My first week at NSF has been absolutely amazing! Though there’s been a learning curve in figuring my way around the facility, defining my research project, and establishing norms in my daily work routine, I can honestly say that my perspective has significantly shifted during this short time. Specifically, I have been introduced to so many Black scientists working in various divisions of the Foundation; personally, I have never witnessed this before. Back home and even throughout my travels, I’ve yet to witness a sector where African Americans are holding influential positions in the proportion that I’ve seen here. I feel extremely proud and hopeful, especially knowing that these men and women are actively working on projects and programs to broaden diversity in STEM fields.
Another detail that I must highlight is the fact that the HRD staff has made my transition an easy one. The coworkers in my directorate have not only welcomed me with open arms, but have taken an interest in personally helping me to get to the next level. Somehow daily interactions and introductions turn into meaningful conversations about graduate school and professional opportunities that I didn’t know existed. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to work with individuals whom I aspire to become like, and I hope to learn as much from them as possible in the coming weeks.