Orientation Week was great!
Over the past week, I've had the opportunity to engage in many special, uncharacteristic activities. Coming from the small town of Blackville, South Carolina, (buried in the low-country somewhere near the Savannah River) it isn't often that I experience the climate and geography that Socorro, New Mexico provides. Visiting the Magdalena Ridge Observatory and the ensuing seven-mile hike down the mountain to Hop Canyon are definitely memories I will never forget. (My knees will especially remember the hike!) I've met a lot of great people, including my fellow interns, knowledgeble discussion leaders, and a very hospitable host in Michael Hubenthal. This was a great opportunity to expand my network. Before reading any more of this or any other subsequent post, I feel it is very important that you read the following message.
DISCLAIMER: I AM A MATHEMATICS MAJOR!!
That was my disclaimer, and your warning! Lol.
The past couple of days have been quite the learning experience. While I've taken a couple of Geology courses at school, it isn't quite a match for actually seeing the geology you're discussing. Coming into this summer I understand that my knowledge of Geophysics is very limited, but the programs and mathematical methods that we were introduced to this week provide avenues for vast growth. Using the Unix, Matlab, and GMT tutorials were especially helpful and I'm sure they willbe revisited many times! One topic that generated the most interest in me over the orientation week was Rick Aster's segment over Linear Algebra and the Geophysical Inverse Theory. It was refreshing to hear after having most of the geologic jargon of the week fly past my ears.
If there's anyone out there who endured my first blog post, thanks for reading!
Stay tuned, there may be hope for this lowly Math major after all!
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