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LocalBizz is a product conception created during @productbuds Project Jam Protothon to bridge the gap around discoverability and trust of small businesses to increase users’s inclination to shop and support small businesses.

Overview

While local businesses strengthen and enrich our community, they now face unprecedented challenges keeping their business running since COVID-19. In a survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau, around 45% of small businesses reported being “largely negatively affected” by the pandemic, and around 40% reported being “moderately negatively affected” from April to October. People want to support local small businesses, as a study by Red Egg Marketing reveals that as much as 82% of shoppers will pay more to support small businesses. …


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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely my own and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Splunk, any other organization, or anyone else.

When Covid-19 hit and internships were getting cancelled, I couldn’t help but feel nervous. But, the leadership at Splunk did not believe in cancelling the internship. It never was a question of, “Will we have a summer internship program?” The only question was, “How will we do it? How can we make it impactful and memorable?”

And with that I began my three month journey as a splunktern from the beautiful view of my bedroom. But, wait you might be wondering what is a splunktern?

Definition of a splunktern — “a person who interns at Splunk”
Definition of a splunktern — “a person who interns at Splunk”
As stated by Splunk on their University Recruiting page

Splunk + Intern = Splunktern

I didn’t know at the time but being a splunktern would indeed bring me more joy and delight that I anticipated. …


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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to call out those who are able to manage their side gigs and are working hard to build their career. You are entitled to your hustle. This article is to raise awareness about the cost of losing yourself to the hustle to the point where you lose sight of your goal or it becomes detrimental to your mental, physical, and emotional health.

The Grind

I was in my final year at UC Irvine. I was President of Circle K at UC Irvine, double majoring in Computer Science and Business Information Management, interning at Panasonic Avionics, and participating in the intense recruitment cycle for a full time Product Manager role at tech company. …


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2020 is not the year we expected.

From wildfires to a global pandemic. No one could have predicted the scale of how bad things can get.

2020 is a wake up call.

It has given me time to reflect on myself — my journey, my everyday motivation, and my future aspirations.

Turning 23 today is just another day out of the year. But, it’s a day that reminds me to appreciate how far I’ve come in 23 years of life.

That’s why on this day, I want to share a compilation of 23 things — from my most cherished moments to notable achievements to present…


A person carrying laptop and preparing for departure at the airport.
A person carrying laptop and preparing for departure at the airport.

You spent the last few months meeting new people, learning about the company, and exploring your future career path. You think to yourself, “There’s not much to do in the last two weeks except closing out my project.”

Wrong.

Ending an internship doesn’t necessarily mean there’s not much to do.

That means you have extra time to do something you can only do because you are leaving.

So, let’s talk about what to do.

Set Up Proper Handoffs

During my final week as a Tesla Motors intern, I worked everyday as a full-time employee.

It’s time to wrap up your project in a bow for someone else. …


A picture of me, Ami, in my graduation attire in front of an Anteater statue.
A picture of me, Ami, in my graduation attire in front of an Anteater statue.

After staying in Irvine for 4 years, on June 30th, 2019, I packed up my car and officially moved back home.

I began to miss:

  • Spending time with my housemates cooking together and enjoying our home cooked meals
  • Making spontaneous, effortless plans with friends since we all lived walking distance away from each other
  • The overall environment where I learned how to fail and grow stronger

But, I also felt relieved.

I spent my final year severely wearing myself out due to my commitments and I no longer had those obligations on my shoulders.

I finally had time to do nothing. By that, I mean watch all the shows I’m behind on and the video games I haven’t touched in forever. …


A picture of a phone and airpods disconnected on a table.
A picture of a phone and airpods disconnected on a table.

There is a lot of noise in our world. There are so many voices to be heard. But, do you listen?

Feeling Down

Back in undergrad, I took 16 units with a part-time job while being president of 400+ member community service club. On top of all that, I was graduating in 5 months so I was on the job hunt and preparing for post-grad.

I took a quick break and went home to see an old friend. I expressed my stress and worries that have been on my mind.

“It just feels that I have so much to do, but so little time.” …


A picture of the author, Ami pointing to the Tesla logo on her shirt.
A picture of the author, Ami pointing to the Tesla logo on her shirt.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely my own and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Tesla, any other organization, or anyone else.

As I walked into Tesla for the first time, it hit me. It would be the first time working for a company with such a strong presence. I felt excited, yet nervous. Excited to find a way to build myself and deliver value to the team at Tesla. With that goal in mind, I started my journey at Tesla.

As I walked into Tesla for the first time, it hit me. It would be the first time working for a company with such a strong presence. I felt excited, yet nervous. Excited to find a way to build myself and deliver value to the team at Tesla. …

About

Ami B. Patel

Program Manager Intern @ Splunk | Aspiring Product Manager | persevering in life one day at a time 💫

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