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Frey ’19 Talks His Lessons on Nationalism, Identity, and Cuisine

Charles Frey ’19 Rudolph Scholarship – Mark Twain wrote in The Innocents Abroad, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” After spending two weeks (out of four; thank you Rudolph Family for your generous scholarship) in Toulouse, France for my summer study abroad, I would agree with Mr. Twain. The amount I’ve grown, both in the French language and in my world view, continues to surprise me. Through my coursework, excursions, and evenings spent talking with my host family or mes comarades des classe around a glass of wine (rosé, usually), I’m always learning something new.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) offers two courses in Toulouse for the summer months – Business & Culture (BC) and Language & Culture (LC). I am in the LC class with nine other students learning about French national identity, history, education, and many other facets of French culture. Through these classes, we connect what we know (i.e. American culture, identity, politics, history, etc.) with the content being taught in class and I realize every day that humans are more alike than we are different. This goes for the positive and the negative, and currently both nations – France and the US – are tackling similar wicked problems, from immigration to women’s equality to LGBT+ acceptance in society. Like I said, more similar than it seems, even from across the sea.

Aside from the class, our program offers an overnight excursion and several cultural activities in Toulouse and elsewhere. Our whole group, BC + LC, went to Ariège for an overnight trip, where we dined at a small, family run foie gras farm, walked llamas in a mountain village, spent the night right outside the Pyrenees, toured a pre-historic cave (with caveman drawings not unlike those seen in the Bachelor), and visited a castle. It was a jam packed schedule but completely worthwhile, filled with experiences and memories I know I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. In Toulouse, we cooked a French meal as a group with a professional chef, went to Le Capitole for Fête de la Musique, and listened to an opera recital. This is all within the first two weeks!

The times that I’ve enjoyed the most are the impromptu moments, though, with my classmates and host family. Some are here for all three summer sessions, some are just here for one (like me), and others are here in Toulouse for the month and continuing on for a separate course in another CIEE site. Each day we’ve talked about life back home, personal experiences, religion, family, where we’ve traveled, and topics we’re passionate about – such as philosophy, women’s voices on campuses, linguistics, and so much more. As for my host family, I can’t thank them enough for how wonderful my stay has been. In a world filled with prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, I’m thankful to have met such amazing people opposite of those traits through this program. Merci beaucoup Toulouse, et à bientôt Wabash!


Kopp ’21 Perseveres Through A Unexpected Challenge

Justin Kopp ’21 LABB InternIt was Monday, July 2ndas my business plan group walked over to the MXI at 8 AM to meet before the start of the day. It was about 24 hours until, “Pronto,” my business group of Darian Phillips, Matthew Fajt, Ben Leander, Don Schuch, Nick Winter, and myself had to present downtown at Salesforce our app that allowed the gig economy to pick up short, quick jobs and make cash. While my group and I had been working diligently over the course of the summer, it was time to kick it into gear, as we were not prepared to present the final product. Once we got to the classroom, Roland briefed the groups that it was go time and we would all present that afternoon to him, Alejandro, and Arlen. This put even more pressure on the group, as we had to have a coherent slide show and presentation to run through within the next six hours. My group rushed upstairs to our meeting room and immediately began writing tasks on the white board then signing our names next to the tasks we planned on creating. After many hours of hard work and working through lunch, we had developed a presentation that was presentable enough to present to a small group, but had a long way to go, as Roland let us know about five words into the presentation. After the presentation, Roland, Alejandro, and Arlen provided with about two pages worth of advice and changes that needed to be made before our final presentation. We ran back up to our meeting room and wrote down all the new tasks on the white board then signed our names by which ones we could do. The group worked until 5 PM, took a three hour, and a much needed, break, before meeting again at 8 PM to make the finishing touches and run through the presentation a couple times before getting some rest. Around 10 PM we decided we should meet at 7 AM the next day to run through just a couple more times. We woke up early, presented a few times for practice, and then went to Salesforce. Before the presentation we found out we had to condense our presentation to fifteen minutes, which we did rather successfully and did a good job. All in all, it was a great experience and we had a lot of fun and learned a lot.


