Nurkyz’s June 15th Blog

Hello everyone! My name is Nurkyz, but you can call me Nura. I have been keeping busy with various activities at the SSP, and Thursday (June 15) was no exception.

The morning began with a math lecture since I prioritized sleeping in over the long walk to the dining hall for breakfast. The second lecture was on coding, which I thoroughly enjoyed. One of the best parts of SSP is tackling problems in different fields each day to help determine your interests. So far, the programming Psets have been my favorite.

At dinner, I sat with Dr. H and listened to interesting stories about his life and the lives of others. Meanwhile, I was unsurprised to learn that observations were postponed today due to weather conditions. Although I was excited to use a telescope for the first time, the cancellation allowed us extra evening time to work on problem sets. After solving five problems, I felt satisfied, and my neurons needed a rest, so I went to the dorms. Then, I spent some time calling and texting my family. Hopefully, my roommate was not asleep too early!

SSP and the people:

I would describe our community as diverse and welcoming. We help each other a lot with problems, which otherwise seem unsolvable. The long walks to meals have bonded us together through mutual complaining and questioning the reasoning behind the dining hall’s distant location!

I am excited to explore at least one street in North Carolina on Saturday and even more thrilled about the trip to Carolina Beach. It will be my first time seeing the ocean.

In conclusion, my first week at SSP has been an incredibly interesting and new experience despite some small challenges. I feel fortunate to be part of such an inspiring community of young scientists and strikeball lovers. 

About me:

 I am from the mountainous motherland of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. This is the first time I’ve left my family for an overseas adventure of this magnitude. The 25+ hour flight was an experience of a lifetime in itself – by the end, I felt like I had aged at least a decade! I’m an IB kid by day, but by night, you can find me strumming my guitar, running an educational center (we teach SAT and IELTS), or working on Kyrgyzstan’s first satellite with the Kyrgyz Space Program.

Fun fact: English is my third language, so keeping up with the speed and slang of American English has been a bit of a challenge. My strategy so far involves a lot of smiling, head nodding, and hoping for the best!