Welcome back to "My Week in ESTEEM" where students reflect upon their experiences in our program. This week's blog is brought to us by Christian Knight, a Notre Dame graduate, who discusses the first two weeks back to school after a relaxing break.
This week was just as exciting outside of classes, starting with the University's Martin Luther King, Jr midnight Remembrance Service and March and the Georgia Tech men's basketball game here on campus. While the snow has added even more fun for our class, our class can't stop talking about the upcoming Spring Break Silicon Valley trip. The program is spoiling us with an exciting week visiting companies throughout the valley, but we are just as thrilled planning our first and second weekend free to treat ourselves. Whether spending the free time in San Francisco, Napa Valley's vineyards, skiing in Montana, Las Vegas, Seattle, or cruising down Highway 1, I speak for the entire class when I say we can't wait for what the week has in store. I'm sure it won't be difficult to keep the blog updated leading up to the trip and as we visit the entrepreneurial holy ground that is Silicon Valley!With classes already ramping up our second week in, the ESTEEM class has been off to an incredible 2nd semester. In classes, this week was filled with thesis student-advisor meetings looking forward to the final defenses approaching, sales management presentations, and each of us diving into our unique technical electives. On Tuesday, we were excited to present sales proposals to Serim, a local test strip company, after a rapidly collaborative week designing and analyzing go-to-market strategies for the small local company. While short, it was an incredible experience to provide applicable advice to a local startup company serving the healthcare, food, and military defense industries. I can't wait to see how Serim moves forward. In addition, I've been excited to face the challenges of my technical elective this semester, Human Gross Anatomy, which aligns with my medical industry thesis. As a civil engineering undergraduate, the material is quite a change of pace, but ESTEEM is constantly immersing me in new and exciting classes and material.