No Gloomy Days at SSP 

The familiar mountains I had gotten used to after these past few weeks were shrouded in fog this morning. It was a somewhat drab sight, but I guess even the clouds knew that today was the day many of us had been dreading: AP day. I trudged up the hill to SBO for the morning lecture and decided I would look at my scores after class so I could enjoy a few hours of oblivion. After a light and breezy three-hour lecture on random walk and error analysis, we made our way to C4C for lunch. The sky was still gray and my AP scores were still unchecked, but Kara and Stephanie lightened up the mood by singing questionable Pitbull songs on the way there. 

I sat down after getting all of my food and then realized my friend Christina nabbed the last bowl of ramen, much to everyone’s disappointment. As we ate, another one of my friends (and my teammate!) Uluc started chowing down on some lemon slices as if they were oranges. Lunchtime concluded with ice-cream and a nice walk before we had to dash back to SBO.  

Us practicing social distancing 

After yet another light and breezy three-hour lecture, we started working on the PSet. Our holy, wonderful, merciful, graceful, elegant, and intelligent TAs pushed the due date to Friday because of our LSPR assignment, which was (by far) one of the most menial programming tasks we have gotten. As you can see, the stress got to some of us. 

Kara after debugging for three hours

By 8PM, we were done with dinner and back to PSetting. Most of us had checked our AP scores already and there had not been any crying yet, which I took as a great sign. (On a serious note, everyone did great.) I logged into my account a little hesitantly, but I almost jumped when I saw my results. I immediately texted my mom to let her know the good news before going straight back to work. I would like to say that my friends and I got quite a bit done, but we also got sidetracked started an academic adventure to demonstrate the law of conservation of angular momentum. 

Aaron doing his best not to fall off

Christina “Tornado” Ding

I’m not too sure what law is being exemplified here, but it’s probably something important!

Despite the gloomy skies, I left the observatory at around 1AM in a good mood. It was a long, productive day, and I was ready to melt into my bed and stay there for a good 6.5 hours before doing it all again tomorrow. 

Hi! My name is Carlin, and I’m a rising senior in New Jersey. When I’m not doing work or napping, I spend my time playing video games with friends and drawing. I’ve learned so much at SSP so far and I’m excited to learn more.