Warbinton’s ’20 Sweaty Summer in the Nation’s Capital

Kyle Warbinton ’20 NASPA– I’ve been privileged to spend my summer in the center of America’s political scene and fully immerse myself in the hustle and bustle, gossip, and work that happens in Washington, D.C. With this being my first trip to D.C., I don’t think I was truly ready for what I would be experiencing over my eight-week internship. The city is unlike any other in the country, and one needs time to adjust to the style and etiquette that accompanies living and working there. For a city that is as hot and muggy in the summer as Washington can be, the dress is quite conservative and sometimes downright miserable. Learning the art of taking public transit is also somewhat confusing but mastering it will allow anyone to get around the city in a quick and efficient manner. As I said, D.C., due to the nature of its work setting, is quite different than most metropolitan areas.

I’ve been interning at a student affairs and higher education organization called NASPA. The group caters to the needs of almost all higher education institutions in the U.S. and pushes for policy reform for the student affairs profession. In working with NASPA, I’ve gained invaluable knowledge that I think I can use right away when I return to Wabash. In learning, studying, and researching the major issues surrounding student affairs today, I think I be better prepared for my upcoming role representing the student body as president. I can’t thank my co-workers and fellow interns enough for welcoming me to their group and engaging in meaningful dialogue regarding the state of our college campuses today.

To add to my experience with NASPA, I’ve also been privileged with being a Ronald Reagan Institute and Foundation summer scholar. The many different friends and memories that I made through this program showed me that there is hope and a future for productive discourse on our most divisive issues. I can’t wait to see what my fellow Reagan scholars will accomplish as they return to impact their communities around the world.

In a nutshell, my experience this summer has been eye-opening, far too fast, and life-changing. I’m glad that I got to experience D.C. in full, and I can’t wait to apply myself, with my new knowledge, back at Wabash.


Albrecht ’21 Gets An In-Depth Look at Life in Local Government

Jackson Albrecht ’21 Crawfordsville Mayors Office – The Crawfordsville Mayor’s Office Internship has provided me with a diverse array of experiences. From running the city’s social media pages to doing data analyses on economic development in community paramedicine, I stayed busy learning new things on the job each day. I got to attend meetings – a lot of meetings – which I quickly realized account for an extensive portion of the mayor’s busy schedule. 5-10 meetings a day make up a “light day” as Mayor Barton put it; between individual meetings, conference calls, and weekly/monthly meetings such as city council, board of works, planning, project, or workforce development, etc.

Between sitting in on meetings, I spent a majority of the opening weeks of my internship taking photos around the city and at various events. These photos are now being used for the ongoing city website re-design, social media updates, marketing pieces like brochures and advertisements, and even made an appearance on the channel 13 news. So far, the second portion of the internship has been slightly more project driven. I’ve run data analyses and used their statistics for presentations about community paramedicine, presented to local and state representatives, health commissioners, hospital officials, and potential project investors. I’ve gotten to sit in on a site visits under an N.D.A., write award nomination letters for the IERC (Indiana Emergency Response Conference), and even plan a visit for the lieutenant governor.

It has been a great hands-on learning experience. Whether it’s been about the ins and outs of local government, project and economic development, bettering my skills of analysis and utilization of data, developing my interpersonal and professional skills, or just grasping a better understanding of the behind the scenes action in Crawfordsville, I get to learn new things every single day. This internship has been an awesome, fun learning experience and I’m looking forward to having it extended through the remainder of the summer!


