A First Time for Everything

Author: Ethan N.

Today was a day of many firsts. For me, this day started right at 12 am, where I was still determined to finish what may have been our longest (and possibly most confusing) astro problem set so far. This would be the first (and hopefully last!) time I’d submitted a Pset within 10 minutes of the time that it’s due. 

In the morning, the trend of firsts continued. We started off the day with my first ever game of Codenames (where I unfortunately went 0-for-2 on). This was my first time interacting with some of my SSPeople, which was a lot of fun, especially after learning about them this past week and a half from their presentations. 

After our game of Codenames, another first occurred in the form of a guest lecture from Dr. Nick Suntzeff. I think I speak for a lot of my SSPeople when I say that the lecture was astronomically amazing (pun intended)! Dr. Suntzeff gave a very engaging lecture, and the way he presented the information helped us learn so much about the universe.

My last two firsts of the day came during our 3-hour work/play block. For one of the first times, I felt comfortable with our problem set, which was centered around one of my favorite topics: calculus. And finally, after staring at images and searching for the small moving dot that resembled our asteroid for the majority of the work/play block, Sophia, within the last 10 minutes of the 3 hours, exclaimed “I found it!” 

For the first time, The Three Biscuiteers had spotted the movement of our asteroid just a little below the center of one of our images. This moment, along with many of the other firsts I had experienced during the day, reminded me of one of the most important aspects of SSP: learning and making memories together. Although at times stressful, SSP makes sure that you’re never alone for a moment throughout the experience; if you are struggling, you are struggling with others, and when you witness a big moment (like finding your asteroid), you are doing that with others too. I’m beyond excited to experience the rest of the summer with everyone!

Hi, I’m Ethan, and I’m a rising senior at Farmington High School in a small town called Farmington, New Mexico. I love playing tennis, filmmaking, and making and listening to music. My favorite movie is Knives Out and my two favorite albums are My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West and Blonde by Frank Ocean.