Here I am sitting at my desk again, reaching the end of what’s been a pretty slow day that arrived in the wake of a tidal wave of productivity. This however has given me a little time to look back and reflect on the week that has just passed, my first week of officially being an intern.
Our job thus far has been mostly design work, working on the User Interface for a widget that the company actually intends to make live. As I mentioned in a previous post this is both daunting and exciting to me, knowing that I will leave here having actually made a difference, minimal as it may be.
I find myself especially glad that this is the job we were given because User Experience and Human Computer Interaction is the field that I want to pursue, and I am getting direct experience in that field. I find the independence and creativity of both the specific job and the internship in general to be what surprised me the most. When we ran our first design by the project manager, I strangely felt surprised that they approved it. They genuinely liked it. I think until that point I had still been feeling what we were doing wasn’t actually serious, but seeing them take the next steps to move forward with our design was hugely validating. It also contrasted hugely from my expectations for our internship, as I mistakenly thought as interns, and freshmen at that, we wouldn’t be given much leash to be creative or independent, but that was entirely wrong, for which I am very glad.
Apart from the purely professional insight I am undoubtedly gaining through this experience, I see that I am growing more confident and comfortable navigating Bangalore as a city. From trying to scrape together my rudimentary Kannada skills for a lost Uber driver, to even crossing the road, I feel that I am seeing a new side of Bangalore that the multitude of family visits I have taken never would have given me
I look forward to seeing where this goes, and the experience that I will continue to gain.