The most important lesson I have learned is to have confidence and always believe in myself. There were times when I thought that I wasn’t capable of achieving a goal I had set for myself and times when I thought I wasn’t good enough to deserve good things for myself. Because I didn’t believe in myself I passed up wonderful opportunities and ran away from things that I was capable of doing. I always believed that there were people out there that were doing ten times better than me, therefore I shouldn’t even bother trying because they’d just beat me anyway. It took a long time for me to realize that if I only believed in myself then I could do anything that I wanted to. It took a long time for me to grasp the idea that I was worthy of going after the best and having the best. It was because of those realizations that I am able to be in a program like this and achieve things I never dreamed could be real.
Apartment #: 2306
Roommate: Elizabeth Setren
What did you think about your apartment?
My apartment was a very calm and quiet apartment that rarely got visited after the television was taken out of it.
What did you learn from living in an apartment with other people?
It is difficult moving into an apartment with people you know nothing about. The first few days everything is wonderful. Everyone acts nice and does their part to contribute. Then after a while you start not to like it because you lose a lot of your privacy and every time you do something you have to be considerate of the other people in the apartment. You also start to notice bad habits that people have. On the brighter side, it can be fun to have other people around because you learn lots of new things and have a lot of new experiences. You never have to feel lonely because there is always someone there to talk to.
Describe what you did and learned at your summer work site.
At my worksite,
Boeing Satellite Development Center, I have worked on and learned many
things. The main thing I worked on and learned about at BSS was solar
panel testing. I learned what solar panels were and the various tests
that were run on them, such as LAPSS and thermal cycling.
What was your favorite experience at NASA SHARP?
My most interesting,
memorable, and favorable experience during the NASA SHARP program was
meeting astronaut Leland Melvin at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory). When
I first heard we were going to meet an astronaut, I wasn’t too
enthusiastic. It was something that I had to do rather than something I
was looking forward to doing. I went into the lecture room expecting to
Words to live by:
"Life is about the struggle. If there wasn’t a struggle, there would be nothing to live for."