Publicly, we’ve been pretty quiet about our summer internship which we announced a month ago. But behind the scenes, it’s been anything but quiet.
About 150 people entered the intern application and out of those, only 40 of those people moved on to Round 2. Round 2, like last year, was a time-based challenge: write three pieces (article, review, and/or guide) in 72 hours.
And, like last year, the response was overwhelming. Reading through these applications let us get to know a lot of you better. Some of you have awesome interests and specialties including PhD-level robotics, bento blogs, and pre-war anarch-feminism (how cool is that?!).
In the end though, one applicant was heads and shoulders above the rest. We’ll be running her Round 2 post over the next couple of weeks, and she’ll be writing for us for the rest of the summer.
Without further ado, let our new intern introduce herself!
Third day on the Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
I hail from North Borneo, although I now reside in New Zealand. I’m at a crossroads in my life somewhat. I had a stint as a lab monkey for a while, where I spent much of my time messing around with DNA. Now I’m trying to reinvent myself as a web developer cum designer cum writer.
I enjoy reading and watching movies, and prior to an unresolvable injury I was also an avid runner. Occasionally I entertain the notion that I might have a green thumb; these bouts are short-lived and ill-fated. I love Google and people-watching, but dislike clothes shopping and making the bed.
Gackt’s sophomore effort: his best yet (in my humble opinion)
My interest in Japan and Japanese started at university. My hostel neighbor played JPop and JRock songs all day, every day. I didn’t pay much attention until I heard Gackt’s “Story.” It was so beautiful I had to find out what he was singing about – and that was the start of what seems to be a lifelong addiction to all things Japanese. (Sophie, if you’re reading this, thank you.)
I’m absolutely stoked to be part of the Tofugu team, and I look forward to bringing you some interesting and insightful posts in the weeks to come.