|Google's 2012 FEP team|
I spent this past summer at Google, Inc, developing internal tools for the AdSense team, specifically Google Programmable Ads. Being at Google was great; I loved my team and my intern cohort, the rest of the interns in the Freshman Engineering Practicum.
I'm not currently at Google; my internship ended at the beginning of August. Although it was a blast, all good things must come to an end.
I'm not at Mason, either. I was super excited to return to university, and was just about to buy my books and get ready to move in when I got an email from a former coworker at Ksplice, a startup Oracle acquired while I interned there last year. He was starting a new company which would focus on business communications. I'd be working with a bunch of my former coworkers, and based on what I had heard of the company's plans I was confident in their ability to make an awesome product.
Needless to say, when they decided to offer me a position working there full time, I jumped on it.
From an academic point of view, Mason didn't really have much of a mechanism to support this. Co-ops are uncommon there, and not really supported for more than one semester; a full year away had never been done, according to our career services. My department was fully supportive, however, so we managed to find a way to make it work. This involved filling out some oddly-named forms, such as Special Registration for Graduation Request, which the registrar asserted was the right form, trust us on this one.
|Myself and Obey Arthur Liu|
at a SIPB hackathon
To my friends at Mason: I miss you all. I know regardless of how the next year+ turns out, it'll be one one hell of a ride.