My Summer Travel & Internship

I can’t believe I have just one year left. It’s a scary thought, that I’m running out of time to take classes like Customer Behavior and Healthcare Services — elective classes that led me to Wharton in the first place. Before I dig in on the details of this year, let me fill you in on my summer.

In addition to canyoning and mountaineering, my venture team rock climbed and repelled out in the middle of the Chilean desert.
In addition to canyoning and mountaineering, my venture team rock climbed and rappelled out in the middle of the Chilean desert.

The Atacama Desert

I went on a leadership venture after classes let out in May. 25 of my classmates and I headed down to Chile to hike through the Atacama Desert, taking turns leading our small groups. Each night we would find a site to pitch our tents, make some dinner, and discuss how the day went. As an Eagle Scout, I spent a lot of time hiking as a kid. I didn’t expect to be physically challenged… but I was wrong! On our last day in Chile we climbed a very steep (and icy) mountain face to ascend to around 15,500 feet. This was when I discovered that despite the fact that I love rock climbing, I have a fear of heights! Toppling down the mountain felt like a real possibility, but my classmates are amazing. They got me up on my feet, and didn’t let vertigo get me down!

The Facebook Internship

This summer I interned at Facebook in NYC as a Creative Strategist. It was a roller-coaster! While Facebook has grown into a tech giant, with offices around the world, it still has strong elements of its start-up roots. Departments shift and change, their goals morph and team members move to different roles. None of this felt capricious, all of the change was geared towards creating a better company. Internally, employees at Facebook talk a lot about being 1% finished. Facebook isn’t done yet, it has a LONG way to go. This speaks to Mark’s vision of Facebook’s role in connecting the world. This summer I spent my time helping CPG brands and their agencies get the most out of the News Feed.

Now that I’m back at school I’m busy figuring out what I want to do next. Return to Facebook? Get into Health Tech or maybe EdTech? I’m enjoying this last opportunity to really examine what I want to do with my career. Stay tuned!