I am writing this final blog post from a lounge chair in my backyard at my home in Cutchogue, New York. For the next month I will be enjoying the beautiful weather, the salt water, and relaxation before I pack up everything and head to Luxembourg on a Fulbright grant in September.
This week was the last week for all of the interns but me. We tried our best to do things together every night, which was a great way to say goodbye. I really do feel as if I have made some friends with the other interns this summer.
Week 8 came to a successful end, but I knew better than to think my work was over. The Friday that was fast approaching was to be the day of the SPS Intern's Final Presentation. Yet when I woke up on Monday, I had to finally face the truth- I really needed to start working on that.
This internship has offered me opportunities I couldn’t have imagined before the start of the summer. From climbing inside a cutting-edge spacecraft to seeing Bill Nye in person, the memories we packed into our days here have made the past two months a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Well, twice if you’re lucky like Caleb.
As I return to the school year routine, I think back to the wonderful memories I had this summer. I couldn’t imagine doing anything better with my time. The SPS internship program was truly amazing and opened my eyes to the possibilities a person has graduating with a physics major.
Back home now after my crazy, wonderful summer. I came home and jumped right back into things, moved back to school, got my apartment settled, caught up on my missed rock climbing and mountain biking this summer, and have started back in on my research projects at home.
My last week at Goddard and AIP was a very good review of what I'd done all summer. I reviewed my slides and my work (also in Latex) in order to create a poster for the NASA intern poster session. My project was very well suited to my skills and the time period allotted.
It blows my mind that I'm writing this reflection just two weeks after this internship. When I first started, it felt like this experience would go on for forever. Now it seems like forever ago that I was back in DC with the rest of the interns and staff at SPS.