Hola Giorgia, tell us about yourself…
Hola! I’m 21 years old and I come from Modena where I study Computer Science. I like to define myself a “multipotentialite“, a term used by Emilie Wapnick in this TedTalk https://www.ted.com/talks/emilie_wapnick_why_some_of_us_don_t_have_one_true_calling?language=it#t-48743, I have many interests including playing basketball, reading and traveling. I also love gaining new skills, I’m very curious and I have to admit, a bit of a perfectionist.
Why did you decide to leave?
I’ve always loved to travel, this passion comes from my family since when I was 6 years old my parents were already carrying my brother and I around the world. A few months ago I also did my first solo trip to Spain and France, due to this experience I wanted to try to live abroad, get out of my comfort zone and see what would happen.
Coming to Lugo for an internship was a coincidence, I had sent many resumes online but Axel was the first company to answer me so I started the bureaucratic procedures to come here. It has been a blind choice, I needed to have a new experience, but by now I have realized that I made the right choice instead of accepting the proposals that came later even if they were in larger and more famous cities.
What do you do in your internship?
I take care of all the “IT needs” of both Axel Lugo and the startup Sharing flats. For Axel most of the time my assignments concern the company’s website, instead for Sharing flats I’m doing a bit of everything, from the configuration of a captive portal to the editing of promotional videos and administration of the website. As an additional activity to my working hours I also attend a course on startups organized by the University of Lugo in collaboration with Santander to better deal with and manage a startup like Sharing flats in all its aspects.
What do you like about your internship?
I really like the multidisciplinarity of the work I do, it pushes me to always learn new things even in areas sometimes different from my usual ones. Moreover the collaboration with colleagues from different countries allows me to deal with an IT approach that is different from the one I am used to and pushes us to work together and overcome linguistic barriers.
Tell us about your Erasmus experience outside the workplace…
I’m really enjoying Lugo, both at work and outside I’ve had the great luck of meeting fantastic people from all over the world. I wouldn’t have expected to be able to make such deep friendships in such a short time, and the multicultural environment and relaxed atmosphere here is helping me to always improve myself and enjoy this experience to the fullest.
What do you do in your free time?
I go to the gym, study (not too much though), and if there are some nice sunny days I really like to walk along the river where there are beautiful parks. When the evening comes you have so many options to choose from : going out for something to eat, a tapas with friends, dancing in clubs and the many initiatives organized by the Concello de Lugo. On weekends or holidays I like to explore the surroundings, for Easter for example me and the other girls of the office will make an all-girls trip to Monforte de Lemos, Vigo and Ourense. The “Erasmus community” is also very active and they often organize beautiful low-cost trips, for example I took part in a three-day trip to Fatima, Lisbon and Coimbra.
Would you recommend the internship in Axel to other Erasmus students?
Absolutely yes, both for the multicultural and young environment and for the possibility to work only in the morning, which allows you to study or enjoy the city in the afternoon. Moreover, living in a country like Lugo, where not everyone knows English, invites you to learn the Spanish language, which can always be useful.
Bye and thank you for your time!
Bye everyone, thank you for this wonderful experience!