An excerpt from my Week 9 & 10 reflection email to my academic advisor:
As I’m wrapping up my ten weeks at HabitAware, I’m becoming more aware (pun intended) of the transitional phase between one stage to another, in my life and in HabitAware’s “life.” This past week, I finished writing blog posts for the HabitAware blog, with a dedicated blog post to sum up my entire summer experience with the company. I’m also in the process of contacting HabitAware’s pre-order customers one last time. In the ten weeks that I’ve been a part of the team, the core team has grown to accommodate company growth: a sales representative for the East Coast area, a friend of the team to help with customer service, and an exclusive distributor for Keen bracelets in Australia. Product-wise, we are reaching the end of the inventory from the first production run and two members of the team are leaving for Shenzhen, China again to supervise the second production run, with new designs and upgrades to our product. A few days ago, I joined the rest of the team to look at potential office space for September so that we can finally expand.
The end of my summer internship is a bittersweet one. As I’m reflecting on the past few weeks, I can’t help but think that every little thing signifies change. HabitAware is gearing up for the next its next big thing by expanding into office space, increasing its customer base, and adding more members to its team. After I leave, HabitAware will continue to grow and develop to become the next greatest invention besides sliced bread (I’m biased).
Additionally, spending more than 200 hours together with people who I have just met this summer has given me the chance to develop meaningful relationships with the rest of the HabitAware team. At this point, I’ve met the families of the HabitAware team and have finally feel well integrated with the company but to only realize that I will leave in less than five days. There is no doubt that I will try my hardest to keep in touch with them, especially after my return from South Korea. I’m no stranger to change; I attended seven different schools during my K through 12 career and immigrated halfway across the world. Nonetheless, I’m always slightly emotional when one door closes and another opens. Emails and phone numbers are exchanged. Conversations about future plans are made and words like “let’s keep in touch” are said. I always try my hardest and go out of my way to maintain relationships, but I also know that life can be complicated and people drift apart naturally. And in the infamous words of Dr. Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” After these ten weeks, I will move on and continue with my life like everyone else, and when nostalgia strikes, I’ll look back at this summer with happy memories.
As for me, I will be embarking on my next phase in my college journey: a semester abroad in Seoul. These weeks have been a blur of dorm room assignments, figuring out the flight details of others in the program, getting my Korean student visa, and packing to leave the Twin Cities. With less than a month to go, I’m beginning my preparations for being in a foreign country for three and a half months, physically and mentally. August 27th will arrive before I know it!
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