I grew up in Nampa, Idaho. I couldn’t tell a potato crop from a sugar
beet crop or anything else that grows in the ground. Napoleon Dynamite
is an inaccurate representation of a very sad city on the other side of
Apartment #: 2306
Roommate: Pearl Conden
What did you think about living in your apartment?
Actual Building: Pretty nice, the oven
didn’t work and the beds were a little bad, but it still quickly became
home. It is a very nice arrangement and very comfortable to live in.
When you first come into a situation living with four completely different people, you obviously have a good deal of apprehension. You and everyone else have your own ideas and traditions of living. Everyone has their own sleeping patterns, their own eating habits and general living styles. But I quickly learned that it isn’t really that difficult to take all those differences and mesh them together. Living in an apartment with two vegetarians was an obvious demonstration of this. It may appear difficult to combine two completely different diets, but very quickly you find yourself considering both diets before you shop or cook. It was educational, interesting and fun to observe and try to merge the different cultures and lifestyles of four different people and get to spend two months living, working and getting to know them.
Describe what you did and learned at your summer work site.
Working in the
Electrical Systems Design Integration department, I was lucky enough to
get assigned to two sections. In the Cable and Harness Engineering
section, my project was to look up the drawings of boxes previously used
on satellites, take the connector count and find the complementary
harness connector for the box connector. Once I had a database of all
the harness connectors for the generic satellite boxes, I researched the
connector weights and finally calculated the total connector weight for
the harness side of each box.
What was your favorite experience at NASA SHARP?
It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to pinpoint the one event or experience that would qualify as my favorite part of the program. The whole experience in itself is so much of a ‘favorite experience’ that I cannot break it down. Every day in the program has been amazing, no matter if it was simply going to work and then watching TV and talking or swimming and going to bed extremely late, or going to Disneyland, or Dryden (or getting lost in the-middle-of-nowhere California). The people in the program quickly became some of my closest friends. Getting to spend eight weeks with people that have interests that mirror your own is an indescribable experience. Living completely distanced from everything that I grew up around - parents, friends, home – has made this program more exciting. Besides the amazing people and amazing things we all get to see and do, the best part is getting to say ‘I worked for NASA.’
Words to live by:
"It's the friends you can call up at 4 am that matter"