Oops I haven’t posted in a while! Getting adjusted to life back on campus! Now that I have had some time to reflect upon the amazing past month, here is a post dedicated to my priceless takeaways I gained. Before I begin though, I would just like to take a moment to thank all of the companies that so graciously hosted us. I am sure that all of the CEOs, Presidents, software developers, etc. had tons of other more productive tasks they could have been conquering and they took an hour or so to make us feel so welcome and open their minds to us. It takes a great person to be able to speak with those who are less experienced than you at an equal level, a skill a lot of people don’t have, and every single person we met with nailed that ability.
This post is dedicated to my favorite thing in the world and the main lesson that I learned from the trip: PASSION. Is it cliche to say I am passionate about passion? I don’t care if it is. I found that throughout the trip one of the biggest joys was hearing how much the people loved what they were doing. Sure some of them were making a boatload of money from it, but most either hadn’t or weren’t (and in reality a lot of people don’t so keep in mind we went to the successful companies). They didn’t care. Dave Maltz at Microsoft particularly sticks out to me. I had literally no idea what he was talking about in terms of data centers (I think that is what they are called…), but he glowed when my more skilled classmates asked him questions about it. I couldn’t help but smile, everyone couldn’t. I learned to be my own Dave Maltz, immersing myself into what I love. Is that so complicated?? I feel like it is going to be, and must be because so many people don’t do it. Why is this? I think it has a lot to do with money. I was talking about my trip to someone here on campus and I was telling him/her about my realization that money doesn’t matter, just do what you love. His/her response was, “You’re a better person than me. I want the money.” This made me truly sad. I never want to think that, but alas I am a naive college student and the world is at my fingertips.
My second big take away has actually caused me to made a lot of immediate changes here at Luther. So I have been very wishy washy with what minor I want to pair with Communication Studies so I finally made the decision to simply do concentrations in Computer Science, Business, and Art/Graphic Design. After this trip, I got the feeling that you shouldn’t be an okay programmer, you have to be a really good one to actually apply those skills in the working world. When I was studying Computer Science I loved saying I was studying Computer Science because I felt very ahead of the game and respected. But when i was honest with myself, I would never want to actually do any computer science work when I graduate. That is NOT my area of expertise. I love people, want to be around them, learn from them, and integrate them into my world of thought. Those qualities are in computer science don’t get me wrong as computers are built for the benefit of mankind at the core, but not quite a literally as I crave. I discovered that I can still learn about computer technology and software and see the beauty in it without having to study it. Hence, remove Computer Science from my concentrations. Now my passions can be emphasized elsewhere.
Those are my two view changing epiphanies that I got from the trip! So many other wonderful pieces of advice were gained but I don’t want to become redundant of my previous posts. Thanks for reading!