Hill ’21 Gains Valuable Lessons In Leadership

Ahmaud Hill ’21 TMC Workforce– This summer I was given the opportunity to internship at TMC Workforce a logistics factory located in Fort Wayne Indiana. My experiences while interning at TMC have been have been wonderful and very enlightening. A typical work day for me at TMC consisted of arriving at 8am to the warehouse where the first task would be to pick all the orders for that day. There are 2 sides to the warehouse UPS and FDX each side has their own specific orders. Picking is a process of finding a products location, picking the requested amount, and boxing it. After all the picking is finished next would be to ship all the orders picked to their proper destinations. Some packages are shipped out of the country most are shipped inside of the U.S. After the shipping is finished the day is pretty much over a few cleaning tasks and rapping the shipped orders. Although this is how most days went during week 6 of my internship the company was given a special task to help bring in more revenue by producing a new product to ship items cheaper and easier. I was tasked with producing these new products and was entrusted to bring in reliable workers from my personal circle to help complete the task. While the regular staff did the typical workload for the day I would work with the crew I brought in and a couple other to produce the products. I was the first to learn how to properly make them so I taught everyone else how to do so. The project was given until June 27th to be finished and we finished the entire task a day early. This is my favorite experience from the internship because the task was a big deal for the company and not only did we complete it, but we were early. Also, I proved myself to be reliable and able to handle a leadership role. I connected with everyone in the company and made a lot of new friends while gaining experience and proving myself to be a reliable employee. This internship has been amazing and I thank TMC Workforce and Wabash College for the opportunity.


Martinez ’21 And His Museum Of Science And Industry Experience

Cesar Martinez ‘21 Museum Of Science and Industry – Being a Wabash man has allowed me to experience something so exceptional in this current internship.  I’m interning at the Museum of Science and Industry at Chicago for this summer.  The reason why I was looking forward for this involvement was because I truly believed that it would have been a great first action towards my career as a student and as my career after I graduate from college.  I’m currently a Computation Math major and a Computer Science minor with the intension to become a Graphics and Film Designer, or a Programmer. While interning at this museum I have been gaining useful skills on software, 3D printing, graphic designing and communication.

When I started this internship, I was put on the Exhibit Research team and on the Fab Lab team.  Olivia Castelleli is my boss for the research team and we work together on newly exhibit research projects.  Currently, I am working on a Food Tally research project.  Food Tally is one of the exhibits that is on action today in the museum but the museum decided to make an upgrade.  This food tally exhibit consists on the balance of nutrition for every type of person.  My job has been to do research on signature foods for every state in order to create a wide spread of options for the guest when it comes to creating their own dish. With that, I have been working on spreadsheets involving the nutrition facts for every type of food that will be displayed in the exhibit.  Also, before putting this idea in action, a prototype must be developed.  I have been working on a prototype that will involve accurate facts about maintaining a balanced diet between healthy foods and foods that you like to eat on a daily basis.  This research project also involves a lot of interaction with people. In order to create valid points and facts towards nutrition and how people react towards the idea of healthy foods, I have been asking questions and creating conversations with guests around the museum about this topic.  This research experience has been making me like research even more now.

Daniel Meyer is my boss for the Fab Lab team and we work together on helping him with Fab Lab workshops and camps.  During this experience, I have been trained in how to become an expert on the following software’s: Flash Print, Sculptris Alpha, Inkscape, and Silhouette Studio. This variety of software deals with graphic designing, 3D printing, and vinyl cutting.  The reason for this training is, for of course, to gain experience but also because these were the software that we are currently using on the camps for middle schoolers and high schoolers.  These camps deal with helping kids gain computer, software, and communication skills.  This camp will help them develop faster skill sets for their upcoming future as college students.

I have learned so much and I truly believe that I have been gaining a lot of experience through this great opportunity.  I have been working with new software that I have never used before and it has created a better picture of how big companies like this one run.

