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Navigating New York City internship one foot at a time

Eesha in her boot in New York City

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to intern in New York City with Deloitte doing technology consulting. It had always been a dream of mine to work and live in New York so I was beyond excited. I could not wait to see Broadway shows, run through Central Park, go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and much more. Little did I know this was going to be the most memorable summer of my life, just not for the reasons I thought.

My internship was in the field of consulting, which meant I had to travel to and from of my client site every week. I had been assigned to a large financial services company that had major offices all around the country and I was so eager to travel and get the real consulting experience. However, two days before I was supposed to go to my client site in Charlotte, North Carolina I tripped on a ledge and broke a bone in my foot. My summer of carefree New York experiences became much more arduous.

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I was bound to crutches, a knee scooter, wheelchair, plaster cast, and removable boot the entire summer. In all honesty it was the most emotionally and physically exhausting summer of my life. It was so hard to be in a new place without my family and be unable to do basic tasks, like walk or take the subway. It took me a bit to find my rhythm and not look at this freak accident as something that would ruin my summer but as something that would help me grow as a person.

Every time I felt myself complaining or being negative I would say “It could always be worse, but it will always get better.” Now I am not going to pretend that I all of a sudden became this positive person. I leaned on my mom and my friends so much. I think I called my mom 3-4 times a day when things felt impossible and I could never thank her enough for that. In the end it was still an amazing summer.

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I got to see 5 Broadway shows (including Hamilton!!). I traveled to 7 different states. I made some amazing friends. But, most of all, I learned how to adapt to any situation. In all this commotion I did not miss one day of work and still got to have the New York experience I was dreaming about. Overall, sometimes things just get hacked to pieces and you just have to make the best of them.

 

Eesha Patel is a senior from San Jose, California. She studies Industrial Management with minors in Engineering and Analytical Consulting, a perfect merging of her interests in STEM and business. In her free time, Eesha enjoys Broadway shows, traveling, and running.

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