Finally, I'm back!

Posted on 19 Sep 2011 15:39

Hey there, I've finally found some time to write a small blog post with the latest news… As you'd have already noticed, I've been really busy in the last couple of month with my internship and everything… And I skipped a couple of posts I should've written… *whistles* But anyways…

It was really hard and intense, but … rewarding and interesting at the same time. Doing the stuff I did. MSR is a great place to be, and I really mean it. I never considered Microsoft as a possible employer, but after these 12 weeks I totally changed my mind about it. Everything — the environment, the people, the projects — is fantastic. You can fully focus on what you want to do, and everybody is more than willing to help you. I'd lie if I said I don't want to return there. Right now. I WANNA GO BACK!!! Ahem, sorry…

And the US are so much different from Russia that I don't even know where to start. To give you an idea:

  • USA: paying for excess luggage in SeaTac airport. Less than 60 seconds, done by VISA. Nice and easy.
  • Russia: paying the customs fee in Pulkovo 2. About an hour of some slow-mo bureaucratic stuff, cash only. ATMs don't work or don't have enough money in them. What I'm supposed to do in this situation, I honestly do not know.

And that scales and applies to almost everything. I'm no "Russia hater", but I can see the harsh reality when it's in my face. And I perfectly understand that the US have their own problems, it's just that … The difference in average amount of "problems per day" here and there is overwhelming…

Oh well, I'm used to this. No problem. And they do say that "the grass is always greener on the other side". But in some cases, this is true…

Not to end this post on a bad note, I'm alive and kicking! Excited and inspired! I even wanna do something on my Ph.D research (which is very unusual for me)! To sum it all up, if anyone of you is thinking about possible internship options, do apply for MSR program. It is totally worth it. Every single moment of it. Every one of those 7,257,600 seconds =)

PS Expect some photos from me in the nearest future… If I'm not lazy enough… =)

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