 


Walker ’21 Unique Opportunity Puts Him Ahead Of His Peers

Micah Walker ’21 BBS/CCSI Intern – For the past 6 weeks I have been interning for Mike Simmons, an alumni of Wabash college, alongside Max Kurkowski, who also is attending Wabash, at the Union 525 building in downtown Indianapolis, IN. Max’s projects have been more oriented towards marketing, while mine have been within the fields of designing databases, strategy development, and strategy implementation. I have created an Excel document with 4 different sheets in it that contain a plethora of data, pertaining to community services, stakeholders, and priorities. In addition to that, we as interns attend business meetings (together, or separately) with Mike if it’ll help with the progression of our projects. So far, we have met people at: Martin University, Wabash College, Butler University, andthe John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services. He meets with us separately for brief updates about our progress, and even sometimes takes us out to lunch somewhere downtown to discuss about things collectively.

I have already learned a copious amount of new material in the little time I have been here. Since these projects, on both sides, directly result in something long-term and ongoing he has planned, we both have been exposed to new business literacy, collaborative movements, and business partners centered around his goal. We have gained a (small, but effective) level of intuition of certain things within this environment that we never would have known otherwise. Mike has allowed us free enough space and time within our work to do all the research and studying of things we need to help us progress in our projects, while also being a great asset of clarity to us when we have questions. I personally have learned terms like “stakeholders,” and “machine learning,” along with their concepts and how they apply to my work. I have developed a means of understanding certain processes involving the city’s methods of data collection and storage, and how they strategize their community elevation. This was assisted by me having to study 6 different quality of life plans within the city of Indianapolis, over the years of 2007-2011 and beyond. Most importantly, I have become more equipped in Excel Spreadsheet, having to create databases full of the information needed for my projects. Being able to self-teach through trial/error has allowed my skills in Excel to increase greatly. I am hoping that the remainder of this internship allows me to grow and become a more valuable asset, not only to the workforce and my [future] bosses themselves, but also however I can be in the world after I graduate from college.


Fisher ’21 Finds His Rhythm Building Guitars

Walker Fisher ’21 Veritas Guitars– This summer, I was given the opportunity of working at Veritas Guitars in Vancouver, Washington. This internship in many ways was more than just about the experience with guitars; it was about learning things about myself, addressing suppressed thoughts and reestablishing my morals. As someone who has always loved traveling, the opportunity to drive from my small hometown in Indiana to the pacific northwest was a daunting—but thrilling—idea. Being able to see things I had only dreamed of up to that point, while also having time to reflect on life and look myself in the mirror allowed me to think of what my affect on Wabash’s campus had been this past year and question how well I truly measured up when it came to standing TALL amongst my brothers. As for the actual internship, I began working on building pickups for electric guitars. Pickups are magnetic coils that capture the vibrations produced by the strings, and then converts them into an electrical signal that can be amplified. By altering the wire gauge, amount of wraps, or type of magnet used, I was able to create completely different styles of pickups. And although this process is fairly straightforward, it taught me skills such as using CNC machines, soldering, and chart reading. However, to me the most important skills I learned came from the time when I wasn’t building pickups; but instead, when I was talking with coworkers and other people. Traveling to Washington meant that I knew no one; that I was dropping myself into uncharted territory of which anything could be radically different from what I was used to. It was not that I feared a different atmosphere, where the majority of people believed in alternate ideas to my own; but instead that I would not be able to relate to others or find friends. I like to think that my people skills have always been pretty good but walking into a room and not knowing what would happen next did not seem like my idea of fun. I quickly found that my worries were for no reason, as the men I worked with genuinely cared about me and wanted to know me. Outside of work, I made friends with people at a church I attended, and again found that people were willing to do anything to help me. I still cannot begin to thank any of these people enough for everything. Driving home was a much different experience than traveling out. I left filled with much more creativity, positivity, and hope for the future than I had come with. I left with a family waiting with open arms for me, and one that was sad to lose me for the time. But most importantly, I realized that I, myself, had become a pickup in this world. As someone who aspires to be a medical oncologist, building guitars is not an occupation I plan on going into completely; but one of my deepest passions outside of medicine. The skills I have obtained through working with guitars has shown me that I need to be more like an instrument myself. I need to understand others feelings, and then help convert them into actions to better our communities. I cannot thank Wabash enough for the amazing opportunity they gave me, or the people in Vancouver, Washington that will forever hold a part of me nearly 2,000 miles away from home.


