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Week 9: How to get an Internship

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Internship / Saturday

Today, I want to try something a bit different from the usual roundup of things I learned during my internship. I want to share some more tactical and actionable advice. I want to write down some advice for students younger than me who haven’t gone through the internship-seeking phase. This is specifically geared for university students in their sophomore year because it tends to be a year in the middle where you’re left to dry […]

Summer in Chicago: Happy Place

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Chicago / Friday

This week, I want to mention about a place that I wish I visited instead of one I did visit. It’s the Happy Place – described as “an adult pop-up funhouse”. Here are my thoughts on it: I’m upset I didn’t go. And with only a week left in Chicago before I leave town, I don’t think I’ll be able to able to visit it this summer. It looks super fun 😦  

Different types of innovation

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Miscellanous / Thursday

At the end of Rafah’s post last week, I wrote down that it gave me some thoughts for future posts. This is that post. Rafah’s role as Technical Program Manager at Salesforce showed her a different kind of role – one that largely consists of coordinating various efforts and aligning different people towards a given goal. In her own words: If a TPM (any project manager, really) is doing a good job, you probably won’t […]

James Belleque: The Importance of Organic Learning

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guestpost / Wednesday

James is one of my closest friends at NU and had one of the coolest summers out of everyone who posted on this blog – he spent two months studying Mandarin in Shanghai! I’ll let him tell you about what he learned. While being immersed, breathe deep I had the opportunity to spend two months living in Shanghai and take Chinese language classes at Fudan University. This was my first time in China, or any […]

Lessons from So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

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Books / Tuesday

Whenever I have a conversation with someone I haven’t met before and find that we have a connection, I’ll invariably end up asking them about what books they would suggest I read. Today’s book has by far been the one that gets recommended the most – So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport. Newport is a Computer Science professor at Georgetown University and also has a really popular blog. He’s also written multiple […]

Lessons from Ben Thompson of Stratechery

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lessonsfrom / Monday

I’ve mentioned Ben Thompson on multiple posts throughout the summer and he is one of the few people who has disproportionately shaped my thinking in an extremely small amount of time (I started reading his tech analysis blog Stratechery this February). So I thought it was only fair that I focus on his work and career in a single post. Bonus points because he’s a Northwestern Kellogg MBA alum – Go Cats’! If this post […]

Week 8: Lessons from my Internship

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Internship / Saturday

This was busy, busy week at work and so lots of lessons to be learned. This will also be a short post because although I moved last weekend, there is still a lot of unpacking and miscellaneous work to be done. With that in mind, let’s dive into the lessons: Compress to Impress When communicating a new analysis you did that going to change things and lead to a tangible impact to the business, it […]