Here it goes..my first blog ever.....I
have never had the experience of writing a blog before, so please
bear with me. I can only hope that my blogging style will only get
Short introduction....My name is
Anda-Lucia (from Romania) and I just finished my 3rd year
at University of Edinburgh, doing Computer Science. This summer, I
have the fantastic opportunity to go to Houston for an
internship in technology at JP Morgan for 10 weeks, starting on the
18th June . A valuable experience I will never forget..
Cliché as it may sound...I can't
express how lucky I am to be a Saltire Scholar.... The experience so
far has been fantastic...The people from Saltire Foundation are so
amazing! I want to give them a big thank you for everything they've
been doing for us and for all their hard work they have put into
(helping us with the visa application, sorting the accommodation and
organising an amazing Leadership Day and many many others)
Houston arrival..I got to Houston last
Monday (my first time ever in the US) because I had be a week before
my actual internship starts as there were a couple of pre-processing
steps that still need to be completed. And yes, I am now (at the time
of writing) officially cleared out to start tomorrow my internship.
Before my flight, I still had to
realise what was happening around me.. Luggage was done. Paperwork in
order. Visa received. Me, an amalgam of emotions: anxiety,
excitement, adrenaline. The almost 10-hour flight from London was ok, I mostly watched
movies and played some games, but couldn't fall asleep at all.
First impressions: people are very
friendly....the taxi driver that took me to the hotel was very nice
and gave me a short introduction on Houston: the business centre, the
areas, North and South, the largest Medical Centre in the world, the
shopping centres (Galleria, the greatest mall) etc.. Everything here
looks like a bigger world, the buildings are so tall that I first I
So, I had a few days to settle in and
find my way around. First thing that shocked me (the moment I got off
from the plane) ...was the weather (well, I guess weather in Houston
should come as no surprise). I could say that I am quite used with
hot summers (as in Romania), but the main difference here is that the
humidity is really really high. However, I came well prepared with
tons of sun lotion and different sunglasses. The shops are really
big, you can find anything you want. Also, there are great places to
eat. It looks that you don't get easily bored in this city!
Accommodation...I am staying in a a
really nice hotel and I have a studio room which is very large. It's
like 20 minutes away by bus from the downtown, where I will be
And tomorrow....it's my first day.....I
can't say how excited I am to meet everyone and to start my
internship! Less than 12 hours....woww....
Looks like all the Scholars are having
a great time around the world and already had amazing first weeks at
work. I just want to wish everyone a fantastic summer and good luck
with their internshps! Time flies so quickly....too quickly...
That's all from me now....I will be
back with my first week experience, which I am sure it will be really
enjoyable and unforgettable!
Have a fantastic week!
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