I feel: 😊(happy)
Today was better. Life is getting back to normal, and I’ve got a lot to think about.
This morning the 3D scanning team had a class with Xiao Zhang. We’re doing a crash course in industrial engineering, so today we talked about materials and even got to see a 3D metal printer! With regards to materials, we were introduced to various acids and flammable substances. We were also shown 200 proof alcohol.
For lunch and lecture, instead of a professor coming in, we had a graduate student Question and Answers panel. It was a really educational hour, because I didn’t know what it took to get into graduate school. Before college, I had no idea graduate school required an adviser. We were given great tips on how to find an adviser, how to prepare for the GRE, and how to make the most of your time. It was also really interesting to hear the differences between undergraduate and graduate life.
Since I spent most of the meeting with Eliot and my team crying yesterday, I went in again today to actually talk about everything. It was an eyeopening talk. It’s daunting to address my weaknesses, but it’s encouraging to hear that everything will be okay. Coming away from the meeting, I know I have a lot to think about. I’m definitely nervous, but I hope my confidence can propel me to face these challenges head on. Eliot is super awesome, and he asks great questions. While I may not know how to answer the questions, being introduced to them is thought provoking and helpful.
We met with our graduate mentors to formally discuss writing our research paper today! 😃(exciting)
For our craft of research class, we discussed the discussion section of a research paper and also how to cite sources. While I know the discussion section feels like a long ways away for the team right now, it’s exciting to talk about the implications our work can have in the field of forensics.
Oh yeah. I don’t think I mentioned what our new project is. We are still comparing 3D point cloud data, except this time we are comparing bullets instead of 3D printed metal.
Tidbit(s) of information:
• Communicating well is one of the toughest skills to learn.
• Stop and smell the roses.
• I have met so many amazing people throughout my time here. I want to thank everyone (and there’s a lot of you) who has supported and listened to me these past five weeks. Thank you for helping me feel better, vent, understand life, talk about what matters.