If you remember from my other blogs, I am from Thailand and in the Global MBA marketing concentration. In my last week of my marketing internship at SNC Lavalin in Montreal, I finished my tasks: website proposal, marketing plan proposal, and brochure contents. I feel really glad and relieved that I actually added value to the company and the people there are taking my contributions into consideration.
I feel that my work, tasks, and assignments were successfully completed. In other words, my missions were completed. My last week of working at SNC-Lavalin as an intern would not be successful without the support and encouragement from my colleagues and supervisor. I felt relief that my supervisor and colleagues liked and bought into my marketing approach ideas for a specific project in Africa.
My supervisor gave me an opportunity to present this marketing plan to the Vice President of the Communication Department. This was on short notice. I did not expect to present my own ideas to the management level on the very last day at work. I was nervous, excited, and anxious at the beginning when I received the order from my supervisor, but even with those feelings, I managed to get everything done in line with the time constraints of only a few hours of preparation. I finished my plan, prepared slides, and then went up to the top floor for the presentation. I felt honored and it was the most meaningful experience of my entire internship time.
On another note, Montreal’s subway has a very heavy door on the entrance and exit. I think it may be because it is for heavy wind resistance. Most people have to push it very hard to open the door. There is an old man who holds the door for every morning during rush hours from 7-9 am so many people can walk in and out there. On my last day, I gave him some money to thank him for holding the door for me every morning on my way to work and he was so happy that he said “Merci Merci”.
Over the weekend, August 21 - 22, 2010, I could feel the weather change. This means a wind of change has arrived. I spent most of the time packing and preparing for the trip to go back to Boston. As I mentioned earlier, I had mixed feelings. I felt empty that I had to leave my good friends and moments there, but, I also felt excited that I will meet my old friends in Boston too. The moments of packing things, throwing out unused stuff, carrying luggage, and watching the bus taking off from the dock: these made me realize that it’s time to travel again and the unknown future is exciting and waiting for me. I know it sounds so dramatic but I know that most readers will understand it. J
Last night, August 23,2010, my best Japanese friend,Yasuha, who I met in Montreal, came to see me at my apartment before I left. My colleague, Souad, from work came by to see me and took some stuff I left for her. I gave food and empty bottles to the old homeless man who was searching for glass bottles at the garbage bin. My two Thai friends, Da and Poo, who I met in Montreal, came by to help me clear things and saw me off at the bus terminal. I really appreciated my friends' help and was grateful for everything.
2 months ago, in Montreal, I bought my first plant. It dried and produced no flowers. It is a euphorbia plant with little red flowers. It does not need a lot of water but needs a lot of sun. My Japanese friend, Yasuha, bought me a new bigger one. At first it almost died too, but I managed to keep them alive and growing beautifully. Unfortunately, last night, I had to give my beloved plants to Da and Poo. I will really miss my plants because I have been watching them and taking care of them every day. I googled up the meaning of this plant. The plant can predict the owner's luck by looking at the number of flowers. When I first got them, all the flowers had fallen, but then they started and continued to grow like in this photo. So, basically, I am quite attached to them.
This internship is my last piece of my Global MBA life here in Boston. I am really glad I did the internship at SNC-Lavalin for this summer 2010. I am also very thankful to everybody who is part of my life here in Montreal.
At this moment, I am back in Boston and I am very excited for the future comings as life goes on....on....and on.