The trial and error of my work life balance

By Minna Tang 

Hi all, my current GeoFilter tells me I am at South Kensington, London. Yes, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan are sort of my neighbors, but unfortunately I have not had the chance to meet them in person.

I am working at TAIT Stage Technologies as a HR Intern. I walked in thinking no one would take me seriously and now consider myself a part of the big family. People here are absolutely welcoming and willing to help. I have learned a lot through my job and found it absolutely rewarding when the result became useful for others. Since my company works with various productions locally, I was able to get some free tickets to see Broadway shows and get on the stages and backstages of theaters to see all the efforts behind a successful show. I don’t want to bore you with my job, so feel free to talk to me if you want to know more about it.

fullsizeoutput_46e6.jpegAlthough there is not much a cultural shock for me, there were still some hilarious incidents. My coworker asked me to get her some squash when I went downstairs for coffee. I came back with a cup of squash and everyone in the office burst into laughter. Apparently I had mistaken squash for regular juice since I thought it was something like ‘chips’ and ‘fries.’ However, squash is actually “a non-alcoholic concentrated syrup.” I learned then that the right way to drink squash is to add a lot of water and a little bit of squash. Therefore, if you think studying, working and living in London is exactly the same as home, you are probably should come here and check out the squash, Yorkshire pudding, toad in the hole and bangers and mash. No, you cannot just google them, you have to try them HERE.

Traveling was one of my favorite and least favorite parts. No one had told me about the tight schedules I would experience here, so I had to decide between red-eye flights to my checklist destinations and a more relaxing life schedule overall. Unsurprisingly I chose the traveling before the experience made up for everything. Oh, I cannot forget to give credit to all the coffee I had at 3am on the way to the airport.

Anyway, why are you still reading? Just click “apply” and submit your application NOW!

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Info Session with Andersen Tax

Last Tuesday we had the pleasure of hosting two professionals from Andersen Tax, an independent tax firm, come and talk about the firm. Andersen Tax was formed in 2003 by 23 public accounting partners and is one of the largest independent national firms in the United States. It was a great opportunity for those interested in accounting and tax to learn about the business of it all.

If you are hired as an associate, you go through various training sessions and spend two-weeks learning alongside new hires. Learning your role is crucial to your success at Andersen Tax. Some of the tasks you might have to do as an associate could be:

  • Helping prepare tax returns at the local, state and federal level
  • Gather client information
  • Understand the space
  • Participate in tax planning

Andersen Tax is looking for someone who is a self-starter, internally motivated, and passionate about tax preparation, with a willingness to learn and try new things.

Studying Abroad with herNetwork: Meredith in London

ParisHi, all! My name is Meredith Wilshere and I was the former Vice President of Social
Media and I will be the incoming Vice President of Marketing. I just finished studying abroad in London, and I absolutely loved every minute of it.

 
The program in London is a combination of both internships and classes. The first few
weeks are dedicated to taking two different class four times a week while getting Fridays off to travel and interview for the upcoming internship. I took International PR, which was a track course for PR in preparation for my internship, and Meet the Author, which was an English class where we read and reviewed contemporary books and met with the author to interview them and talk about their work. Spring break comes after these classes end, and then my internship, internship seminar, and my Modern British Drama class all started.

For my internship, I was the Brand and Corporate Intern at Engage by Bell Pottinger, an
international PR firm. Aside from traveling, my internship has been my favorite part of studying abroad. London is the perfect place to work, aside from a packed tube ride to work. Working in a different environment with co-workers that were willing to help really aided my transition from an American to a British workplace. There, I was working with financial, technological and global clients.

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I love each country that I traveled to for a different reason, but I loved the country of Scotland the most and the city of Paris the most. Through a trip that I booked via Boston University, we took a bus tour through most of Scotland, venturing into the highlands and driving through different mountain ranges and past battlegrounds. On a different note, I love Paris as a city because it was the trip I was looking forward to the most. I had spent my high school career attempting to master the language and learn about the culture. When I got to the city, I saw sights that I had only seen pictures of in textbooks. When figuring out directions or communicating with our taxi driver, I was able to use the French that I had learned to communicate. Above all, my friends and I had a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower, which brought small tears to my eyes. I wouldn’t trade my abroad experience for anything. (Sorry Boston!)

