It has been so long since my last blog that I am going to give a condensed version of my spring break experience. First, we travelled to Edinburgh with the entire GLS class of 2014. It was great spending time with everyone and not having to worry about classes or anything. Once our time ended in Edinburgh, we hopped on a train back to London, and a few of the guys and I flew to Athens the next morning. It was an interesting experience in Greece. I will probably remember it as my favorite destination of spring break, but it was by far the strangest part of our vacation. We saw all the great sites of Athens and even spent a day on the island of Aegina. After spending time in one of the most historical cities in the world, our next stop was another famous city. Rome was our final leg of spring break. We made the most of our trip by seeing all of the historical sites and eating at some of the famous restaurants. On our last day, we were able to travel to the beach for only a Euro each way. It was one of my favorite days of the whole trip. The best way to sum up my vacation is that it was “. . . anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostolgia.”
As for my internship, it has been very interesting thus far. It was not what I expected at all, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I was hoping to be doing more of investment banking or researching equities, but my placement was in Global Transaction Services. This is actually probably better for me right now, since I have little finance experience. Also, I have been able to learn how the relationship works between banks and multinational corporations, which gives me a broad overview of how money is used by international clients. This can help me in the future whether I work in a bank or in corporate finance. My team is great to work with, and although they are often very busy, they still find time to make sure I am learning and gaining from my experience. This internship has been a great opportunity, and it has surprised me how much I am learning in such a short amount of time. This may be my last blog before going home, so I hope you all have enjoyed the site that we created to share our experiences here in London.