Hey #BCSTT! I hope everyone is enjoying their brain break, I know I certainly am taking advantage of the ample time for movie marathons and endless snacking.
For a bit about myself, I’m Abby Konkoly and I am a sophomore in CSOM potentially interested in Information Systems and Business Analytics (Disclaimer: I am still completely undecided, but I have ruled out most of the other concentration options besides these. Also, if BC had a Forensic Science major/minor I would definitely add that in). On campus, I mentor high school students through 4Boston at the MissionSAFE placement, I’m a CLC group leader, and I work in the BC Budget Office doing a variety of tasks ranging from analyzing budget data to decorating the office Christmas tree.
I am originally from Eagleville, Pennsylvania (ironic, I know), which is about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia. Sporting an unpopular opinion, I’m not a huge fan of the ever-present “Screaming Eagle” in the dining halls because they just can’t live up to Philly Cheesesteaks. However, it has been an easy transition cheering for the BC Eagles thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles, who hopefully have a a shot at the Super Bowl this year (trying to have some optimism after the unfortunate BC Pinstripe Bowl loss)!!
As for some of my interests, I love exercising and traveling. I ran my first marathon in November and hope to work towards triathlons in the future, plus maybe the Boston marathon some day. My oldest sister is also a US Paralympic swimmer, so swimming tends to be a central aspect of many family dinner conversations. Beyond this, my passion for traveling has been fueled by a love for service. I’ve been on five mission trips so far (Logan, WV; Navajo Nation, AZ; Cincinnati, OH; New Orleans, LA; Azua, Dominican Republic) and hope to continue exploring within our borders and beyond while helping local communities.
These interests led to my curiosity in tech, as I am constantly awed by the ability of technology to influence human behavior. Through meeting many disabled athletes who depend on technological innovations for their independence and seeing firsthand the benefits of using technology to increase quality of life in areas of poverty, I’ve become extremely interested in finding further ways to employ developing technologies to transform global living conditions. Whether it be increasing access to online education, vital health information, or financial services, I’d be so excited to explore any of these avenues. Furthermore, the fluidity of the tech industry has always been appealing because like school, you can continue to learn something new everyday.
I am so excited for this trip for endless reasons! I can’t wait to befriend those in the class and network with alumni across the country. It will be invaluable getting a personal taste of what working in Silicon Valley is like in general, but it will be even more unique to familiarize ourselves with the culture of these tech trendsetters. I am personally most excited to visit AirBnb as it has enveloped the idea of the sharing economy, but I also think Google will be amazing since it is so prevalent in everyday life. My sister challenged me at Christmas dinner to one of the Google Interview questions: What comes next in the pattern of SSS, SCC, C, SC? (I had been totally stumped, so kudos to you if you get it quickly!).
I can’t wait for this class adventure to begin and I look forward to getting to know you all! Happy holidays and see you in the new year!