What to do with Summer?
I know many of you who are reading this have the same thought……sleep, have fun, relax ect., but for me that gets boring after a few days.
So the question… what to do? The truth is, I really do have a lot to do this summer. I’m working, taking a class, traveling a bit, and writing a research paper. But that doesn’t take up all my time. I’ve started exercising an hour each day, because I no longer have the excuse “oh I should, but I have too much homework” I know this quote well, my friends and I say it a lot.
Exercise challenges my body, but I want to challenge my mind. So each week I’m going to pick a different topic to learn about. Last week I got a physics book. Fascinating actually, physics really makes me think about the how I thought the world works. This week I’ve gotten books on Wernher Von Braun, the rocket scientist. I’m reading about him because his dream of space exploration is my research paper. I don’t know what next weeks topic will be, I’m just seeing what interesting things will come my way.
Summer is the time for relaxing, parties, and vacations, but it also is the more time in the “I’ll do it when I have more time” line. Challenge yourself this summer!
Have a great summer everyone!
For a laugh……
National Space Symposium!
In April, I and three other students attended the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Many of world’s leaders in Space Technology were there to meet and discuss the future of Space Travel and their companies. We represented the National Space Grant Consortium which funds students throughout the United States.
While we were there, the symposium held New Generation sessions for students who are pursing careers in the Space Industry. We had opportunities to hang with many people who have made significant impacts in space technology. At the first event two of us sat and talked with Dan Collins (ULA CEO). He had some great advice for students pursing careers in the space industry. He said you need to constantly be challenging yourself, to make yourself better, and keep learning. Also to make sure, when you do reach the job you want, to make sure you have a boss that appreciates you and the work you do. We also had the pleasure of hanging with Joel Scotkin (Masten Space System’s CEO). He showed us what Masten has achieved and what they want to achieve.
Mike Griffin (former Adminitrator of NASA & professor at UAH), John Horack (VP of Research), and John Gregory (Director of Alabama Space Grant) from UAH also attened the conference. Dr. Horack and Dr. Gregory introduced us to a lot of great people.
We all had a great time and learned a lot about the space industry. And it was also a bonus to be right beside the Rocky Mountains and Cheyenne Mountain.