Orientation week here at New Mexico Tech is coming to a close, and it's an understatement to say that I've learned a lot. We've covered local geology, data processing methods, UNIX commands, and earthquake basics. Together we've explored an observatory, analyzed seismograms, tangled with MatLab and climbed down a mountain! But the most interesting part of the week, for me, was learning about how this summer's project is like a test run for the future.
Throughout the week we've heard from professors, peers, industry employees and current grad students about some of the paths we can take in our future. Master's and Ph.D degree programs were covered in detail, and we got an outline of what life can be like working for a company in Houston. And all of it has been especially valuable to me. I think a lot about what I want to do in the future, and it seems like every day I have a new preference for what I want to be when I grow up. IRIS gives us the opportunity to have candid conversations with these folks, and get a taste of what each field is really like.
This summer's project will be a lot of things, including an introduction into academic research and learning how to set my own schedule for a long-term project. It will be a challenge, of course, but with the help of my mentor and the support of my fellow interns I can't wait to see what I'll be bringing to AGU this December!
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