I know, I know, I’m a huge blogging slacker. You know how it goes though – end of the school year, life as a Sun editor, sleep – it all adds up to subtracting from blogging time. I was doing so well too!
Since I kind of left everyone who doesn’t [I know, I know, I’m a huge blogging slacker. You know how it goes though – end of the school year, life as a Sun editor, sleep – it all adds up to subtracting from blogging time. I was doing so well too!
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As I mentioned, I did get an offer from Microsoft to be a UX (user experience) intern. I turned it down. Boy, let me tell you the looks I got from my friends. “Are you insane?!” Well, sometimes, yes. But this time? Not at all. I put a lot of thought into it. A LOT of thought. In the end though, I realized that it wasn’t the place for me at this time in my career. I was really looking for a UX position that involved research and working with users. I was looking for something that was different from last summer’s internship. The position I was offered involved web design, which is all well and good. I really enjoy designing sites. But as I realized last summer, I don’t really like doing it in a corporate setting. Maybe for a smaller company, or maybe on the side, but too many cooks in my Photoshop kitchen is just not how I work. The people I interviewed with were really nice and I would probably have really enjoyed working with them, but I felt like the internship was too similar to the one I’d already experienced and In the end, I realized that it just wasn’t the right time. I felt I could learn a lot more from the other opportunity I had on the table.
The other opportunity is staying here at Cornell for the summer. Again – “Are you insane?!” This time, probably yes. The current plan is to take 2 classes and do part-time research with one of my professors on collaboration and instant messaging. I was looking forward to a nice, relaxing summer here in Ithaca – free from all of my extracurriculars, from 2/3 of the classes I would normally take during a semester and would have the time to focus on tackling that stack of books I’ve been meaning to read for years or that AJAX or RoR that I’ve been meaning to learn for even longer. Not usually how I like to spend my summers, but hey, I’m flexible.
THEN I heard about this internship opportunity at Yahoo!. I read the description and my jaw dropped to the floor. It was as if they’d written it exactly for me. I sent my resume in immediately. You know that post I wrote last summer? The one about the perfect job for me and the subsequent page I made about my Dream Job? Well, this internship hits EVERY SINGLE POINT. Every one! It was too good to be true.
I had my first interview for it yesterday and I have another one coming up next week. If all goes well, I’ll be out in San Francisco again this summer. Fingers crossed, everyone!