It's the second week of September and I am back home in Toronto. I was away for 4 months and even though I've grown and experienced so much, everything still feels the same here. It's a weird feeling but I guess that's what happens when you experience so much in a short amount of time abroad.
This summer was easily the best summer I've ever had (despite how awesome last summer was). I was able to experience a 3 month internship at Google, tour a bunch of different tech companies, meet a ton of inspiring and talented new friends, drive through the entire California coast, be with my boyfriend all summer long, and take advantage of the gorgeous California nature. I absolute loved California. I was already familiar with San Francisco since I interned in the Mission district last summer, but this time around, I think the culture and lifestyle really grew on me.
Living in California was a dream for me. I was no longer long-distance with my boyfriend since the Bay Area is where Eric lived, and I was also able to be hang out by the beaches and watch the ocean waves whenever I wanted. I embraced the Cali lifestyle pretty well...from my weekly yoga sessions to eating Acai bowls 3x a week to hiking or road-trips every weekend all over California. Oh, the withdrawal!
When I look back at the past few college years, it still amazes me how far I've come in a short amount of time and knowing that I'm in my senior year already. From not knowing anything about UX design in early 2013 to interning at Google as a UX design intern, or being able to connect myself with so many in the Silicon Valley bubble...so much has changed. I never thought I would be here but I am and it's still surreal to me that all this happened so quickly. I learned so much this summer, and I owe it to all the people that made an impact on my growth and experience.
School has started now so it's back to that school grind. I have a jam-packed course load this semester so fingers-crossed that I'll survive! Next item on my list that I"m looking forward to? The Grace Hopper conference in Phoenix thanks to Google!
117 days, 21 cities, 11 beaches, 6 road trips, 1 amazing internship. California, you have my heart. Here's a short summer recap video I made along with some more photos.