 

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Studying Abroad with herNetwork: Nicole in Dublin

Written by: Nicole Renteria

Dublin, Ireland

I am currently studying abroad in Dublin and absolutely loving it. I’ve been involved with herNetwork for the past two years. I was the previous VP of Operations and the upcoming Vice President! In Questrom, I study International Business with a minor in French Language.

While abroad, I’ve been interning at Centralis Ireland, a financial services firm. I have been loving every second of being here in Ireland. The people are great, the city is wonderful, and there is nothing more picturesque than the country side of Ireland. Just imagine fields and fields of green and sheep – it’s remarkable. Some of the best qualities from my time abroad have been the people I met. Not only the other students that I live with from Boston, but mainly the people I’ve met from Ireland. I have made lifelong friends from all over Ireland that have made a serious impact on my time here. My co-workers as well have been such a lovely addition to my experience. They are welcoming and great to be around, both in the office and outside of it.

Another great aspect of my semester abroad has been the opportunity to travel! I focused most of my time on seeing all of Ireland. I came to Dublin to get the full Irish experience, and you definitely need to visit the country side for the traditional aesthetic. My favorite city to visit in Ireland has been Galway. Everything you could ever imagine the Irish culture to encompass – you can feel when you’re sitting at a pub in Galway. Unfortunately, Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl came after we already visited but I think the song is reason enough to return! Outside of Ireland, my favorite travel destination was Barcelona. It’s an incredible city, with a lively culture and a great atmosphere all around. Barcelona is very different from the feel of Dublin, which made it more appealing to visit. It was great to visit somewhere completely different from where I’ve been living for the past few months.

These past few months have been an absolute joy to spend in Dublin. There is no better experience than studying abroad for a semester if you get the chance. Fair warning – the semester will fly by and you’ll be dreading the day you have to leave! Whether you end up in Dublin, or some other beautiful city across the world, make sure you stop into Ireland for a pint and save a dance at Dicey’s. Ireland has so much to offer, and you’ll be consumed by their pride and culture.

Studying Abroad with HerNetwork: Alex in Ireland

Written by: Alexandra Dellostrito

Dublin, Ireland

Hi everyone! I’m currently taking a break from my e-board responsibilities while abroad in Dublin, Ireland. If you’ve forgotten who I am, my name is Alex and I am a junior concentrating in finance. I was previously herNetwork’s VP of Community Outreach, but will be the VP of Finance next semester when I’m back in Boston.

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At the moment though, I’m sitting in my apartment on the University College Dublin’s campus sipping a takeaway Americano from our business school’s Starbucks (old habits die hard). I’m one of nine BU students taking part in Questrom’s Dublin Management Internship program. The academic program runs from January to the end of April, followed by a full-time internship from May to mid-June. Given that timeline, I’m approaching the part of the semester where actual studying becomes a bigger part of study abroad.  

That said, the school system here in Ireland is more relaxed than at BU. You have one or two assignments throughout the course of the year, but little else. So one great thing about being abroad in Ireland is that you have a lot more free time. You can pick up a new hobby, join a club or just relax and enjoy your time away. I’ve chosen the latter route and have spent most of my free time exploring the city or planning trips to other parts of Europe.

When I came to Dublin, I didn’t have an exact list of places I wanted to visit. I thought of a few countries that would be cool to see, but I wasn’t attached to any place in particular. By keeping my options open, I went to cities that never would have crossed my mind, like Vienna or Budapest. I knew that I wanted to see Spain at some point, but was unsure which city would be the best to visit. Ultimately, it came down to price. After a very inexpensive flight courtesy of Ryanair, I was off to Barcelona last weekend. Highlights from this trip include ordering a cappuccino in Spanish, eating an 0.80 baguette and exploring Park Güell with minor interruptions from pigeons.