Bailey ’21 Discovers The Beauty Of Small Business

My name is Joel Bailey and I am from Indianapolis, Indiana, and I am a rising sophomore. I am currently interested in being a Mathematics major when I declare a major in the fall of 2018. My internship this summer was at Connecta Corporation, a small company in Indianapolis that produces precision turned parts for aerospace, electronics, and other industries. There were a variety of tasks and projects to complete from reorganizing hundreds of machine parts to heat treating; I didn’t take any particular role in the company.

My first project this summer was reorganizing the company’s large catalogue of collets, which the company uses to hold the raw material while a machine turns the material. There were hundreds of collets to sort through in nine different drawers; many were misplaced, and several were missing. The challenge with this project was that even small mistakes were big set backs for me; whenever I accidently skipped over a collet (which I did multiple times), I had to redo part of my organization to include that skipped collet. It was an interesting project for someone like me who likes thinking about systems and organization, but it definitely took a lot of patience.

Another project I worked on was preparing a new metal plate for heat treatment. Connecta received an order that required a plate to “pinch” the end of a small part in a hole at a certain angle, but the plate had to hold over a thousand of these parts. The only plate we had that had the correct hole sizes in the plate could only hold about fifty of these parts, so we had to order a much larger plate and make the holes ourselves and proceed with the order. Using some trigonometry, I compared the theoretical angle of the treated part based on its drawing and the actual measured angle of some test parts to verify that the old plate had the correct hole size. The angles matched within a margin of error, so I proceeded to make equations to determine the size of a plate that could have x number of holes. Once that was complete, I ordered the right size plate, and let the company take care of the rest. It was pretty cool to be able to exercise my math skills in a real life scenario.

My biggest take-away from this experience is that there is always something to do in the workplace. While organizing the collets was a big and important job, there were always smaller things that needed to be done, such as cleaning up a work space or updating an old document. Working in a smaller company presented a lot of tasks that needed to be done; a larger company may ignore smaller jobs, but that isn’t really possible in a small company.

 


Duenas ’21 Gains Valuable Skills That Will Aid Him In Life

David Duenas ’21 Lubeznik Center Intern– Throughout my first summer internship I have mastered a variety of skills. Those skills include consisting of Excel worksheets, communications, and merchandising which has also given me more exposure to multitasking and prioritizing activities. My experience interning at an art exhibit near home has been a convenient and comforting experience. Towards the beginning of my internship, it was extremely nerve wrecking because I lacked communication skills tremendously. For the two weeks every phone call was a nightmare because I thought I was never prepared for the questions that the person on the other line was going to ask. Eventually I grew more comfortable with the idea of not knowing answers by learning new communications skills such as telling the person “I’m not sure but please wait a moment and I’ll get that answer for you” or “Let me find that out for you”. Seeing how normal and natural not knowing every answer is I became comfortable answering phones and talking to the people that came into the exhibit.

Merchandise was a lot easier than I expected, it simply was taking photographs of items that are needed to be sold and posting them on their website. They knew about my photography skills and they provided me with a camera. They challenged with making the pieces seem more appealing to potential customers. This will help me in my future endeavors because I now have the experience. What I also now have experience in is Microsoft Excel. Many companies today look for new employees who have this particular skill because Excel has become such a mainstream part of a job in every field of work.

I have evolved with prioritizing because throughout my job my superiors would throw multiple tasks at me once. I realized that in order to properly organize and prioritize responsibilities I need to write everything down, even if it isn’t important. This system lets all the tasks be laid out in front of me and I can decide which ones have the most urgency.

At the beginning of this internship, I thought it was going to be like any other summer job, I didn’t hate it but I’d rather not have been there and didn’t think I’d get much out of it. As I explained above, it turns out I was very wrong. This internship has taught me skills that I will carry with me throughout my entire adult life, not only in the workplace but also in day to day life.