The highlight of my last spring break ever (!) was a trip into warm, sunny Boston to get the job search officially going.
It was an interesting two days. I visited three companies, all with slightly different vibes. The first, Upstatement, is a small web design firm—founded by SU grads!—specializing in news outlets. They do work for clients like NPR and the Boston Globe in a super cool old brick building in South Boston.
It was more of a networking visit than anything else. I was nothing but impressed with what's happening over there, which pretty much aligned with everything I've heard about them around campus. When I realized the office was a stone's throw from South Station, it seemed crazy not to go talk to them.
That afternoon I took the T to Leaf, a two-year-old startup in the Kendall Square vicinity of Cambridge that builds custom tablet devices catered to small businesses. My former boss and some colleagues from TripAdvisor are over there now, so it was fun to catch up with them. The team is growing really fast—it's doubled in the past couple months—and they've got some product updates in the pipeline. It will be cool to see where they're at by the end of their third year.
TripAdvisor was of course the biggest company of the three. I took a whole day for that visit because there were so many people to say hi to and new people to meet. It was awesome to be back there, though. They've also got some great changes in the works. Really exciting stuff.
The best part of the whole trip was I didn't even need to mess with traffic. MBTA just built an extension of the commuter rail about 45 seconds from my parents' place in Rhode Island, so it's just under a two hour ride into South Station. On a good day it would take me less than an hour to drive in myself, but let's be honest, there is almost never a good day for traffic in Boston. In on the 7:42 and out on the 4:08, all with a book in hand? I'll take it.