The first week is over and it was a whirlwind of events for me. On day two of arriving here I decided it was time to venture out to get some of the basics like groceries and household goods. My little adventure took me to Target and Best Buy with a stop at Safeway on the way home.
This summer I am living one of my biggest dreams, working for NASA. I am so thankful to SPS for providing me with this opportunity. This has been my first experience working closely with SPS and I’m loving it.
I arrived to Washington DC on Sunday, a day before the start of the internship, and to be honest I was nervous. Despite being nervous, I was excited more than anything. I was excited to see what was in store for me this summer, and the many opportunities to learn something new.
When I first found out that I was accepted for this internship and that I would be spending the summer in Washington D.C., I made it my goal to be on a first name basis with Barack and Michelle Obama. And while I didn’t come anywhere close to achieving this, I still could not be happier that I went. This summer was an insanely good experience for me. I met a lot of great people, lived in a completely new environment, had a lot of unforgettable experiences, and did a lot of work that I think could really benefit the education system in America.
I am all settled in San Jose, California now, my first semester as an Aerospace Engineering grad student at San Jose State is well underway. As a physics undergrad turned engineering grad, I was worried about leaving physics behind and not being involved in the physics world anymore.
I still can’t believe my fortune in being chosen for this internship! Getting to live in D.C. and work at NASA were both incredible stand-alone experiences. Together they constituted the best summer I have ever had! I had so much fun cruising around DC and meeting so many great people!
As I am getting settled in at Union for my senior year, I can't help but to think back on the summer. It seems like just yesterday I was moving into the apartment in D.C. I'm so grateful for all that I've experienced this summer.