Finding the Perfect STEM Internship

Friday, December 30, 2016

The time for summer internships applications has arrived. I had not thought much about this up until recently. The idea of applying for internships frightens me probably more than the idea of applying to colleges frightened me. I honestly have felt so lost and overwhelmed with the whole process. Thankfully there have been some wonderful people who have stepped up and given me some great advice. The internet has also helped in answering some of my most detailed questions. This is what I've learned so far.

*As a physics major, a lot of these resources are physics oriented but with a little adjusting could work for any STEM major

2017 Science Fiction Reading Challenge

Monday, December 26, 2016

I always see book challenges floating around the internet and they're always super great. As a fan of classic science fiction, I've been looking for an excuse to try and read more modern science fiction. This science fiction reading challenge is perfect because it plans for just one book per month and covers a wide variety of topics within the sci-fi genre. I'm super excited to get started. It might be useful to plan out the 12 books you plan on reading this year or even pick each book as you go!

12 Science-Fiction Books in 2017

  • A classic book
  • A self-published book
  • Published this year
  • Going to be a movie this year
  • An unread sci-fi book from your collection 
  • Recommended by a friend (feel free to ask me!)
  • A long (more than 500 pg) book
  • A short story
  • A book involving time travel
  • A dystopian novel
  • Young Adult Sci-fi
  • Set on another planet

Semester Review

Thursday, December 22, 2016

This semester was a pretty good one. I was a bit nervous at the beginning, mostly because I signed up for chemistry and the lab. I may love all things STEM but I've always had difficulties in chemistry. However, I put in a decent amount of studying and ended up doing pretty well.

I also took calculus which I was REALLY nervous about. Calculus is something that is vital for my major and I knew that this semester would be super important in seeing if I actually have what it takes to major in physics. I studied the most for this class and it really payed off. During the semester it felt like a true sacrifice to spend all my weekends and evenings doing practice problem after practice problem... but it was worth it. I consistently aced each exam and understood the topics easier that I had thought. I'm glad I put in the effort and made that foundation quite strong before I move on to the next levels in the math sequence.

Overall it was a great semester and I can't wait to take physics and calc II in the spring!

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