The End is Only the Beginning

Just like that, my time with Vandergeeten has come to an end. I have been with the company for 7 weeks, working everyday 9am-6pm, and it has been a wonderful journey. I have gained great professional experience in my field of interest and have made many friends along the way. I was lucky enough to have an internship that I thoroughly enjoyed and learned from. Overall, my supervisor was extremely grateful for the work I did and the ideas I contributed to the company. Of course, there is room for growth and I hope to develop my knowledge about the beverage industry by doing further research on my own.

I plan to transfer my newfound skills to work on getting an internship next summer with an international beverage company in the states. Specifically, I will be working to be accepted into a Sales Management Development Program with companies such as E&J Gallo Winery, Breakthru Beverage Group, Anheuser Busch or Brown Distributing Company. The experiences I have had in China reinforced my interest in the beverage industry, and I am excited to bring my passions back to the United States and work for an international company.

The reason why I love this industry so much is because of the way it brings people together and allows a high level of interaction with others. Between the events, promotions and tastings, one is able to meet many individuals with such diverse backgrounds. My passion is people, and this industry is all about the people. My internship with Vandergeeten has really solidified that I am where I need to be and on the right track for the job of my dreams. The end of my time with them is really the start of my career path, and that is an exciting feeling.

With four days left in China before my departure, I plan to spend my time revisiting my favorite places, exploring new spaces, and taking it all in. This has been a once in a lifetime experience. I know I will look back on this time and the friends I have made here and always wear a smile. China has made me take a step back from life and slow my pace. I see new opportunities to find pure happiness and joy in the simplicity of life and all of God’s creations. I am able to separate my work life and my personal life much more now, and have enhanced my sense of self. There is so much love and gratitude in my heart, and I wear it proudly on my face with immense happiness. I am thankful for the freedoms I am given in America and I am excited to return home to loved ones. However, it will be a bittersweet goodbye as I leave the city and people I have grown to love so much. Zài Jiàn Beijing! That’s not a goodbye, it’s a see you later.

Alex bye

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