Students + Startups in the Jungle: Navya's Final Reflections

Over the course of my internship here, I’ve learned a lot of valuable skills, met many amazing people, and have gotten to experience life in the amazing city of San Antonio. I have so many takeaways from this experience and I’m truly grateful for this internship.

One of my biggest lessons from this experience is that it’s okay to fail sometimes. There were a few instances where I couldn’t reach the goals that I set for myself, but that is because my starter goals weren’t aligned towards my final project. Throughout the internship, I changed up my goals in order to create a more effective experience to complete my project in a productive manner. I’ve realized that it’s okay to change things up, as long as it’s conducive and helpful towards your progress.

Another lesson I learned was the importance of being involved and making the most out of a co-working space like Geekdom. Through attending networking events here, attending meetings, and conversing with various people in the Students + Startups program, I’ve been able to foster connections that matter. I love learning about start-ups, the stories of entrepreneurs, and revolutionary technology and being a part of this environment was extremely insightful.

The last lesson I learned here was how mentorship is a two way street. I was mentored here, and I also had the opportunity to mentor high school kids as a part of an SAISD internship program with Jungle Disk. I loved being able to facilitate conversations in our team. Helping foster a creative, innovative and thoughtful learning experience for a group of high school kids was honestly a lot of fun and taught me a lot about communication and team building.

I am so glad that I have this experience, because it made me realize how important being in a startup ecosystem is for me. I love how explorative and exciting the work here is and I know that having this opportunity will help me out in the future as well!

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