Working at a startup has been an incredible experience. There are many perceptions and ideas of what the startup experience is like, so I’d like to share my stand-out takeaways from my first three weeks of work at Sourcegraph, guided by our values: #people, #progress, and #journey.
Joining RetailNext, a data analytics company for retail stores, has been an exhilarating but also challenging experience. I feel like I am finally settling into the program – getting into the groove of classes and digging into the meat of the projects I am working on. This definitely feels good, as much of the start of the program and the application process was met with ambiguity and uncertainty. Not to be mistaken – I don’t mean that as a bad situation. In fact, the experience taught me a lot about myself and how to manage my time.
While there is not a plethora of free time on the Silicon Valley Program, we all do find fun ways to spend it. One of these fun ways is exploring the many hiking spots around the Mountain View area. Last week, three of us—Alison, Daniel, and myself—decided to explore one of these spots. I found Rancho San Antonio online and after finding that it was only a fifteen minute drive from the apartments, was convinced to give it a try.
The Silicon Valley Program is off to a great start and I volunteered to write my blog post before we got too busy with work and classes.
The Silicon Valley Program students recently attended a Kaiser Permanente tour, a new event addition among many great offerings of the semester. We spent two hours on a Monday afternoon at Kaiser’s Garfield Innovation Center and saw several displays of futuristic health care plans. The plans were split into two ideas: patients and doctors’ experiences within the hospital scenario and patients and doctors’ experiences outside of the hospital. Written here in this blog post are some amazing concepts that we saw.
It is always weird to connect CMC with Silicon Valley. We are good at econ; we have strong psychology department; our government professors are top level scholars. Every day, people talk about Goldman Sachs, argue about democrats and republicans. Science? That is nothing but a GE class. For a while, I thought I was going to end up as a consultant, or maybe an accountant. Who knows? Sounds equally good to me. As a result, when I first heard about the Silicon Valley program, I hesitated a lot. It sounded like a good program but did not seem to work for me.
The first thing people think about in Silicon Valley is the fact that technology "rules" this part of the country. That is correct, to some extent, but also completely misleading. By saying that, one completely diminishes the value of the people who built and are living in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is not about technology, it's about the culture. It's about not being afraid to pursue and idea that you believe in. When you are here you know that no one will throw your idea out the window before listening to what you have to say. It's just the way it works here, no idea is a bad idea.
A few weeks ago, one of my close family friends called me on the phone. The conversation started how it always does; How is college? What do you want to do after you graduate? Make sure you come visit soon! As I explained to him that I am in San Francisco participating in the Silicon Valley Program, his initial response was excitement. He thinks it is a great opportunity, and he wishes he could have done something similar when we was younger.
The Silicon Valley Program is proud to welcome a small, but mighty, group of eight students to the Spring 2015 semester. These students hail from Pomona and Claremont McKenna colleges, and represent economics, government, applied mathematics, psychology, Asian studies, and theater design & technology majors.
We look forward to having them arrive in Silicon Valley after the winter break. Interested employers may still have an opportunity to secure one or more of these talented interns.
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