Our fourth blogger is Souvik. He’s studying Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland and is a rising senior. He is interning at Google this summer and is currently in California. He also hopes to travel the world, specifically Italy, and although he works very hard, usually ends up having 1:2 ratio of studying and playing FIFA on xbox, (kind of like me and Netflix). A random fun fact is that he would like to (at least for a period of time) live in a human-sized hobbit hole. A very enthusiastic Harry Potter fan, he’s the Harry to my Hermione – here he is 🙂
Hello readers of Sandhya! This is my first time writing a blog post – and I don’t consider writing to be one of my stronger skills – so I thought I’d keep it simple and write about the past few days of my life, and my reflection on them. It’s been an eventful period of time for me (more so than usual, anyway), so hopefully you all find it interesting, relatable, and/or just enjoyable!
Last Saturday, my dad and I flew out from Washington D.C. all the way over to San Francisco. I was lucky enough to get an internship with Google for the summer, so I’ll be living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the next 12 weeks! Why was my dad with me, you may ask? My parents are the “hold-your-hand” type of parents, so my dad booked his ticket along with mine as soon as I got my project assignment and location. Basically, he wanted to help me move into my apartment and also help me figure all the details of living on my own. I had mixed feelings about this at first, but I’ll delve into all that later.
If you’ve never been to the San Francisco Bay Area (Silicon Valley), it’s a very interesting place; the sun is always shining, drivers seem to rarely go above the speed limit, and some of the most well-known tech company’s headquarters are always a stone’s throw away. Everything is very different from home sweet home back in Maryland, and I’m certainly still adjusting. I’ve lived in the same neighborhood since I was 4 and I’ve never lived alone before, so the entire experience is a bit overwhelming, but I’m trying my best to keep up and just enjoy it! I’m sure the next few months will go by incredibly quickly (or that’s what everyone’s telling me anyway), and I definitely don’t want to miss anything that this experience has to offer. Living in Silicon Valley is an amazing opportunity, and working at Google is a dream come true, but what I’m looking forward to the most is being independent, which is why it put a bit of a damper on my mood when my dad said he was coming with me to San Francisco.
I’m truly grateful for everything my parents have done and continue to do for me, but sometimes, I feel like they see me as a really tall 10-year old, and it’s frustrating to say the least! I want to try to do things on my own, even if I face a few more problems in the process of doing so. Anyway, I was a little annoyed that my dad was coming along, but I didn’t argue partially because I was also very nervous about moving out to California, and also because arguing with my dad is generally futile.
Fast-forwarding to now, I would probably be sitting in an empty apartment, sweating profusely, with a bowl of cereal for dinner if my dad hadn’t come with me. He took notice of everything, from how to keep the blinds and windows in order to keep the apartment cool (since the apartment doesn’t have AC), to the nearest grocery stores – everything I might need over the summer, and more. While I’m sure I could have figured most of these things out on my own, it would have taken me longer to think of doing so, and my life over here wouldn’t have pieced together nearly as cleanly as it did. After moving in on Saturday morning, my dad and I went down the to-do list in order of priority: Wi-Fi, food, a bed, a folding table and a couple of folding chairs, cleaning supplies, and so on. It took us until Monday morning to get everything together, but as tiring as the process was, we both enjoyed it. In the evenings, after having dinner, we took walks around the neighborhood so that I could familiarize myself with the streets. It felt like we were on an adventure together, and I enjoyed the past few days much more than I would have on my own. I still don’t always agree with my dad, but I will admit that he got this one right.
At this point, you might be saying that I’m going against my initial goal of being independent, and you’re correct! But what I’ve accepted is that I might just need that initial guidance, so that the next time I’m in the same situation, I’ll be able to take care of myself. Of course, becoming independent is different for everyone – some people might say that sitting in an empty apartment, sweating profusely, eating a bowl of cereal for dinner is an experience that everyone should go through at some point. And who knows? That could still be me the next time I move into an apartment =)
Now onto the main reason why I’m here in the Southern SF Bay Area – Google! I started orientation on Tuesday, and these past two days have been surreal. For a tech nerd like me, it’s an incredible feeling to be in the same place where so much useful technology has been imagined and created. The campus is beautiful, both inside and outside, and there’s simply an abundance of cool things at Google! Everyone there is extremely friendly, which certainly makes it less intimidating for interns, and everyone is very passionate about their work. Oh, and did I mention that there’s free food? =D All in all, the work environment is inspiring, and I can’t wait to start working on my project. The work is definitely challenging, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
To close out, my dad just left for the airport to head back to Maryland. I’m sitting on a folding chair writing this blog post, and it’s starting to hit me that summer is really beginning. I’m eager to get started, and while I may not be ready to take on real life just yet, I’m (hopefully) getting there! Now, anyone who knows me well knows that I like to think that I give good advice, so I’ll leave you all with two pieces of advice from my dad, since his advice has been very significant for me:
- Always be thankful for everything that you have, even something as simple as having water to drink every day.
- Always keep a positive and optimistic outlook. Basically, make the best of any situation!
Thank you all for taking the time to read my post, and I hope you enjoyed it!
If you enjoyed this blog post and want him to be a guest blogger again in the future you can contact Souvik by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also feel free to shoot me an email if you’re interested in guest blogging in the future! Happy Second Day of June Everyone!