While studying abroad in an English speaking country like Ireland doesn’t feel that different from studying back home, you can experience culture shock if you travel to non-English speaking countries. This is something I would absolutely recommend. Not being able to read maps or signs makes you think differently. I think I’ll be coming back home with a new set of skills developed entirely through traveling. Studying outside of the US was something I always wanted to do, but something I never thought would actually happen. It’s scary! Maybe it’s the finance major in me, but if I’ve learned anything it’s that you have to take risks. This one was definitely worth it.

Find Your Inner Feminist

Written by: Ly Phan

Title: 5 Movies that Help You Find Your Inner Feminist

Mid-terms period just finished. You only have a little time to catch a breath before finals period begin. Of course, there is not enough time to start and binge watch a new TV show. But, you definitely deserve a movie break. Today, we curated a movie list for you to relax, enjoy and find your inner feminist power.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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I’m sure you have heard a lot of buzz from this movie. It was nominated for several Oscars last year and the costume designs are just unforgettable. But my favorite part about this film is the female protagonist Furiosa. The movie sets in a time years after the collapse of civilization. At this time, women are treated like properties but Furiosa’s mission to liberate these women is refreshing and admirable. It shows acknowledgement of frustration and how to stay open to change which is surprising relevant to our current time.

 

  • Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

If action movie like Mad Max: Fury Road is not your type, then here is a more relaxing drama/romance option. Mona Lisa smiles sets in 1950s. It tells a story about a college professor and how she guides her female students to choose their paths after graduation. She showed them that marrying a rich husband and becoming a housewife is not the only path; they can strive for better. There are other ways to make use of their education at UCLA. Seeing these women at their cross paths in life is so relatable since we are at that stage of our life as well.

  • Short Term 12  (2013)

Starring Brie Larson (my favorite actress, feminist), Short Term 12 tells the story of a supervisor while dealing with her personal crisis but still refuse to ignore the needs of others in her community. Brie Larson is known for her Oscar winning performance in Room (2015), but her performance in this movie is no less good. Seeing her in this film is definitely just the motivational girl power boost you needed.

  • How to Be Single Single (2016)

If the above 3 films are too heavy for you, How to Be Single is just the kind of rom-com you are look for. What we love about this movie is that you will find a piece of you reflected in one of the 4 women in this movie and the dilemma that they face. The film is relatable but also teaches its audience one important lesson about feminism. It is that women have control of their lives and can make their own decision whether that is being single and doing things for themselves or allowing a man to come into their lives.

  • Frida (2002)

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Today, we are ending the blog with a classic movie. Frida, starring Salma Hayek, features the true story of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter who became one of the most acclaimed artists in Mexican history. For us, there is no better way to channel our feminist  than celebrating the life story of a talented woman with a beautiful artistic mind like Frida Kahlo.

Recap: Women’s MBA Panel

Written by: Jacqueline Galichon

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herNetwork was visited by several women from the Women’s MBA Association in Questrom. They shared with us more about what the MBA program is like within Questrom including the student life, curriculum, and professional opportunities. They highlighted the program’s emphasis on networking and professional events that occur on the regular. This is because the turnaround is just two years, compared to four for undergraduates. The Feld Career Center does a great job providing these networking opportunities that reflect the students’ interests.

Additionally, BU offers students the option to pursue two master’s degrees – one in business and one in public health. This was a key defining factor for several of the women. Many of the panelists have a public health background including previous work experiences in hospitals and healthcare administration. They came to BU to pursue an MBA and/or MPH in order to enhance their career further in the health sector as well as in consulting. In general, the MBA student body is diverse regarding undergraduate degrees, prior work experience, and post-graduation goals. This makes for a collaborative and dynamic environment for sharing ideas. We would like to thank all the amazing women who sat on our panel!

If anyone has any questions or is interested in learning more about the women, please contact herntwrk@bu.edu.