Sunday, September 23, 2012

The big thing

As you might have noticed, I have some stuff going on here.
I finally found an internship for my bachelor thesis. *yay me*
As I mentioned a few posts ago. I had two interviews.
One did not go so well and I was not really surprised, when I was informed they have no use for me.
The other one was different.
I applied for a certain field, made that clear in my application and also in the interview in the part, where I had to introduce myself.
They listened to all of it and then said something to the effect of "Well that's really nice, but we don't have a topic in this field right now. However, we invited you anyway because we have this here..."
They introduced me to the topic, gave a a tour of the lab and showed me around.
We decided to stay in touch.
At home I thought about it for a while and read my material about the procedure used there (we did this in one lab session so I know a bit about it) .
Then I decided even though it was not what I was looking for when I applied there this topic was really interesting and the practical work we did in this area in the lab was really interesting, so I would love to make this the topic of my bachelor thesis.
So I emailed them to let them know that I would love to take this internship.
They decided they want me too and so we decided I would do my internship there.
There were some drawbacks which made me hesitate first but I decided to make it work because the topic sounds really good.
For example I could not start before November, but I decided that this is ok and I would use the time before to study for an exam I have to retake in January (in the midst of my internship).
Then, since the company is not right around the corner, I had to decide if I want to use the money I get there for a room near the company or for a car.
This really bugged me because I was so looking forward to finally have some money to spend on nice things.
I am doing ok and I am certainly not complaining, but sometimes it would be nice to just go and buy something or even put money into savings for a trip to the USA.
Well, the way it looked was that I would not be able to enjoy the money because I had to use it for room and board or a car.
Plus, I did not like the thought of staying in an inn or a rented room somewhere during the week and be in my nice apartment just on the weekends.
So I was really not that happy with that situation. Still I loved the topic and the company seems great and the people I spoke to so far seem really nice.
So I had mixed feelings toward my internship.
That was until I found out, that I do not have to be there every morning at 8 am sharp.
So I can stay at my place, use public transportation which I can ride for free with my student ID and save money or buy me something nice once in a while.
I do have a commute of almost 2 hours one way but I think that is doable. I can read a novel or some work related material while commuting.
I finished all the paperwork coming with this internship.
The only thing left to do is getting an exception for the school library, so I can keep the books I need for the internship longer than the normal rental period but I have that paper already here and will bring it to the library soon.
I am really looking forward to starting soon.
(And in case you are wondering about the topic: I could tell you but then I would have to kill you afterward. :)  Just kidding but I don't think I should discuss it here on the internet AND there is stuff I am not allowed to talk about)

Happy (rest) Sunday everyone!



  1. That sounds exciting, congratulations!

    A two hour commute is hard. I have one hour each way which I could probably cut in half if I'd buy a car. But with the gas prices and the fact that I have never owned a car (which means insurance will cost me a small fortune), I rather thake the trains and the bus and read a good book too (it's been a lot of Jo Nesbo in the last weeks). Also, I want to travel and buy nice things too once in a while, so I totally get you.

    And you make me really curious about the topic! ;)

    1. Thank you!

      I did a two hour commute, when I was a student a few years ago and it really sucked.But this time around it helps that I don't have to get up at stupid o'clock to be there by eight. That makes it more bearable (I hope).

      My topic is no top secret government or something like that,so it is not THAT exciting. it is in the industrial sector. But the companies like to keep secrets too. :)