Back in November 2014, I went to Boston in Massachusetts to attend an Asian Bilingual Conference Forum. It wasn't a successful event for me, though. So I decided to explore the city on the next day. I visited the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Taza Chocolate Factory, Frank Gehry's Stata Center at MIT, and visited a University of Michigan alumni at Harvard Business School.
This career fair is designed for bilingual students from Asia who are searching for jobs back home or surrounding area. I signed up through my business school and received the invitation, along with a travel scholarship. The fair was at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Famous companies like IBM Japan, Sony, Tata Consulting, UBS, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Apple were listed.
I picked to stay at Backpackers Hostels & Pub for $60 per night. Their service is good and they have taxi service from and to the train station. The train takes you from Sullivan Square to Downtown Crossing for about 8 minutes. Then you can take bus or walk to the Convention Center.
Asian Bilingual Conference Forum
Little did I know that there were only a few companies looking for Indonesians. Next to ABCF, there was Boston Career Forum hosted by the same organization DISCO. The second fair focused mainly for Japanese - English bilingual speakers. They do have initial interviews on the spot, but with Japanese customary. Realizing the event was not for me, I decided to change my plans. I was pretty lucky to get the travel scholarship and so, I wanted to make the most out of Boston.
Next Day: First Stop is MIT's Stata Center
My first stop was at Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT. I actually have been there with my family and so I focused on Stata Center on that day. The quirky architectural design was created by Frank Gehry in 2004. In 2007, MIT charged a lawsuit regarding design failure but it had been settled in 2010.
Second: Welcome to Taza Chocolate
Last Stop: Harvard Business School
It's funny how I always get close to rivalry school students. I have friends attending Ohio State University while I was studying at University of Michigan. At Duke University, I also have friends who's studying pharmacy, business, and medical at University of North Carolina.
Now, Harvard Business School has a prestigious MBA program. But recently, Businessweek chose Duke's MBA program as number 1 in the US. Despite all that, I still went to visit my friend at HBS!
The List of Inspiring Indonesians Living in Boston
I got to meet some Indonesians who live in Boston because of my friend. Their experiences and passions are pretty amazing to inspire others!