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Working in Dubai– I Got an Internship! + Grand Mosque Visit

Time May 12th, 2015 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

After spring break I was lucky enough to have an interview with Mercer in Dubai. I had worked for Mercer at home in Des Moines during the summer and also during the Fall Semester and during that time had reached out to the office in Dubai about a possible job Shadow. When I met with them the expressed their interest in having me come into the office and work on a project for the remainder of my time in the UAE. I was ecstatic at the opportunity and it only got better when the offered to pay for my travel and give me a monthly salary. This was definitely meant to be and I have been extremely gracious of the opportunity.

With my working, I am now in Dubai three times a week minimum. This has opened my eyes to how much fun and lively Dubai is. It takes me about an hour and half to get to work, using a school shuttle and the metro, but by the time I’m there it feels as though I am in a completely different world. Dubai, unlike Sharjah, is much more liberal with the Islamic laws in culture. I see women and men professional dressed like they would be any where else in the world. The building I work in is called Dubai International Financial Center, DIFC, and it is a small city. It contains many international companies, restaurants, gyms, art galleries and more. If you have seen Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise runs through the building when chasing someone from the Burj Khalifa. Back to the excitment of Dubai, I find myself after work not being in a rush to get back to campus. I have met with friends for dinner around the city, gone to drinks with my coworkers, watched movies, watched the fountains, among other things. When I am in Dubai it feels much more exciting and has helped me realize that this could be somewhere I would want to live in the future if the possibility arises. The city never sleeps and there is always something exciting happening, you might just have to look for it a little. That is when you sue the “Time out Dubai” publication or their website. They share all of the upcoming events in the city.

This is short post, but I am also going to include some pictures of my visit to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. This structure is absolutely gorgeous inside and out. Myself and the other exchange students got in a little trouble when we posed for pictures, but beyond that it was an easy trip. Here is some facts about the Mosque. The pictures don’t do it justice, but when visiting the UAE it is a definite stop. Just make sure to dress appropriately otherwise you have to buy clothes from their store and they look pretty funny!

Going to Oman this weekend and the school year will be done before I know it! a month from today!


Why I quit my internship

Time August 23rd, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

I was the strange kid in the study abroad group simultaneously completing an American internship.

I worked at nights when I had finished (…maybe…) my homework and was in no danger of missing out on cultural experiences or, more importantly, time with my host family.

Not anymore. As of Thursday, I’ve given my two-week notice.
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Time March 30th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

This weekend I’m finally taking my first big trip since I landed in Sydney. I’m heading to Brisbane and Fraser Island with one of my best friends from home, Jenny, who’s on the study abroad program with Boston University. We fly in on Friday morning, spend the day in Brisbane, and get picked up for a Four Wheel Drive tour of Fraser Island that’ll last two days. It’s going to be incredible!

Everything has been going really well here. It’s so crazy to think that we’ve been here for a month and a half – where has the time gone?! Last I wrote, I was about to celebrate my 21st birthday. My birthday was on a Monday, when I had a full day of classes, so we went to Hunter Valley to go wine tasting the next day. What a GREAT trip. We went to five different wineries, tasted some amazing wine, and had a really nice day out of Coogee.

Another big change since I last wrote is…I am officially interning at Rolling Stone Australia! It is actually a dream come true. I started last week, and I couldn’t be happier. So far, I’ve been doing research, transcribing interviews, and writing reviews myself that might get published in the magazine. Is this Almost Famous?

I’m off to bed before a full day of class and a jam packed weekend – I’ll be sure it update with some pictures of the tour!