An intern-esting introduction

 Alex Liu photo.

Good morning, Vietnam! 

I'm Alex, and I'm proud to introduce myself as the new Data Intern at BookNet Canada. For the next several months, I hope to be of service to my colleagues at BookNet, and to you, dear reader.

But enough of the formalities and let's move onto myself, shall we? Who am I? I'm a lover of books, food, professional wrestling, and sometimes cats. I can't say I have a favourite book, but the most memorable book I read recently is Joseph Heller's Catch-22. I went down a well-tread path and graduated with a B.A. in English, due to my interest in novels and the big words they usually hold, followed by a year in Centennial College's Publishing program, with a stint in the restaurant industry in between. Before I was brought onto BookNet, I served as the Digital Services Intern at eBOUND Canada.

So why am I here at BookNet Canada? Quite simply, because I want to learn. Besides all the great things I learned about the organization from peers and teachers, I came out of my program hungrier for more knowledge about the publishing industry. I wanted to know the ins and outs, the where, why, and what that breathes life into the industry. BookNet Canada presents one of the best opportunities to keep my fingers on the pulse of the publishing world. As the Data Intern, I know the tasks ahead of me will expand my perspective of the industry, and develop ways of thinking I haven't been trained in before. I mean, all that Excel! All those spreadsheets! All the better for my growth and development. The greater the challenge, the greater the reward, right?

I know my time here will prepare me for a (hopefully) long career in publishing, and that I will leave a more capable individual. That being said, I look forward to being a part of BookNet Canada for the remainder of the year. Too sweet me, hootski.