Coming into this program, I was a little nervous. I wasnít totally sure who or what to expect: would I be okay without my family for this long, would I like the people here, would it be worth giving up my summer? The answer was, yes. This summer taught me that I can take care of myself, that I can get by as long as I have friends by my side, and that getting tossed into the most culturally diverse environment Iíve ever been in and getting to make these friends at the same time is well worth one summer, especially when we were all going to places Iíd never been and having fun while we werenít at work. I also found that even though I came here and was worried about the kind of people Iíd be with, everyone was just a normal person and I got along with everyone, and I hope I keep in touch with as many people from this summer as I can.
Apartment #: 2204
Roommate: Erik Judson
What did you think about your apartment?
Itís not always easy to put a bunch of guys in one apartment and have them cook and clean and do everything else for themselves, but we made it work. The way we were organized with our shopping, cooking, and cleaning helped keep us from having any misunderstandings about whose turn it was to do anything. Also, we all managed to get along with each other and didnít have problems within the apartment, so that made it easy for us to have fun in our free time.
What did you learn from being in an apartment with other people?
This summer I learned not only through being an apprentice, but through living with other apprentices as well. From living in an apartment with other people, I learned that though I may not be the best prepared to take care of myself, Iíll make it through college. I, like some of the other guys, didnít usually cook and do my own laundry all the time, but through some trial and error, some perseverance, and some laughs, I found I can provide for myself better than I would have expected. Also, I learned that you can put people that are completely different from each other in one room and when they all work towards a common goal, they can survive and work through all challenges presented to them.
Describe what you did and learned at your summer work site.
This summer during my apprenticeship at Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (BIDS), I learned that there are a lot more people involved in the aerospace industry than I thought. I had an idea of all the responsibilities and tasks that went into a project, but I didnít know that there were so many people who specialized in single aspects to ensure the best results in all areas. Also, I learned the concept of how shockwaves are formed during supersonic flight and learned some concepts of the thermal area of flight, namely how temperatures change in flight as a result of speed and altitude, and used both these concepts to calculate data and produce spreadsheets that display this data effectively.
What was your favorite experience at NASA SHARP?
My favorite experience during the NASA SHARP program was getting a preview of how life will be after high school. During the program, I did my own laundry, cooked for myself and others, and had to make sure I was ready and on time for work and everything else we had to do here, pretty much college next year. It was different, being away from my family for so long and all, but enjoyable because I was with a bunch of friends (who were completely and total strangers just a few weeks ago). My favorite experience, overall, was the feeling of being on my own, but not alone.
Words to live by:
ďHey, you want this done NOW, or you want this done RIGHT?Ē-Raymundo X. MuŮoz
ďIf everyone is thinking alike, someone isnít thinking.Ē-General George S. Patton, Jr.
ďThe only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.Ē-Vince Lombardi