Gotta Risk it for the Biscuit

Author: Bronwyn B.

With the third week of SSP fully in session, nightly psets have become more complicated; regardless, NMT’s intrepid astronomers have found ways to add in late-night games or social calls to meet new people and spend time together that isn’t dominated by an impending pset deadline.

A newly introduced game, Codenames has sparked some passionate discourse over what fairly qualifies as a word. When the blue team took a well-deserved win in a game during social block, the red team protested the clever clues put forth by the opposing spymaster that secured the victory.

During learning blocks, lectures grow closer to allowing teams to fully track their asteroid’s orbit, but simultaneously grow more complex. Oftentimes we’ve had to return to notes multiple times before something begins to click.

(The credit for this image goes to the infinitely creative Matt)

After lectures, we’ve had opportunities to talk to our TA’s and hear more about their experiences and recommendations for college. Abby and Katie both provided wonderful advice, bolstered by an ardent debate on the advantages of MIT vs. Yale. 

Also worked on today were shirt designs for the annual SSP merch. With seven designs submitted, voting will commence tomorrow morning. Many of the designs are astronomy-inspired and contain clever easter eggs that reference shared experiences and inside jokes.

(My own personal QOD, inspired by a prospective design: is this the equatorial/ecliptic planes, or two pickles on a toothpick?)

To close out the day, our group had a critical discussion on the value of living near snow- apparently some of our group members (Crystal) don’t see the appeal to weather below 80 degrees. 

(Real, shocking image of rare snow in Texas)

Thus concludes the blog post for this Thursday, approximately halfway through the SSP experience. I look forward to seeing what the remainder of the program has in store! 

Hello! I’m Bronwyn, a rising senior from Boulder, Colorado (where we have snow more than once every century). I like hiking, baking, intensely reading random Wikipedia articles on history, and reading about quantum computing and astronomy.