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Be wEller 2020: Christian Cabatingan

PDC Staff Student Stories

In an effort to support our Be wEller campaign, we’ve reached out to students to find out about internships and ways they are learning to work remotely and stay well in the process.

Christian Cabatingan (MIS) completed the Eller Summer Cohort and the Eller Tech Core Internship.

Experience: I was ready to take off and study abroad in Lisbon, Portugal with the Global Cohort but the pandemic put a grinding halt to my summer plans. Thus, I had to adapt in order to optimize my time under strict Bay Area stay-at-home orders. I was determined to find valuable alternatives to help me stay on track. First, I was able to attend two virtual Eller Externships with Tivity Health and WndrCo Venture Capital Firm where I gained insight into industries that I’ve been interested in. Later, I acquired an intern position at Tech Core at the university where I’m able to develop skills in video game creation, Photoshop, commercial making, and Salesforce while strengthening my data science skills with amazing Eller faculty. Additionally, I’ve been meeting with my Bobcats class regarding plans for this unprecedented fall semester, helping the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) department as an ambassador and peer mentor, creating a website for my club, Kids in Nutrition, and taking the classes I was supposed to take in Portugal, online. 

What have you learned so far about working/learning remotely? The transition to remote work and learning has taught me invaluable lessons. The three biggest characteristics I had to reinforce were flexibility, discipline, and perseverance. Each week, I make a plan for all the tasks I’m determined to complete along with the times I expect to finish. This way, I’m able to stay sane and organized in all that I do. To add, blue light blocking glasses are a must when you’re staring at a screen hours on end. 

How is your employer helping you out during this time of online learning/remote internships? All of the Eller and MCB advisors and faculty have been reliable and responsive to all of my questions and concerns from choosing classes for next semester to reviewing resumes and cover letters. It’s also great how the faculty are always willing to meet over Zoom to discuss the case competition or the MKTG 361 team report. 

What are you doing personally for your health and wellness? At times, this online transition seems to be all work and no play. However, I’ve been keeping up my health and wellness by trading options in the stock market, golfing, running in the dry California hills, and attempting to learn French via Duolingo. All in all, I’m excited to return back to Tucson for the fall and look forward to my upcoming Eller courses––hopefully in-person.