Combining Two Passions
The Music Technology Group at Universitat Pompeu Fabra is known for its technology, including its work with the world famous Vocaloid Software. Through her MIT-Spain internship, Sienna Ramos was able to combine her two passions – music and technology – in a single project. In the Music Information Research Lab, Sienna worked to create a computer program able to convert one singing voice to another. Her daily work included running tests, finding and fixing errors in the code and developing new strategies to accomplish the project. “I learned an incredible amount about computer science, and have a better idea of the kinds of careers I would like to pursue in the future,” Sienna shares.
A Refreshing New Culture
Adapting to Spain’s relaxed culture was quite a shift from the busy schedule Sienna maintained at MIT, and Sienna found it refreshing. “Exploring the city was so interesting,” she says. “Barcelona is so full of history and culture!” This experience taught Sienna to become more independent, to step out of her comfort zone more often and to explore her surroundings. She explains that this experience not only helped her better define her career goals and become a more capable computer scientist, but it was also necessary for learning about a culture and history she wasn’t familiar with.
Deeper Appreciation for European Culture
“MISTI was a fantastic way for me to learn both academically and culturally,” Sienna reflects. “Interning in Spain for the summer was such a wonderful experience. Barcelona is so international, and it was amazing to meet so many people from cultures so different from my own.”
IT WAS AMAZING TO IMMERSE MYSELF IN SPANISH AND CATALAN CULTURE WHILE ALSO LEARNING AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT ABOUT COMPUTER SCIENCE AND DEVELOPING MY CAREER GOALS.
After this program, Sienna has a deeper appreciation for Europe and its diverse cultures, as well as understand them better. “Any student who is considering applying for MISTI should absolutely go for it,” she says, noting that she loved the chance to get out of her comfort zone and take the opportunity to travel.