When I first applied to be a blogger for The Global Grid, I was a civil engineering student looking to learn more about the field outside of a university lecture hall. Growing up in the Los Angeles, I knew L.A. was an area full of interesting projects. I saw the blogging internship as an opportunity to gain a better sense how civil engineering affects the area where I grew up.
Over the course of this internship, I spent a lot of time keeping myself updated about ongoing projects, traveling out to different places, and admiring the effort that went into them. I also learned about issues that affect the city of L.A., such as providing a proper transit experience for bus riders, accommodating both bicycles and cars on the road, creating more green spaces for residents to enjoy, deciding who pays for earthquake retrofitting, and securing its power grid. As a bonus, I even got to discover various hidden gems of Los Angeles that I previously had no idea existed, such as the plethora of shipping containers turned into businesses in the DTLA Arts District. It was very neat to see such an innovative repurposing of a seemingly mundane product. That was definitely my favorite blog post to write. Writing blog posts and sharing information with readers of The Global Grid fulfilled a need to express how diverse and magnificent the city of Los Angeles is. Now, approaching my third year of university, I possess a greater insight of the issues that Los Angeles residents face and the solutions that have been developed to alleviate them, along with an even greater sense of pride for my origins.
In addition to that, I have also gained a glimpse into the professional world. As a first-time intern and blogger, I was a bit intimidated because I had no experience in a professional environment, but was up for a challenge. However, that fear disappeared once I joined The Global Grid. The Global Grid team welcomed me with open arms, did a great job of training me on how to write proper blog posts, and made the editing process as smooth as possible. I do not consider myself the best writer. Despite that, The Global Grid played an important role in refining my writing skills. The feedback I received on my blog posts always helped me to constructively improve my writing, as well as motivate me to create better content for readers. I truly believe the skills that I have obtained during this internship will follow me and help me succeed as I continue on in the professional world. Although my time at The Global Grid is over, I’m sure the many other opportunities that await will allow me to utilize the skills I attained as a blogger.
I would like to thank everyone at The Global Grid for making my first experience as an intern a delightful and valuable one. Wishing all of The Global Grid team major success in their future endeavors!