💫 August 2nd, 2018.
I have accepted an internship at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
I will be living in Houston for 4 months, where I will be working for NASA.
I will be working with wireless architecture, Internet of Things in Space, and the standards for the before-mentioned things. I’m so incredibly excited for this opportunity because it is exactly what I want to do- what I love doing.
There’s also a lion that will be joining me on my journey… Meet Leo!
Leo is the cutest little lion, and he’s so soft. I’m so excited to share my journey with a cute little lion, and with all my friends, family, and readers!
If you’re interested in specific small details, the internship application process, or anything else like that… check out the “National Aeronautics and Space Administration” category!
And of course, these views are my own and do not represent or speak for NASA in any way.
I’ll be using this page of my blog for my big NASA updates, so stay tuned for more additions!💫 August 8th, 2018.
I found a place to live! I will be renting a room from a NASA employee and her family, and I’m incredibly excited. All I need now is a way to get to Texas.
💫 August 11th, 2018.
Everything fell into place. I am driving down on the Friday before my internship begins with a family friend! It’ll be a long 21 hour drive, but I am so excited to finally be going. I’ve gotten multiple emails from my mentor, some advice from the current intern in my position, and some other super helpful advice from the intern coordinators. My next big update will be from Houston, Texas!
💫 September 2nd, 2018.
It’s been a month since I accepted my internship offer, and I just completed my first week at NASA. There are so many emotions and feelings, and it’s so different from anything I expected. I am surrounded by the friendliest, most brilliant group of people. I’ve learned so many things already, from NASA-specific things to a lot of electrical engineering concepts relating to my project. It all seems incredibly over my head right now, but I can say that I absolutely love where I am and what I’m doing. I’m so excited to be here and learn the most I can. All the other interns are so friendly and my NASA co-workers are phenomenal people… everyone is so happy to be where they are and it’s such a wonderful environment. I am so excited to see where the next 16 weeks take me, both professionally and personally.
💫 September 20th, 2018.
Today, I met NASA director Jim Bridenstine, along with First Daughter Ivanka Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, and Representative Brian Babin. I also got a tour of the FIRST Robotics Team 118 (Robonauts) facility, and I got to ride in the MRV; a Modular Robotic Vehicle. I’ve also had many other great opportunities; I was able to take a selfie with astronaut Anne McClain (and I ended up in the Houston Chronicle!), I listened to an amazing lecture by Ginger Kerrick, and I’ve learned so much about my project, NASA, engineering, and myself.
💫 October 19th, 2018.
It’s my birthday at NASA, and I’ve done so much cool stuff. I got a tour of the planes at Ellington Field, and I was in the Super Guppy at the same time as some of the crew from the US Navy Blue Angels! Tomorrow, I’m going to the Wings over Houston airshow, and I am incredibly excited. I’ve done a lot of other amazing stuff along the way.
💫 November 11th, 2018.
I’m officially over halfway done with my NASA internship, and it’s actually incredibly saddening. I’m going to miss all my new friends so much, and all the random stuff we get to do. I’ve gotten to tour the Mission Control Center and the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. I’ve met some incredible people including an origami artist working on space origami. I got my project working (mostly). The Civil Air Patrol squadron at Ellington has become such a big part of my time here. I’ve gotten sick, I learned how to lift weights at the Gilruth Center, and I’ve done some NASA outreach events. I’ve eaten so much new food and I’ve explored so many new places. I even got to watch Apollo 13 projected onto a Saturn V. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.
💫 November 20th, 2018.
Today, I got NAUI scuba certified. The water was about 60 degrees, but it was so amazing. I got to learn from an amazing diver who works at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA, and I just could not be more excited.
💫 December 1st, 2018.
Today concludes the PAXC trip; about 35 interns from all over different NASA centers came to JSC and we hosted them. What an amazing weekend it was! I finally rode the tram from Space Center Houston with my intern best friend, and it was an amazing networking opportunity. I’ve also done so many other amazing things, like touring the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, giving a tour of Mission Control, shooting a 9mm Ruger pistol, buying cowboy boots, and regularly attending the Les Mills Bodypump and Bodyflow classes! I also saw Waterparks today. In their hometown. Their biggest headliner show. From the FRONT ROW.
💫 December 8th, 2018.
Today, I passed my Amateur Radio Technician License exam. Yesterday, I met Gene Kranz. What a lovely end to a phenomenal week.
💫 December 13th, 2018.
It was my last day today, and I cried so many times. I am not okay. I promise I’ll be back, NASA. Texas is phenomenal, and my branch at NASA was amazing. I could not have asked for more amazing people to work with this semester. I am blown away by the intelligence and compassion that is NASA. You haven’t heard the last of me.