by Rachel Serpa
Ishita Arora joins Compass Labs as a data analysis intern for Summer 2012. She is currently a sophomore at UC Berkeley, where she studies quantitative economics.
Compass Labs: What is the best part about your role at Compass Labs, and what are you hoping to learn during your time here?
Ishita Arora: Currently, we're toying with different techniques of data expansion as well as moving toward automation of insights. An interesting aspect of the job is that most of the questions we are asking do not have one right answer. It's also a really exciting job because of the sheer size and depth of data that I get to experiment and play around with! It's a great opportunity because there's a lot to learn; so far, I have been learning Tableau skills and getting to explore all the skews that can occur when looking at social data.
CL: Describe your future dream job.
IA: I don't have a dream job -- I think being happy at your job has more to do with a state of mind than what specific task you are actually doing. But if I had to pick something, I'd say that econ-related research, in either academia or an industry, would be exciting.
CL: What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
IA: I'm a bookworm. I'll read almost anything, but my guilty pleasure is mystery novels.
CL: If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
IA: Munich, Germany. I love the architecture, the food, and the atmosphere, especially during the holiday season.
CL: Tell us one random fun fact about yourself:
IA: My last name (Arora) is a palindrome, which means that it is spelled the same way forward and backwards.
CL: Who is your vote for Compass Labs’ foosball MVP?
IA: SQ. He always looks really intense – sometimes frightening – when he's playing! I've also heard that Mohammad is a fantastic player, but I haven't seen him play yet.
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