ADI 實習生 林同學
Endless trip in ITALY
This was the seventh year of the TIP program, but this was the first time we included internships in Milan. Although there were a lot of problems at the beginning, including a delay of six months, things did end on a positive note.
My experience was not the same as other interns; I was separated from the other interns in the program from the moment I boarded the plane. WI had to find accommodation on my own and did not make contact with the company till I arrived in Milan. There was nobody I could turn to for helpn, but I believed just because of this, I was forced to become independent.
The company did not require my attendance every day, and I only took one course at the university, so I had a lot of time to do other things, such as watching exhibitions, traveling, participating in school activities and so on. Actually, I spent most of my time on traveling. It was not easy for me to find companions totravel with, so I decided to travel by myself. Perhaps because I went alone, I actually made more friends this way. Traveling sounds like fun, but I treated it as a serious matter. I cherished the new things and new people I met every day. Although I passed by many places, I did take my time at each location. I liked to explore a place at a leisurely pace in a day, observing the changing scenery, the local people, or the tourists. Every time you looked around, you would find many interesting things. Traveling seemed easy but there were also unexpected events, like serious flight delays, getting lost in the middle of the night, closure of the museum I wanted to visit, spending more than the budget, etc. Although I felt upset and uneasy in those moment, now they have become the memorable moments in my trip and the most worthy experiences to share with others.
The internship itself was quite challenging, because I had to take orders from both the company and my advising professor, and often both sides had different instructions, which made me unable to carry on my work at times. But due to this situation, I learned to think independently. Once I threw out a new idea, both the company and my professor would give me more freedom to determine what to work on. Even though I still think I didn’t accomplish much for the compant, I’m very grateful to ADI. Although there existed a language barrier between us, I could stillfeel your care for me.
In just half a year, I encountered too many things, and these memories are full of laughter, sweetness, unease, and even anger; the negative emotions are also an inseparable part of this cherished experience. Because of all the friends who helped me along the way, this trip became richer andmore meaningful to me.