I honestly can’t believe my experience abroad has ended. After having a few days to reflect, I cannot believe I was so blessed and lucky enough to have gone through such an amazing experience. Working and being abroad is something you truly cannot explain to other people. I learned so much about the spain culture, Yahoo!, and myself, professionally and personally.
I am extremely happy that I choose the company I did for my internship. I was able to learn a huge amount about working for a large corporation. Yahoo! is known worldwide, and it was very interesting to work for such a big company rather than a small start up company like I have in the past. It was nice having a structure and having software programs that everyone used. It made things a little easier to work with. The culture in Spain was also shocking, like I have talked about in my past blogs. Coming back to America will be shocking. Things are taught on a much faster pace and there is no room for slacking. There are bonuses in both cultures! I learned a lot how to multitask and help many managers at one time. I would be working on 2-3 projects at a time, which will help me very much in my future career.
I was also put into such an amazing program. Dream Careers was a great experience. I made so many friends that I would have never been close to if it wasn’t for this program. These relationships will last not only through the rest of college, but into my adult life. I was lucky enough to not only work abroad, but travel around Europe and experience many different cultures besides in Spain. I took trips to Ibiza, Pamplona, Amsterdam, Paris, Prague, and the South of France. All the cultures were different, but also very similar. Each trip was an amazing time and I am so grateful to have been able to go to so many places in such a short amount of time.
The past two months were life changing. I will remember this trip for the rest of my life and I can’t wait to share these great memories with future friends and my future family members. I hope more students get the opportunity to do something like this.