Moving to Irvine, CA working for Blizzard Entertainment

After graduating from Syracuse University recently, I am so excited to be working with Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine,CA!!! I am a huge fan of their games and I will be working as a Associate Web Data Analyst within the Battle.net group. Excited about what I will be working on in terms of data analytics and improving User Experience.

Following are my clicks from the recent visit to the HQ.

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Spring Break in Silicon Valley 2015

Last Spring Break, I was on the immersion-course trip, Spring Break in Silicon Valley (or SBinSV), a once-in-a-lifetime experience specially designed for Syracuse University students. It was an experience of the lifetime. We visited companies like LinkedIn, Twitter, Dropbox, Box, AirBnB, Elevate Labs, Aruba Networks, Mattermark and 26 more companies and interacted with people who make these companies. Visit the link below to learn more about my learnings in the trip.

Source: Have You Applied to Attend ‘Spring Break in Silicon Valley’ Yet?

Summer Internship 2015 NYC

This summer, I will be interning with The Madison Square Garden Company as a Student Associate in their Chief Technology Department! I look forward to my time in NYC and the summer internship 2015 experience.

It already has been three days since start of my internship and it has been great. I will be working on some very cool new technologies and contribute in creating memorable experiences for MSG’s customers but also I will be working with and learning from some of the smartest and coolest people in business. So far I have already learnt a lot about IT project management and technology architecture of some of the coolest projects. I also get to experience The Garden from like very few people do, which I consider is a privilege.

Apart from the my internship I also look forward to utilize my time at The Big Apple by eating at so many places that the city offers, interacting with some of the smartest people in the business and making the most out of my summer.

 

Spring Break in Silicon Valley!

Update (11/6/2016) : SBinSV was an awesome experience. Read about my thoughts here

I am going to spend my Spring Break in Silicon Valley!

This is going to be such an awesome opportunity. I was selected from a pool interdisciplinary applicants to visit Silicon Valley’s startups, established companies and VCs during my spring break 2015 for a credit bearing course. We are going to visit awesome companies, For ex:- Google, Dropbox, Box, Linkedin, twitter, udemy, Elevate and many, many more.

I am very excited to go on this tour because Silicon Valley has this reputation of being home to some of the most stupendously successful companies. I want to experience what makes these companies successful? It will be an excellent opportunity to interact with people behind these companies. Also because I have never been on the west cost of the country!

We are flying there in the first week of March. More on that soon!

Two days in Boston

‘Boston, Massachusetts’, I had heard about the beauty of the place.
So when I landed in Syracuse the first thing in mind was to pay a visit to the city and find out by myself what all the fuss is about. I took a bus ride to Boston in Greyhound bus from Syracuse. I even got 20% discount on my ticket thanks to the Student Advantage Card.

Boston is the first big city in US that I paid a visit to, and oh boy! I wasn’t disappointed.

History is ingrained in Boston area. Being a place which holds a great place in history because of events that took place here during the American revolution. There are too many places too do here and 2 days do not do justice to the city especially if you have plans to meet catch up with friends as well. Out of the places I visited here my favourites were:-

1) The Freedom Trail
What a wonderful way to know about the American Revolution than to do the Freedom Trail in Boston!
The trail is actually a walk that takes you around midtown Boston and touches all the landmarks and places which hold a significant place in American Revolution. The trail is actually ingrained in the ground with the help of brown tiles. You just follow the brown tiles and it takes you to great places. You need to do it really. You can take a guide to do this trail so that you know the historical significance of each place or you can use Wikipedia for this purpose and also do some initial research before going there. It starts at Boston Commons and is a good 2.5 mile trail. This trail takes a good part of the day to complete, so come prepared!

2) New England Aquarium
Fancy seeing some weird fishes and whales and penguins? This is place is for you!

3) Quincy market and Harbour area
There are so sooo many things to do here. Street artists, fast food, restaurants bars, vendors, music, art and what not. I enjoyed the most sitting on the harbour area and listening to slow paced instrumental songs played by an artist and getting lost in the dream world 

3) Massachusetts Avenue
Boston is also an intellectual city. On this avenue you will find MIT and Harvard University. I even went to Harvard Museum of Natural history. It was really good and again took a lot of time of my day.

Places I wish I could see (reserved for next time)

1) Museum of Fine Arts
From what I have read and heard this is one fine museum. The ticket is worth $25. It would take you a whole day to explore this museum. The ticket is good for second day as well.
I really really want to go there!

2) MIT campus
If you are a student like me, don’t you want to pay a visit to the campus?

3) Fenway Park
I am aware that Boston Red Sox is a BIG name in baseball. This place is the home ground of Red Sox.
I don’t know much about baseball so kept this place for next time, when I will know more about the game.
Transport tips:-

Boston subway is really great. It was easy to get around the city with the help of it. The frequency too is good. You can keep in mind that if the train is going to the downtown crossing station then it is an inbound train and if it is going away from this station then it is an outbound train.

Happy exploring!

I will try to update more of my travel experiences.