My name is Celine Nie from Irvine, Calif., and I am a rising senior on the women's swimming and diving team. My summer has been far from home but eventful nonetheless. Right after finals I traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to participate in the Start-Up Strategy elective abroad with other Babson athletes, Jack Lucero and Ellie Bisceglia. During this particular course, I was given the opportunity to consult for a medical device start up with the goal of entering the United States market. We traveled to Holy sites, visited over 10 companies, ate our body weight in falafel, and even participated in an (abbreviated) training with up-and-coming Israeli Defense Force members. Electives abroad have been a great way for me to fulfill my college bucket list without taking time off. After my senior year, I will have participated in three elective abroad courses and these courses are allowing me to graduate a year early.
Once the course was completed, I traveled to Germany for two weeks through Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Regensburg, Munich, and Berlin. Some of the highlights included eating at two Michelin star restaurants, watching the FC Bayern parade and celebration in Munich, cooking fresh produce in Regensburg, and searching for markets in every city. After this trip I determined that I will never have better bratwurst and mustard in my life.
The day I returned to Boston, I moved into my apartment in Cambridge and began prepping for work life. This summer I am a Program Management Intern in the Platform Engineering division at Akamai Technologies. I sit two cubicle rows away from fellow swim alumni An Truong '16 and without him I probably would have never heard of Akamai and applied. I've been learning about adapting to different corporate cultures and refining my software skills while working with program managers, company executives, and engineers. I'm currently working on creating and transitioning internal communication streams within the division. The greatest takeaway so far? Dealing with people is going to be the best and the hardest part of any job.
Besides working in Cambridge, I spend my weekends trying to travel, stay in shape, and hang out with my teammates, Jack Lucero, Tirza Rentovich, and Alex Damiecki. Here are some quick snapshots of my weekends: I walked the full Freedom Trail on the Fourth of July. I took a weekend trip to New York City to stay at the newly opened TWA Hotel at JFK Airport. I saw and met the internet sensation The Try Guys, at Boch Theater. I prepared and threw a BBQ for me and my friends. But most importantly, I grew to love and absorb the beautiful city of Boston. While I have gone to school is Massachusetts for two years, this is the first time I have truly felt connected to the city. Living on my own and applying the skills I have learned at Babson have given me perspective on how lucky I am to be in such a great environment for personal growth.
While there are still three more weeks to the summer, it has been the best one yet. I can't wait to get back in the water and finish off my swim career with our strongest team yet!