Fourth of July was a day off for those of us in Pittsburgh, so I went with a group of friends to visit Chicago for the first time. I have a passion for seeing new places and discovering new cultures and I never thought that an hour flight would take me to a mesmerizing city with a rich history and breathtaking skylines. I could spend a long time describing how it felt to see the city from the Willis Tower SkyDeck and “walk on air”, or how happy I was admiring Jelly fishes in the Shedd Aquarium while being reminded that the smallest most beautiful creatures might sometimes be the most dangerous ones! That would require a longer more detailed blog post.
Back from my short trip, I feel refreshed and ready to continue my work on the Content Authoring Tool. So far, implementation has kicked in full force! In a normal work day, I might be doing one of many things such as:
- Writing code.
- Reusing code from the old CAT developed by the iSTEP 2010 interns. [Thank you :)]
- Googling! [anything from: why is my page looking weird on internet explorer to how do I minimize the amount of time I have to spend on this form before it is good enough! Well not exactly but you get the idea: I could be googling anything]
- Taking a walk outside Newell Simon: while working in the lab is great because it keeps me focused with minimum distractions, I miss sun from time to time. Occasionally, I will take a short walk outside the building or take my laptop and go work on the third floor where there are big glass windows with plenty of natural light.
- Thinking about how I am going to finish the tool on time!
- Talking with my teammates on Skype: getting updates about work and life in Montevideo.
- Thinking about how I am going to finish the tool on time! I know I said that before but it happens more than once!
- Having a live or Skype conversation with Meghan and yes our desks are next to each other 🙂
Thinking about the rest of the internship period, I am hoping to substitute the list above by:
- Testing code.
- Writing a thank you note for the iSTEP 2010 interns for their great pieces of code.
- Writing a thank you note to Google for aggregating the information we need and making it available! [fyi: there is a whole blog post dedicated to expressing love and appreciation to Google! I might join that]
- Taking a walk outside Newell Simon 🙂
- Celebrating finishing the tool on time!
- Talking with my teammates on Skype and wrapping up the work left to be done.
- Celebrating finishing the tool on time! This also has to happen more than once!
- Having a live or Skype conversation with Meghan, maybe not in the lab? Third floor?
If you’ve been following the journey then hang in there, great things have yet to come!