After spending nearly your whole life doing something, it’s kind of weird to just stop. Sure, school sucked but it just sort of became a part of my life. Nothing really prepared me for how it feels to be just done with it all.
There’s a certain sadness in leaving a job. Sure it’s not graduating from school or leaving a close group of friends, but nevertheless each time I feel a bit melancholy. After all these were the people that you spent a majority of your week with whether you liked it or not - and that’s not to say my co-workers were bad. In fact all my co-workers have been nothing short of amazing and I’ve been very fortunate in that regards. I might not have been best friends with them but it still feels a bit bitter knowing that a regular part of your life would just be gone like that.
At the end of my summer, I realized with dread that I hadn’t done any studying for interviews at all or started looking for jobs at all. I’m sure everyone can relate to just how annoying it is to find a job whether it be an internship or a part time job. Furthermore, I’m sure those of us in the software development or a similar field has experienced the extreme grind of going through Leetcode or CTCI. It’s not fun, especially if pushed off until the last moment as I had done. But no matter, I was determined to get a good internship so I sat down and went to work.
It’s currently 2:00 AM, August 12th, 2017 - just a full week since hackNY officially ended. In the morning, the rest of the fellows would be leaving - back to each of our walks of life. Everything is returned to as it was and yet, it was completely different. I can’t help but think back to the past 11 weeks; it had felt like a lifetime yet it was over in the blink of an eye. I still remembered all the months leading up to the summer - that’s part of the experience too.