Sunday, August 19, 2018By:
I hope to live everyday of my life like I did this past week. Cherishing every second and grabbing every opportunity. From board meetings to amazing Maryland crabs to my final day at the gym, it was a blast. This past week strengthened my bonds further with the other interns and confirmed all the feelings I’ve had throughout the summer.
The final presentations were a complete success, I really felt like everybody showed out. My presentation was towards the end which at first I wasn’t thrilled about but it gave me a chance to calm my nerves, have more coffee, and enjoy everyone else’s talks. Although I was a little nervous the whole time it was more than comforting to know that everyone was there to support my growth as a public speaker and that they all wanted to hear what I had to say.
After the talk we got some awesome gifts from the SPS team including a cool poster and special books for each of us. I almost choked up when we got to lunch and they decided to serve us the same meal as orientation. We left almost like the way we came, but I think this time it meant something different.
The next morning was sadder than I expected. After spending the whole night packing up and playing card games and reflecting on the summer, the mood was low and the dreary weather didn’t help. Some people left super early, including my one and only, awesome roommate Krystina. After my brother and dad helped me pack up the car, I came back and said my goodbyes. All it took was one person to start sniffling and it finally hit me. I don’t know how they did it but the SPS team really picked the perfect bunch of people. From the first day we instantly connected, and everyone had a unique personality to bring.
I also appreciate my mentor Crystal Bailey for making my internship the best it could be. She provided me the guidance I needed for my video project, which was a huge success and will be uploaded to the APS Physics YouTube page very soon! She also gave me new perspectives about physics careers that I can take back to NC State and pass on as well as use for my career going forward.
Thanks again to everyone for helping make this summer an eye-opening and super fun time! Signing off for the last time, live long and prosper.