If you were to walk around the Renaissance Hotel this week, you would find it filled with physicists on a mission. It was the AAPT Summer Meeting, which was (fortuitously for us) in DC! I haven’t been to an AAPT Meeting before, and what a shame I haven’t; I had so much fun.
It’s been about 5 months since the 2018 SPS Interns packed up our stuff, said our goodbyes (for some of us, through tears), and headed back to our corners of the country. When I returned back to North Carolina, I felt...different.
There’s something oddly satisfying about achieving a qualitative personal goal. It’s not one that’s like “I’m going to learn today” or “today I’m not going to say anything negative,” but those really specific, palpable ones.
"All physicists are awkward. There are like four different categories of awkward, but we all fit into one of them." -Brad Conrad explaining the story behind yelling "Thumbs up for Science!" before every physicist photoshoot (example below).