Well, my time here at Merit Network is finally wrapping up and I can’t be any more grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and everything that I have learned this summer. I truly believe that the hands-on training and practical experience has been invaluable and will directly translate to success in my classes this school year. There is one thing that I wish I had done a bit better this summer though. Merit Network may not be a multinational conglomerate of a company, but it is still fairly large with roughly 100 employees working at the headquarters where I was this summer. After a few months here, I felt like I had at least met the majority of people, but as time went on, and now at the end of the year, I realized that that might not actually be the case. This realization culminated at the annual company picnic last week. The picnic was a great way to end the summer, say some goodbyes to the people I had worked with, but also to introduce myself to some others. Through rounds and rounds of euchre, I got to know some of my formerly lesser-known co-workers pretty well (I also found out that some of them are pretty vicious card players!) All-in-all, a great afternoon with some even better company. Before the picnic I felt like I already had expanded my view of Computer Science related careers, but now meeting all of these new people, I think I may have only hit the tip of the iceberg. So meet your coworkers early and introduce yourself often! It might open your eyes to careers you had never considered before.
- Weeks III and IV
- Week V