First Year Apple Summer Chronicles

You know that thing where you go to some really cool place to work over the summer (I’m pretty stocked about working at Apple), but you’re worried that you’re not going to squeeze the most out of it, so you create a Medium account so that you can translate your experiences and ramblings into nice, coherent paragraphs with a great color scheme?

Yeah, I’ve decided that that’s a good thing to do.

As of the time of this writing, I’m not really sure what this blog series is supposed to do, which is slightly disconcerting. I mean, most (if not all) of the things a person does always has some sort of purpose: you study to learn cool shit. You play video games or watch movies to avoid responsibilities. You try to get lunch with that cute girl so you can finally lay that nagging question at the back of your head and answer with certainty that yes, Josh Chao is doomed to live out the rest of his days forever alone. These are terrible examples, with accompanying terrible reasons, but the point is, everything that I’ve done has had some sort of obvious reason behind it, or at least, everything that wasn’t done spontaneously.

But this blog series isn’t spontaneous. Not for a bit. I’ve been mulling this decision for quite some time, not because creating and writing paragraphs is something inherently difficult to do (who am I kidding, committing to anything regular, especially writing, is pretty damn hard), but because for the longest time, I haven’t been able to put a finger on whether or not this endeavor of mine holds any actual worth.

Not to say that I don’t recognize the value of collecting one’s thoughts, condensing them into written structures, and regurgitating them all over a keyboard. But the fact of the matter is, I think I really could do by without starting a blog series. In fact, my internal monologues play out something a little like this:

Will this help me become a better writer? Yeah.
Do I want to become a better writer? Yeah.
Do I need to become a better writer to the point I’m willing to sacrifice a significant chunk of your time? Not really. 
Ah shit, time to find a better reason.

It’s been a struggle. I know what you’re thinking, though: “Who cares about what internal ramblings you’ve had? What made you do it in the end?” The answer, my poignant friend, was born out of mundane convenience. CSE 197 is a pretty dope course UCSD offers to students with summer tech internships. It’s basically four free units, and it basically follows something like this:

  1. Write some weekly reflection about your internship.
  2. Post said weekly reflection on a forum called Piazza.
  3. Comment on two other weekly reflections from other strangers, saying something like: “Stranger A, I have a similarity/difference from [content in A’s post], which is blah blah blah”. Or, “Stranger A, [content in A’s post] is actually really interesting! Please tell me more!”
  4. Rinse, wash, and repeat for the duration of your internship.

I mean, I’m not complaining. The things we’re expected of are valuable, and like I said, it’s free units. So I’ve decided to take this opportunity and write this damn blog series. It’s going to be sexy. It’s going to be packed with adventure. The perfect amount of sophistication, sprinkled with captivating vocabulary, and just the right amount of profanity / crass (read: offensive) humor.

In all seriousness, I do hope I write about things that are sophisicated, yet are still fun to read. It is actually quite difficult to combine colloqialism, humor, and intelligence in engaging content. Maybe I’ll draw small cartoons or some shit to accompany my stories. I don’t know.

At any rate, stay tuned for the next development in this exciting series! Also, feel free to leave suggestions for this series’ title, because at this point, it’s drier than my nonexistent love life.