Summer Plans Amidst Covid-19

2020 – what a year it has been so far. Unlike the Roaring Twenties, a hundred years ago, which is defined as a decade of economic growth and prosperity largely driven by wartime recovery, we are starting the 20s of this century off with great uncertainty. The year began with the outbreak of a novel coronavirus, which quickly escalated into a pandemic. By March, schools made the transition to remote learning and companies enforced work from home policies, disrupting many.

That said, we must still aim to find the silver lining a bit each day. For me, this took form in two ways. For one, as disappointed as I was that we were moving to an online format for the rest of the semester, I was also grateful that I would get to spend more time at home with my family. Living in British Columbia, I don’t get many opportunities to fly back home so I am grateful to be home once again.

In addition to being with family and enjoying the beautiful spring weather in Vancouver, I am looking forward to my upcoming internship with MUFG, an investment bank in New York. Although the summer program will be virtual, I am thankful that the internship is still happening. I am excited to have the opportunity to learn more about the financial services industry and am counting down the days until the June 1st start date. Though the 10 weeks of the program will be difficult, I am anxiously awaiting the challenge.

Sonali Gupta | Undergraduate Business 2021
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