By: James B
It’s been almost two weeks since the start of SSP. During this time, I have been collecting my thoughts and thinking of the best way to describe my experience in this program so far. After careful consideration of all the aspects of the program as well as the experiences I have gone through and expect to go through, I believe I have come up with the perfect summary of the Summer Science Program as a whole. Here it is. SSP…is hard. There, I said it.
Now, going into the program, I was not expecting it to be a complete cakewalk, and I even expected a relatively challenging experience. But, what I got was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The fast-paced nature of SSP along with the extremely challenging course material, combine to create an engaging environment while also severely testing the limits of my knowledge. I’m going to be honest. I was not physically or mentally prepared for the sheer intensity of SSP, but I am extremely proud to be a part of it. I have met some absolutely extraordinary people along the way, and without them, I may not have been able to survive the loaded schedule(especially the grueling number of “Question of the Day”s which require me to actually use the right hemisphere brain and draw).
On a more uplifting note, I have gotten to learn so much from all of the guest speakers we’ve had just in these first two weeks. My fellow “SSPers” and I have gotten to learn about a variety of astrophysics-related topics ranging from how we search for extraterrestrial life to theories on the existence of a multiverse. It seems like almost every day that I am learning something new from extremely prestigious research in the field of astronomy and astrophysics.
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All in all, these past two weeks have been more challenging than anything I have ever experienced in high school by a long shot, and I know that this is only the beginning. From this moment on, I’m only going to further my knowledge and understanding of the subject I love and continue to build relationships with the incredible people I am surrounded with. I don’t quite know how to end this blog thing, so I’ll just leave it with a picture of a dog to boost your emotions.
Hey! As you already read my name is James, but what you didn’t read is that I am a rising senior from San Antonio, Texas. I love to play music, build model rockets, and I am a firm believer that all Christopher Nolan movies are amazing, and there is no other correct opinion. I play what most would probably consider to be an unhealthy amount of video games, and I love to play sports casually like basketball and baseball. I’ll end this section with a couple of hot takes: Chocolate tastes bad, Betelguese is the best star hands down, and if you walk on the left side of a hallway, you are an evil, evil person. Thank you.