My name is Erica and I am a 21 year old lighting design student from Sweden. I study Lighting Design at Jönköping University, and I got the amazing opportunity to do my internship here in the US with Hartranft Lighting Design, and Andrea Hartranft. In this series of blogposts you will follow me and learn about my experiences here in the US.
It has been six incredible weeks, full of experiences and I have learned so incredible much. I wanted to make this last blog post fun and it will be a bit whimsical but I hope you enjoy it.
Lets start of with some quick facts:
My favorite thing about the DC area is that there are such a variety, different architecture, many museums, great restaurants and beautiful monuments. There was always something to do on the weekends and those days when I did not know what I wanted to do I just started walking around in DC and I always found something that sparked my interest. It is a walkable city and that is something that I appreciate because you get to see so much when you just walk around.
I have learned so much during these weeks, I don't know where to start! First and foremost, I have learned a lot about how it is to work as a lighting designer and I have got a good understanding of different ways to run a lighting design company. I have learned things that will come in good use in school, I have a better understanding of how project works and that will help me to do better projects in school and to streamline the work progress. Last but not least, I have learned things about myself, both personally and professionally.
Every single person I have met here has been very kind and friendly, especially Andrea and John. They have been so welcoming, helping and they have made my weeks here really, really perfect! I cannot thank them enough. They made sure that I got to see all the things here in the area. Thanks to them I got a better understanding of American culture. I mean what is more American than a Super Bowl party?
This has been six truly amazing weeks, I have done everything I wanted and more than I could dream of. I really like it here and I would not mind staying longer but I have some exciting things happening this spring so I leave with a big smile on my face.
I hope my suitcase is in one piece when I come home, fingers crossed!