Planning

 

I arrived in Liberia on June 14th excited to get started with my research but not exactly knowing what to expect. Beyond knowing what I wanted to research and which students I would studying, I did not have a solid action plan, partly because I was not sure what the environment in which I was working would allow. I decided that my first step of action needed to be to acclimate to Monrovian life and become familiar with the culture before I could determine how to execute my research. I spent the first few days in Monrovia exploring the city and getting to know the students, faculty, and structure of MFA. Spending time with MFA’s teachers and founders allowed me to grasp the expectations of students in Monrovia as well as the barriers they face. With this knowledge, I was able to create a plan of action. First, I had to get IRB approval from the University of Liberia, which entailed writing up in detail my plans. This allowed me to receive Liberian input on my research as well as to really flesh out my plan.

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Conclusion Blog Entry

So that wraps up my summer in Israel. I’m glad to be back in Williamsburg where it is less hot than Jerusalem, even though it is more humid. I learned about front-end design along with getting data from and API and refreshing it on a page, and data upkeep. Also I learned about Jewish thought and Israeli culture. I wish I had known more Hebrew before going, and that is the advice I will give in the future to people who go on my program. I’m confident the skills I learned at my internship will prove useful to my future career development as well.

Living in Israel

My third post will be about the other part of my time in Israel; daily life in Jerusalem. This was the immersive experience quite similar to study abroad, except for a few caveats. I’m going to go into those, and then I will discuss what I enjoyed and learned about Israel.

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Working at GreenQ

In my last post I was about to start working at my internship. For the majority of my summer I worked at a software startup called GreenQ, which makes hardware to put on garbage trucks to make them smarter. Then the hardware would collect data about the city’s garbage collection process, and over the course of months and eventually years they would get enough data to give the city advice for how to minimize costs with garbage collection. For instance with their first truck, within 3 months they told the city they could collect only 2 days a week if they collected along a modified route. There were a lot of other ways the business could grow, and it was for the most part a fascinating look at how a business works. One thing that happened was that they installed cameras on one truck, and it opened a world of AI and natural language processing possibilities. This taught me about how a startup pivots as the needs of the market and their product change.

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Final Summary: GED Programming in Correctional Facilities

Final Summary: GED Programming in Correctional Facilities

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