Intern Diaries 7: Anna Zhang
Name: Anna Zhang
School: Colonel By Secondary School
Hobbies: Drawing, reading, music, collecting junk, accidentally banging my head on walls, making spontaneous decisions
Department at Magmic: Marketing
Fun fact: I am an autodidact: I taught myself drawing, swimming, forward diving, and website-building. Presently, I’m teaching myself coding and Japanese.
Why did you want to be part of the Magmic team?
I wanted to be part of an awesome team and to gain more insight on the gaming industry.
How did you find your way into an internship at Magmic?
After being selected for the SHAD program, I had the opportunity to compete for a month-long internship. I got in touch with Magmic and, after a series of interviews, joined their marketing team.
Break down your average day as an Intern at Magmic.
At Magmic, work is play, and play is work. I arrive in the morning ready for the awesome day that awaits me. I sit down at my desk (I have my own desk!) and get my laptop out from my bag. I check my emails for the first 15 minutes and then get focused on the day’s task. After an hour or so, we may be summoned for a match of foosball. I was a rookie at first, but through obstinate practice, I now make a decent defense (though I’m still no match to my colleagues). At 12 pm, we get to eat and enjoy some free time. Sometimes, we go out and grab lunch since we’re really close to the Byward Market. After lunch, I continue working on the day’s tasks. Usually, if I work efficiently, I finish an hour or two before the end of the day, so I use the time I have left to listen to some music, learn to code, or do a crossword puzzle (they’re really hard so I cheat by looking up answers online). At around 5:00 pm, I head to the bus stop and enjoy my ride back to Barrhaven while reading a book.
What is the most important thing you have learned while interning at Magmic?
I’d always thought that the workplace was someplace dull, where human interaction never extended beyond the pure need to relay information. Somehow, I believed that emotions were signs of weaknesses and that professionalism meant you had to be an unbreachable wall of steel. With that in mind, I came to Magmic and, to my astonishment, found that what breeds true success is, quite the contrary, humanity. During my internship, I learned that joking and laughing were as part of the company’s culture as hard work, and that, sometimes, the former is more important.
If you could use a #hashtag to describe your interning experience at Magmic, what would it be?