technologies was full of experiences that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. As…

Adjusting to Passive Feedback

The feedback mechanisms provided at work were very interesting in that they were essentially non-existent. In fact, the only time direct, explicit feedback was really provided to me was during the mid-term and final performance reviews mandated through the program. As someone who lives and studies in a society that is very big on clear…

FIN

In conclusion… Thank you. Thank you to everyone that made this experience for me possible. Thank you to the team at Pitt, who accepted me into this program and gave me the tools to make this experience as amazing as it was. Thank you to the EUSA team for finding me – an engineer –…

Week 9! I’m in London!

First things first, a quick update. Hello everyone, my time in Paris has ended. Yesterday morning I hopped on a train to London, England. Here I will be studying Strategic Marketing at the Imperial College London for the next 3 weeks. A few minutes ago, I went to the store to grab some lunch, and…

Week 8. Salut!

How does your host culture define “success” in a professional sense? What makes a successful/effective employee in your internship and industry? How do behaviors and actions of a “successful” employee differ in your host vs. home country? Just as an update, this is week 8! I literally can’t believe it has been 8 week since…

Differing Levels of Success: Spain vs. US

I would like to preface this blog post with the disclaimer that I, as a 21-year-old college student with two months of real work experience at a single company, am startlingly underqualified to speak unequivocally and comprehensively on the topic of what defines a “successful” worker in general, let alone across cultural lines. That said,…

Eating on the Job in Spain

Having no work experience prior to my internship in Spain puts me in a unique position in terms of evaluating workplace culture. Coming into the program, I knew I would be experiencing two distinct but related challenges: my first real job and my first job in Spain. In the workplace, some of the adjustments I’ve…

Update: This week, the french intern left and the british intern arrived. Reading my last blog post it seemed like I was so scared to meet this girl, but we get along really well and shes teaching me more french than I think I was learning speaking only french (because they had a hard time…

mais non!

“Mais nonnn”! I really wish my time in Paris wasn’t coming to an end, it’s really freaking me out. I’ve had such a wonderful time here. Honestly I refuse to admit it. It’s still the beginning of July and the month is young. I have plenty of time. The only problem is time isn’t slowing…