Hi everyone!! My name is Mary Quinn, and I am entering my junior year at BC! I am studying Economics in MCAS with a minor in Management & Leadership. I have an older brother who graduated from Elon University last year, another who is entering his senior year at Tufts, and a younger sister who is still in high school. I am from southern New Hampshire, and have worked there this summer as a lifeguard and an intern at Make-A-Wish. I have absolutely loved both of my summer jobs, and am sad that they are drawing to a close.
Make-A-Wish has been an incredible experience for me, where I have loved helping grant children’s’ one, true wish during such a challenging time in their lives. My internship has primarily been in the office helping communicate with vendors and wish families to bring the wishes to fruition, however I have also had the opportunity to see some of these wishes in person. Some of my favorite wishes I have helped with thus far have been a backyard oasis, a massive tree house, welcoming a new pug into a family, and a trip to Japan! I have had such an incredible experience at Make-A-Wish, and it has been amazing to see the positive after effects these wishes have had on both the children and their families.
This summer I also ran my first half marathon, which is hopefully a stepping stone to one day running a full! I love staying active anyway I can, and am soon going on a bike trip with my family through Canada’s Gulf Islands in Vancouver! I love to travel, and had the pleasure of taking a BC summer course in Ireland last summer. It was great to see the countryside and the cliffs, and Ireland is for sure the greenest place I have ever seen. My experience was great there, and everyone was extremely friendly, but sadly I was of no assistance when people would often mistake me for a native and ask for directions. *Fun fact, that summer when I returned I worked security for the concerts at Fenway Park, and was even able to work one of the playoff Red Sox games in the fall!
Ireland will not be the end of my travels abroad at BC however, as I am heading to Sydney, Australia this spring! I am beyond excited to see the Great Barrier Reef, Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbor, and just about everything else Australia has to offer. And as if that wasn’t enough, I’ll be skipping a New England winter for the year!
While it is sad the summer is ending, it will be nice to be back on campus for the fall, and for football season to pick back up (Go Pats!). I am very excited to take this class with you all, and travel to NYC for a weekend of field studies. I have always had an interest in the tech industry (fast fact I was a computer science major for a hot second), and am definitely interested in pursuing the field after graduation. I love how technology is helping people to live healthier and more active lives, as fitness has been a huge part of my life. I would love to learn more about companies who are using technology to improve people’s lives, and how these business have gone from start-ups to full-fledged foundations. I recently read about a tech company in Cambridge that has been developing a wristband that helps people who are epileptic detect seizures before they materialize. It amazes me that technology like this is being further developed everyday, and how these innovations have the capability of completely changing someone’s life.
The tech industry has further been on my radar after reading Lean In this summer by Sheryl Sandberg. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, not just women, as I have found it extremely informative and inspiring. While this book primarily serves as a resource and inspiration to help women attain their goals, Sandberg also offers several insights and anecdotes from her time in the tech industry. Specifically, Sandberg talked about the underwhelming amount of women in the tech industry, both on the software development side, and the executive side. I’m hoping that through this class and our field studies, I will not only learn more about the business side of tech companies, but also get a better idea of the culture of the entire industry.