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 …

When Did Making Summer Plans Get So Stressful?

By Karen Banda Never before have I worried so much about what I was going to do during my summer vacation. Before spring break, I was wondering what I was going to do this summer. There was a time when I thought I was going to spend four months at home, doing nothing but babysitting …

This Year Has Been a Roller Coaster Ride – And I Enjoyed It

By Karen Banda There are 15 days of classes left and honestly, I cannot believe it. It’s crazy to think that almost a year ago I was deciding on which college I would attend and where I would live for a majority of the time. Just a year ago, I was worrying about what dress …

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 …