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Week 9: Presentations and Goodbyes
- Aug 25, 2006 at 11:21AM
The last few days of my SPS/APS internship have come and gone. Now, back in Michigan, I miss all the people I met this summer already.
Our last weekend in DC was a calm one. Everyone was finishing up and practicing their final presentations, and the heat kept us inside for the most part. Saturday morning we had a tour of the White House, which was a fun and interesting way to get everyone up and walking around the city as a group. Sunday we had our now traditional family dinner. It had a bit of a sad twinge but the great food kept us from thinking about it being the last one too much.
Presentation day was much more relaxed than I had expected. Everyone did an amazing job talking about their projects and answering the questions supplied by the crowd. I think that my presentation went fairly well (Monday's practice definitely helped!), but I handed off my questions too quickly to Jessica and Kendra. My presentation took a little too long because there were so many questions! I've heard questions are a sign of an interested audience, so I was very happy to see the hands in the air.
My trip back to Michigan was slightly complicated by one canceled flight and weather delays, but I made it back in one piece and almost on schedule. Back in Ann Arbor I will settle back into my other job, course development with my advisor Dr. Tim McKay, and wait for fall classes to start in September. There is no telling what this year will bring. I hope that I will be able to find another summer opportunity as fitted to my interests and engaging as this program was. Our group was lucky to fit together so well and I hope that we will all remember this summer as a rewarding experience, wherever our futures lead us.