Este semestre, estoy trabajando para la empresa Novayre. La compañía fue fundada en 2007 con el objetivo de traer innovación al sector tecnología. Los fundadores son Victor Ayllon, el director general, y Juanma Reina, director de tecnología. Victor ha trabajado en sectores diversos como telecomunicaciones, finanzas, y eléctricos en mas de tres países, completando proyectos del desarrollo de tecnología. Juanma es un especialista en gestión de información. Con su objetivo de innovación, Victor y Juanma se usaban sus experiencias de más de 15 años en el sector TIC para crear Novayre, una consultoría solamente para el desarrollo de tecnología.
In just one month in Spain, I have gone through orientation, met tons of new people (both American and Spanish), finished a two week intensive Spanish course, finalized my class schedule for the semester, and visited four different Spanish towns/cities. Yet, the lens that I viewed all of that through changed after reading an assigned article last week in one of my classes. The title of the piece is “The View from the Veranda.” The writing compares American study abroad students to colonial settlers. Years ago, settlers left their home countries to move to new colonial lands. They sought the adventure and excitement of travel and a new land. However, most only experienced colonial life through the view from their verandas: they engaged with the colonies enough to enjoy the excitement of something new, but they brought the amenities of their home countries and never immersed themselves into the native culture at a level that would be uncomfortable. Though I had never though of travel abroad in this sense, I see the truth in it. American students studying abroad expect the conveniences of home (internet, their own room, hot water, classes structured in American form, classes with the same dates as American semesters, etc.), even when it may not be the norm of the host culture. I definitely fall victim to many of these demands, as I don’t believe I could truly give up ties with my life back in the US. However, my goal is to strike a balance in which I leave my comfort zone on a daily basis. So far, I have accomplished this through my classes, my internship, and my travels.