EMERGE Internship Was One of the Best Experiences of My Life

Today is the last day of my internship with EMERGE. These past two months have passed incredibly quickly but have also been amazing. I’ve learned about myself, the environment of a startup, nonprofits, and all of the work that it takes to reach where EMERGE has reached and continues to expand to. I met Houston …

Seeing a Little of Myself in New Emerge Juniors

By Karen Banda As part of my internship with EMERGE, I was a chaperone for this year’s Boston College Tour. My group consisted of 14 rising high school juniors, all of whom had a spark ready to be lit by at least one of the colleges on our visit. I saw myself in these students. …

Making an Impact at Goldman Sachs Undergrad Camp

By Karen Banda “The work you do will have a direct effect on the business and community. At Goldman Sachs, you will make an impact.” My summer started with a trip to Jersey City, where I spent four days at the Goldman Sachs undergraduate camp. I knew what Goldman Sachs was, but I didn’t know …

Finals week was exhausting, exhilarating – but now I’m home!

By Karen Banda Home sweet home. Being able to say those words feels great! During finals week and while traveling home, however, it seemed like I would never be able to say those words. Finals week was probably the slowest week of the entire first year. Not even the amount of work I had to …

40 Degrees is Hot! Something I Never Would Have Said in Texas

By Karen Banda Midterms, patches of grass, water dripping from the roofs, puddles everywhere, birds chirping – the signs of spring, and Spring Break, in the Pioneer Valley! Spring in Western Massachusetts is nothing like spring in Houston. Although it is not as hot and humid as it is in Houston, I do believe that …

Fulbright or Rhodes Fellowship in My Future?

By Karen Banda Spring semester has just started, and it’s even better than last semester. I am not sure why – maybe it’s because I have decided to major in government, maybe it’s because I’m used to being away from home by now, or maybe it’s because I’m more involved than last semester. Perhaps my …

Home in Houston for a Night and a Great Honor

By Felipe Guillen Going home for one night helped recharge my batteries. Unlike some of my friends who live in the Bay Area, I don’t have the luxury of going home during the quarter. When Jharrett Bryantt from the College Readiness Dept. asked me if I wanted to come home and give a speech at …