Overcoming Challenges

My supervisor at Delsk poses truly difficult questions for myself and the other interns to answer.  At the start of each assignment I always think that there is no way I will be able to find this information or present it in the correct format.  For example, my latest assignment is to create a training PowerPoint for new employees.  In the PowerPoint I have to explain what “Retrogression” and “Age-Freezing” are in regards to the EB-5 program.  I then have to give analysis on how these policies affect Brazil, China, India, and Vietnam.  At first, the assignment had a lot to take in.  However, after dividing and conquering each part of the PowerPoint little by little, I have made significant progress.  I am currently around halfway finished with the PowerPoint and have managed to include statistical data from all four countries regarding investment immigration.  I think these difficult projects allow me opportunities to see what I am capable of.  Had I not been pressed to complete the difficult tasks they assign me I would have never pushed myself to learn and create this much.  Now that I know what I am capable of my confidence has increased and I feel I could handle any problem any employer throws at me.

The best features of my internship are the variety of work and the people I work with.  Going into the internship I had predicted it would be very finance and math based.  And while a lot of the work I do relates to finance, I’m learning so much about other topics like international business law, and investment migration.  These are two topics I find extremely interesting and I probably would not have been exposed to them completing an internship back home.  I have also learned plenty in regards to traditional finance as well, like debt to equity structuring, bridge financing, and lender seniority.

The people I work with are also a lot of fun.  My department has mostly westerners so a lot of us have common backgrounds and cultural similarities.  This makes it easy to tell jokes and be sarcastic without a cultural barrier.  There are still a couple of Chinese nationals in our department, which has given me a taste of the traditional work culture here, as well.

In regards to my favorite food in Beijing, I suppose I don’t really have one.  Like most of the other students here I am a big fan of the Jianbing that many street vendors sell.  For 6 rmb the price is really tough to beat.  I do love eating at Makato’s Pizza as well.  The food itself isn’t amazing but the atmosphere is welcoming to foreigners.

As a side note, another challenge I have faced this past week was a serious illness.  Coming to China I had anticipated getting sick I just did not know when it would be or how serious.  Unfortunately for me I got a fever about as worse as they come and spent four nights in the hospital with a fever ranging from 100-104F.  Oddly enough I never received an official diagnosis and still have no clue what brought on my illness or what got rid of it.  Thankfully the hospital I stayed at had extremely considerate staff and did everything possible to accommodate me.  The CRCC Asia group also did everything in their power to make sure I was comfortable and I’m extremely grateful.  Finally, my week did have one bright spot, which was getting to see the Incredibles 2 with some friends before my fever erupted.


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