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The last line of the following paragraph sounds fishy. Could you suggest another transition word for the word however?

I learned many things over the course of my three month internship at a startup, Crunch. I worked with a team to build a recommendation system and handle interfacing between client-side and the backend server. However, there was one thing I had ascertained. My chosen major was, indeed, Computer Science.

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    However isn't fishy here, it's superfluous, because there is nothing in the previous sentence to which it refers. In order for however to make sense, the first sentence would have to state that there was something the speaker had not ascertained. – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Aug 13 '16 at 19:48
  • @P.E.Dant Could you suggest another word to be used as a transition word? – Vaibhav Bajaj Aug 13 '16 at 19:59
  • I'm confused about whether the author leaned many things or one thing. – Todd Wilcox Aug 14 '16 at 2:47
  • I think ascertain is slightly off here. to ascertain means to confirm something by experimentation or directed investigation, not "to discover through lived experience". We can ascertain whether a water sample contains lead, or we can ascertain how much money is in a bank account. It would be an odd use to say, "I had never tried snowboarding until that day, when I ascertained that my career dream was to become a professional snowboarder." – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 14 '16 at 11:40
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In the process, there was one thing I had ascertained.

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During my internship, there was one thing I had ascertained.

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However is normally used to express contrast. In your example we don't see what it refers to. Thus you shouldn't use any of its synonyms like but. I suggest you use and instead.You need a discourse marker to provide some additional information.

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Like @P.E Dant said, However is superfluous.

An old-fashioned rule was that you shouldn’t start a sentence with however, but today however is often used at the beginning of a sentence to mean ‘but’, ‘nevertheless’ or ‘regardless of the fact’.

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I suggest you to use anyway or but.

I learned many things over the course of my three month internship at a startup, Crunch. I worked with a team to build a recommendation system and handle interfacing between client-side and the back end server. Anyway, there was one thing I had ascertained. My chosen major was, indeed, Computer Science.

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You can check others synonyms and resources googling "Use however" and "Synonyms however", I can't post it because I haven't 10+ reputation.

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