Spirit of Enterprise

KevinLeeBlog2 imageDespite the many uncertainties I had initially harbored at the start of my internship, the last several months along with the culmination of my near two-month internship experience has ultimately allowed me to realize the unwarranted need of such concerns. Although this may just be another instance in which my feelings and emotions have been affected by the afterthoughts of my experiences, I can at least genuinely attest that working for ExoWear and being part of its dedicated, hardworking, and purpose-driven team has helped me grow and mature as an individual not afraid to take on new challenges and be more insightful about the many things that happen around us at an ever increasing pace.

Personally and academically, this summer could easily be defined as a period of unparalleled exploration infused with a creative and enterprising spirit that came with the startup culture that I somewhat grew accustomed to halfway through my internship. I learned and experience firsthand how your official position on paper does not define and limit the scope of your work, purpose, and suitability at a company; rather, it may depend on how you choose to be more open and willing to learn and participate in topics that may be cross-disciplinary. Although my main role was to develop the mobile app as a software developer, I also worked in conjunction with electrical and computer engineers to develop the hardware and firmware as well as Cloud-based infrastructure for database and static web hosting.

Now having been part of a startup environment, I learned that it requires a monumental amount of persistence towards one’s motivation and determination to ultimately become successful in one’s venture. I realized very early during the summer that many companies are tasked with overcoming new challenges daily, an effort that can easily wear down workers if not sustained with some form of compensation or satisfactory results. Not having physical forms of compensation has helped me appreciate more of the internal rewards to which I obtained through my work and accomplishments and I hope to develop this internal sense of valuation throughout my future endeavors whether it be another startup venture or a corporate enterprise.

Written by Keun Hee Lee, BC Class of 2018

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Developing the Next-Gen Wearable Device

This summer, I was provided with a unique opportunity to be a part of a growing startup company called ExoWear. Co-founded by a recent graduate from Boston College, ExoWear is an organization dedicated to developing technological solutions to improve patient care in physical therapy. Though I am just starting to understand the world of startups, the last two weeks has been a remarkable experience filled with daunting challenges and impressive accomplishments.

Kevin Lee ImageHaving worked on Android projects for well over a year with an extensive background in multiple programming languages, I believe that my skills in Computer Science will help the company successfully develop a platform that integrates both hardware and software to help patients affected by preventable injuries. Other skills such as leadership from the Shaw Leadership Program and networking from the Endeavor Program have definitely been helpful in allowing me to thoughtfully present my ideas during company meetings and discussions with mentors and potential investors interested in the company.

I believe that the Jesuit ideals embodied by Boston College have helped me resonate well with the company’s mission as well as retain and expand my passion for working at ExoWear. The idea that we are all men and women for others has helped me realize a more impactful purpose and meaning behind my determination and efforts, which is to help improve the health and lives of others as well as to inspire others to discover similar interests and passions. It is my hope to realize this purpose this summer and to incorporate the entrepreneurial spirit with Jesuit values of service through the reflection of my internship experience.

Written by Keun Hee Lee, BC Class of 2018