A friend recently pointed out that I’ve written something on, or very near each of my birthdays since the inception of this blog, but not this year. It’s 5 days past my 22nd year of aliveness, and only now am I acquiescing to the habit. Simply put, it’s been an extremely busy time.
I spent my birthday in San Francisco, not having much of a care in the world, not thinking about grad applications, not thinking about school, not thinking about work. Those were two magical days that I felt free and happy. Since then, I’ve returned to a whirlwind of work, trying to wrap things up before I head back home for the Christmas holidays.
Let me throw this out there. I have just over one (1) week left in my internship with Microsoft, and things are not yet complete. Projects grew and grew in scope, and I certainly didn’t help matters by taking on more responsibilities and tasks. I look back on the commitments I set at the beginning of the semester, and I can’t help but laugh at how limited they were in context. Perhaps the kindest comment of my efforts at Microsoft were the words of my Group PM – I don’t think of you as an intern who’s been here for 3 months. I think of you as a PM who’s been with the team for years.
The internship here at Microsoft has given me the best sense of the real world thus far. I’ve seen and experienced bureaucracy, but I also realize that people still get things done. Innovation can happen even at a large company like Microsoft, and while it seemed to lose its way over the past several years, I am very heartened and inspired by what is happening around the company. It is reinventing itself. The will of the company and its employees to be the best in the markets it participates in is extremely strong. I saw it at the Company Meeting, shortly after I joined, and I see it now as I speak with employees around the company. The company is filled with people with great ideas, and the new Microsoft is allowing those ideas to bubble up. For the longest time, I wasn’t sure if I could accomplish and influence the things I wanted to at Microsoft. I’m seeing indications that I can.
With that said, is Microsoft in my future? I’m being pulled strongly in that direction, but there are still some factors to consider. It certainly won’t be an easy decision, either way.
Oh, and happy birthday, Charlie.