Blog Post 8/4/17

Welcome Back Faithful Readers,

I made it!

I’m sitting in the Reagan Washington National Airport waiting on my flight back to Baton Rouge. As I reflect upon my experiences this summer, two words come to mind: gratitude and growth. Yes, they both start with the letter “g” :]

Gratitude: The more I live, the more I grateful I become. If you’ve been able to read along this summer, you know that many people have willingly and selflessly invested in my life – personally, professionally, and academically. To keep things short and sweet, I won’t go into all the of the ‘who’ and ‘what’ details, because this post would be wayyyyyyyy too long. However, I will mention the fact that so many of my NSF friends and mentors came to see my final presentation this week. Though they are all well beyond where I am today, they gave their time to support and encourage me. Priceless!

Presenting my research at NSF

Presenting my research at NSF

Growth: The paradox of learning is that you begin to realize how much more you have to learn! The QEM internship provided me with an environment conducive to explosive growth, and my goal is to recreate that environment wherever I find myself in life. I never want to stop learning and growing, because everything I gain becomes a gift that I can give to others around me.

Saying my goodbyes was certainly bittersweet, but I’m excited about stepping out into what’s next. As it says in Ecclesiastes,

“Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.”