My first day as an intern in EMC’s Data Protection and Availability (DPAD) division was May 27th, 2014. I remember that day clearly. I walked into the building very disoriented and overwhelmed in many ways. It was such a large building with so many people all around me and I began to feel nervous. I went up to the security officer at the front desk and told them it was my first day and I was told to ask them to call someone to come down to the lobby and get me. The officer immediately welcomed me to EMC and started a regular conversation with me. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the officer made my nervousness disappear. A short while later a gentleman came through the doors and introduced himself. He told me he would be helping me get setup. I followed him to my cube and he gave me my laptop and some basic instruction for what to do on my first day. Throughout the day, he checked in with me several times. His constant check-ups allowed me to feel comfortable going to him with questions because I knew he genuinely wanted me to be comfortable and succeed.
I learned very quickly after that experience that he was not the only one that truly cared about helping me get the best of this wonderful opportunity I had. Everyone I spoke with in my first week and all summer made a point to tell me that if I need anything, anything at all that they would do anything they could to help me. I was amazed at how many people reached out to me and offered to help. Before the end of my first week, I already felt like a part of the community. I felt like the relationships, connections, friends and conversations I had were all sincere. The welcoming I felt in this community was unlike any other. This is a feeling I will never forget and I hope that everyone will have a chance to experience this at some point in their lives.
One of the things I was directed to look into during my first week was this new intranet platform thing called Inside EMC. I had no idea what to expect. I went to the website and it was immediately clear to me that the sense of community I felt was something that EMC worked very hard to maintain. At first, it was extremely confusing. I could not understand how a medium between social and productive content could be created. I slowly began posting some content and joining a few groups in hopes of meeting some other interns and learning more about EMC as a company. Within two weeks of starting I had already had a lot of conversations with people from all over the US and elsewhere around the world. I made friends in my first two weeks at EMC that I plan on staying in touch throughout college.
After getting acquainted with Inside EMC, I was contacted with some work. I had trouble understanding the acronyms and I knew as part of my job that I would be using them a lot. So I reached out to someone who was very willing to help. He was thrilled that I had questions and answered them as best he could. At that point I felt confident that I could do the work I was given and if I had a question or concern I could reach out. That realization changed my mindset and outlook on college, future jobs and the rest of my life in a big way. I will never hesitate to ask questions or become involved.
Now that the summer is coming to an end, the things I will miss most become apparent to me. I will miss the community, my desk, my friends, my co-workers, the building, the events and the work. Looking back now, I realize I will miss the things that intimidated me in the beginning. I am sad that I am getting ready to leave EMC but I could not be happier with the experience I had. I gained technological knowledge and experience, insight into who I am and what I want to do with my life, connections to people in the business world, life lessons I will never forget, and friendships I will cherish forever. I will carry all of these things with me to college and wherever life takes me.