Disclaimer: This post is a day late. For some reason, I cannot access the VRAC REU 2019 website in the evenings due to a 403 Forbidden error. 😢(sad) I hope this gets resolved soon. In the meantime, here’s my post for July 1st.
I feel: asdfghjkl (unknown)
I’d like to preface today’s post by saying I’m okay. Everything will get better. It’s just been a very interesting day, especially with the confusion of last Friday.
I’m not sure if I really want to delve into my emotions right now, so I’ll give you the rundown of today.
Last friday, the 3D scanning team was given a curveball and a whole new project. We didn’t really say anything, because we needed to process what was going on and if this was actually happening.
Over the weekend, Jennifer and I discussed our understanding of where we were going, but we really weren’t sure.
This morning, Kelsey, Jennifer, and I decided to schedule a meeting with Yi to discuss the project. He clarified that we are taking the project in another direction.
With this concrete knowledge, none of us really knew what we wanted to do with it, but we knew we wanted to talk to someone about it.
Abby was really kind, and let us vent it out. We also emailed Stephen and Eliot to schedule a meeting time.
This afternoon, Kelsey and I stopped by Stephen’s office to see if we could meet. He had about five minutes, and we tried to give him a quick rundown of what was going on. He said he wasn’t worried about us, and that everything was going okay.
This wasn’t what we were expecting, but we had another meeting to go to. We went to meet with Professor Gul K. Kremer. She’s the Department Chair of the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department. The meeting was scheduled for 2:00pm, but she was unavailable right away. In the meantime, Professor Qin was there and was talking to us about the project. He also gave us clarification about our project, and it was definitely a new understanding of how the work we’ve been doing ties into the new project we’ve been given.
We got to meet with Professor Gul K. Kremer at 3:00pm, and she’s so sweet! Her passion for her job is evident in the way she talks about her work. She’s got an amazing work ethic and mindset with everything she does. It was great getting to meet her, and she even invited us to lunch!
Now, it’s almost 4:00pm, and we’ve got a meeting with Eliot about our feelings. This is where my emotions kind of bubble up and explode. After the initial rundown of our understanding of where the project is going, I kind of stopped talking. After Eliot began speaking, I started crying. This meeting was definitely an eye opener. It was an eye opener to my understanding of what research is, my feelings of failure, and optimistic and pessimistic viewpoints. It was a lot to take in and comprehend. Overall, I feel better. Whatever happens, I think I’m ready.
I’m at home now, and I just want to relax and let everything calm down. After the numerous emotions I went through today, I’m kind of emoted out.
This weekend was pretty awesome. On Saturday, we went to the Des Moines Art Festival. It’s a massive art festival. I was only able to get through half of it in two hours! For lunch, we went to Zombie Burgers and I got Sarah’s Revenge.
On Sunday, my friend stopped by! We went and got breakfast together to catch up. I also went to church and took a nap.
I also began reading Stand Out of Our Light by James Williams. The book is for the program, and it’s about the attention economy.
Tidbit(s) of information:
• We went to a new dining place for lunch today. It’s more modern looking, and they have ice cream! Today, they even had chocolate chip cookie dough! 😍(love)
• I’m a little upset that this post wasn’t posted on the correct day. For some reason, I cannot access the website at home anymore. I hope this gets resolved soon, especially since I usually post at night.
• When walking back from lunch, Jennifer and I saw four chipmunks running around! So cute!
• Today’s post title was originally created around noon, but later I added “- except not really anymore” after all of the conversations from the day.