Two months of making perfection perfect

Microsoft came to campus some time ago for a recruiting drive. I knew that my odds were low but I wanted the experience, and no matter what the odds are, there is still a chance. Talking to the recruiter went very smoothly; I liked talking to him and he liked talking to me. He made notes on my resume before dropping it in and I walked away happy.

The actual first-round interview was not so smooth. It was not so much an interview as an interrogation. To be fair, the interviewer single-handedly had to deal with two dozen people over the course of two days, and as I was the penultimate, I was going to get the short end of the cordiality stick. I tried to establish a casual talking environment, picked up on every cue that was dropped in order to promote talking and build a rapport, but he was not interested in a rapport. He was there to weed out candidates and that is exactly what he did.

I felt confident that I did well where it counted, but it was not enough. I was not invited to a second-round interview, the multi-day affair where Microsoft flies you over to Washington and pays for everything so that they can subject you to a day-long interview gauntlet.

However, I am completely fine with not moving onto the second round. And that is because I already have plans.

The plans looked a bit like this, hastily scribbled onto a piece of paper with an old Spanish homework. They was spurred into being by Chris, and dreamed up and laid out during one of my classes. It was the roadmap to an essay that, with Shelly‘s help, won me a scholarship.

My benefactor was a UK-based software testing company that was moving into Burlington, Massachusetts. They recently started a program that offered scholarships to BU computer science students, the winners receiving a lump sum as well as an internship.

The money was definitely enticing, but the internship was the much more valuable prize. Being very young and having so little experience, I would cherish any opportunity to build up my resume and gain momentum. The internship was originally scheduled to be in Burlington. Its actual status was up in the air for a few months until I was notified that no, there was in fact no place for me at their Burlington office, but they would remain true to their word and offer me an internship.

In England.

Exeter, England to be more specific. For two months I am going to be staying at the University of Exeter and working for a company generous enough to provide me this opportunity. I’ll have two months to see whether the sky looks any different in Europe than it does in America and whether cars driving on the wrong side will faze me. Two months to collect as much foreign currency as I can, since it seems to be the most popular souvenir requested so far. Two months of a five-hour time difference from my friends. Two months alone being somewhere I never thought I would be compelled to be by myself.

But for you, my readers, it will be two months of posts and pictures, of pining and preaching. And for me, at the very least, two months of preparing for off-campus life next school year.

9 comments on Two months of making perfection perfect

  1. Oh my…!!! I am so excited for you Steve-o! Your chart is too hard to read (not the handwriting, merely the organization of it and the abundance of text) but is it related to that game you were developing? That is so terribly exciting, regardless of how you go there. Pictures! Posts! Excitement!

    1. *smile* The confusion was part of my intent. I originally wanted to show the finished essay, to show a progression of “what the heck is this garbage” to internship, but it was too much work to get it up there.

      The essay was not about the game I was developing, but instead abuot the video game industry and its lopsided standards for bug testing. Considering the company is in software testing, I was able to work it into the essay well.

  2. Sweet! Congratulations!

    I totally flunked the bullshit portion of the Microsoft interview because I just couldn’t hold back the sarcasm and dislike for their system, so that was a satisfying experience.

  3. Wow. =] That must have been fun getting early experience interview with Microsoft. ^__^ Yay new post and an exciting one at it too. Congrats for getting that kick ass internship.

    =] Well you better start learning British. LOLOL! I think you’ll find it very cute when they speak with the British accent. I get a kick out of it, because they sound proper even if they’re talking slang.

    You better take tons of pictures, because you’re such a great model with magnificent poses. =DDD

    I expect some bloggy blogg about your experience as well! I don’t think I’ll be able to program, but maybe live through your wonderful experience. I love reading people’s blogs, because you get to look at things in many angles.

    ^___^ I’ll be in Europe myself, but touring around Germany, Austria, etc.

    1. I wouldn’t say the interview was fun, but it was definitely helpful. I’m glad I made it as far as I did, at least.

      I’m trying to imagine myself with a British accent, but it’s difficult XD .

      Whoa I didn’t know you were going abroad too! Your set of sights sounds significantly cooler 😉 .

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