27 Sep TIP Tuesday: Mary Shin and Raimundo Farmer
The Intern Project – Summer pairs deserving high school students with high-value, paid internships in entertainment, finance, media, healthcare, and more.
Mary and Raimundo both were placed at Fullscreen Entertainment this past summer through The Intern Project, and they became fast friends. Here, they talk about why they connected and what is so special to them about their friendship. Sometimes you get much more out of an experience than you ever expect.
What are your names, grades, and schools you attend?
My name is Mary Shin; I am a senior in Ambassador School of Global Leadership.
My name is Raimundo Farmer; I am a senior at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science.
How did your friendship start? What are some of your common interests? What are some of your differences? Why do you think you clicked?
Our friendship started through our internship via The Intern Project. We just had a lot of things in common. We shared interests in film, photography, and art but our differences included our culture, background, and some personality traits. We clicked because of our similar mindset; we both have an appreciation for the small things in life that many people take for granted.
How did your friendship amplify or complement the benefits of your internship?
Although our internship itself was very exciting, becoming friends with each other helped make the experience even more fun. Whenever we left we’d take the bus together which made the ride much more enjoyable and less lonely. And now that internships are over, we make a point to stay in contact through our social media such as Instagram.
What do you think makes your friendship special and unique?
Our friendship is special and unique because we have similar moral values and ideas that we think is not easy to find within young people these days. Though we come from different backgrounds, we were surprised by how similarly we think. We’re both goofy and try to see the best of every situation. So when we hang out together we’re able to be very happy and positive because we feed off of each other’s energy.
Be friendly! Put yourself out there and make it known that you’re interested in keeping in touch. Exchange numbers or even just social media accounts, it’ll go a long way. And don’t be afraid to send that first message.
What would be your advice for future TIP interns on how to build and maintain friendships?
Mary: Always stay open to potential opportunities and be comfortable with yourself and the people around you. If you put an uncomfortable, stiff barrier around yourself, no one wants to risk getting rejected by you when they may want to be friends.
Ray: Be friendly! Put yourself out there and make it known that you’re interested in keeping in touch. Exchange numbers or even just social media accounts, it’ll go a long way. And don’t be afraid to send that first message.
What’s next for you after high school? Has TIP made any influence on your future plans?
Mary: After high school and college, I wish to live in either New York, Seattle, or California (where I am right now) and become an art/creative director in a great fun company. The internship through TIP made me realize that I really have passion for the media/entertainment and my hobbies will most likely consist of creating YouTube videos, photography, and traveling with the people I love!
Ray: I will be attending college and most likely pursue a major in Psychology. TIP has definitely influenced my future plans. My internship at Fullscreen solidified my dream of being a part of the entertainment industry. So in college I will continue to pursue that dream through internships and various other opportunities.
Learn more about The Intern Project.