Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Day 30 (Aug 16 - Last Work Day)

The majority of the work today has been doing last minute run through's of our presentations. Everyone's sounds very put together and knowledgable. We are all still working on fluency and where to fix our "scripts".

Dr. Messinger really liked Madi and my presentation when we went over it with him in the morning. We just had to fix a couple of slides that had been messed up when the slide show was converted from Google Slide show to Microsoft Slide show.

We went to Global Village for the last time and have been enjoying our last day together as High School Interns.

Tomorrow's the big day. All of us are nervous and excited.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Day 29 (Aug 15 - Varsity Swimming Starts Today)

Madi was able to work more on the power point over the weekend while I was in Canada. She has a way better idea of how to do presentations than I do.

I finally typed up a suitable script for it and now we just have to practice... a lot. My flashcards for last Friday could not hold enough information and were a pain to look back upon to read.

Now I know that I also have to edit my script. I forgot to put in a section on Classification processes. But Madi and I were able to present in 15 minutes and maintained everyone's attention.

I have to leave early today to swim. yay. Good news: I won't have to run in scorching hot weather. Bad news: I haven't been running all summer, only swimming. As per usual, I will be the snail in the group. (This is why I like academics-based activities, like this internship, better.)

Day 28 (Aug 12 - Better Day)

Making flash cards (should have done this before the peer review...)

Editing slide show to fit my needs (there was way too much writing)

Happier by 11:00. Swimming after internship is a great physical stress reliever, but I tend to mentally wander and don't pace correctly and lose track of number of laps. (not good during sets) Then I am physically and mentally incapable to doing much of anything productive once I get home. (This includes packing stuff for the next day... I've been pretty good by 1/2 way through the internship. Then I forgot to bring the double batch of salsa that I made for today's cookout. Damnit!!!)

My mom brought the salsa... Good news: everyone loved it. Better news: I got to make another batch this evening.

 Presentation try 2 was better than try 1. It still needs a lot of work though. Our slides were better presented, but I definitely saw our fellow interns' eyes glaze over by 15 minutes. Dr. Easton was coming down to the auditorium to check out the presentations but we had already finished. He got my email and told me to talk to my advisers if I was interested in continuing work with the center in the future.

Now I have two questions in my heading running on never ending repeat:

What do I want to do for the rest of my life? (job)

Where do I want to go to college to get to that point? (RIT? elsewhere?)

At least Madi and I don't have any videos in our slide. But it's still difficult for me to explain the Spectral Profile graph and the Hyperspectral Cube. not to mention I forgot to properly label the Spectral Profile. Oops. Atleast our presentation is 20 min. instead of 30.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Day 27 (Aug 11 - Presenting is Not my Cup of Tea. It's extremely bitter coffee)

Blunt version: Presentations are scary.

I understand the idea that sharing knowledge furthers the search and discovery for other people. But I never liked the spotlight. Spotlight = Limelight for me. 30 min. presentation. Madi and I need to cut that in half by using an actual script. I had one bad year of presentations already. I don't need that for next Wednesday.

I stuck in way too much writing into the slide show. We confused our friends with what the goal of our research group was about.

We need to practice a lot tomorrow and finish our edits.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Day 26 (Aug 10 - Doc. Restoration)

Most of the day was continuing to revise the power point presentation. So far so good with it. Madi and I should just practice now and look for how the flow feels... and then some.

Wednesday talk was by Dr. Roger L. Easton. Madi and I met him earlier this week through Dr. Messinger. I would say he is a bit difficult to describe. He is very knowledgeable and experienced, outgoing and very pleasant to be around. I think that's its because of people like Mr. Cullen's, Mr. Pow, Dr. Messinger, Dr. Easton and all of the other people who work in the center that I am considering Imaging Science for college. They contribute a lot to society and have fun with what they do. (Most of the time that is. I know through the summer work that that imaging processing can get tedious and repetitive very quickly. But knowing that there is still so much more work to do out in the world with this knowledge is motivation enough and interesting to know about. (Repetitive and improper grammar. Sorry readers.) I look forward to talking with him more tomorrow about his travels. We had to cut him off short when he started to get into his trip in Georgia (not sure on the spelling, it's an ex-Soviet country North of Armenia).

Tomorrow's plans:
  • work in the morning and practice presenting/ visit with Dr. Easton
  • lunch: practice informal presentation of slide show amongst fellow interns
  • Work on revisions after practice presentation
  • Meet with the Doc. early afternoon to run-through presentation
  • Break time @ end of day and sometime before lunch?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Day 25 (Aug 9 - Planetary Model)

Everyone is working on their final presentations. I still find it difficult to work on it. It's almost done now, Madi and I need to get in our results pages, fine tune the other slides, and practice presenting.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Day 24 (Aug 8th - Back to Slaughter Hall/ Bye Bye 21st Century Music/ Presentation Slides started)

  • updating blog
  • We have a Document Restoration professor coming in for a Wednesday talk this week.
  • Morning meeting with Doc. M: going over specifics of slide show: exactly what each general program is:
    • Classification
    • Principal Components Analysis (PCA)
    • Signature Detection
    • Spatial Processing
  • Starting the slide show presentation. Work on the Gough Map is temporarily suspended. If there is extra time, then we will continue with last minute processing. Approximate number of slides established, labeled, and bulleted where possible.
    • I'm realizing that perhaps presenting to a knowledgeable audience would be way easier with Madi and my level of knowledge than with a more general public audience. I had this idea in my head for the longest time that presenting to a general audience would be less terrifying than presenting in front of a knowledgeable audience because I could b.s. my way through something I don't know. Oh that young, ignorant, immature of brain of mine from way back when. (Ok, maybe five years ago -ish. Just a personal reflection here.)
  • Madi was between working and talking/ laughing with Cici. (My point of view)
  • Alice, Maria and I stop by the Physicians Assistant section of Louis Slaughter Hall (more like an adjacent building that can be accessed through Slaughter Hall). I was there during College and Careers for a P.A. panel. Maria brought up how she was interested in maybe going for a P.A. program when I shared a (somewhat) brief synopsis of each of the panels I had attended. I couldn't give her a very good description of the RIT P.A. program, so I thought maybe I could help her track down one of the presenters during C&C and have her give Maria a brief rundown of how to get into RIT's P.A. program. The department is more specific than either of us realized... A lot of shadowing appears to be in order before applying.
  • I continued working on putting more stuff into the slide show. Goal: a rough draft slide show done by Wednesday. Putting some images in now.
  • Maybe work on 2-day College and Careers EXTRA blogs later? (Gotta figure out a better way to transfer phone pictures to a PC...)
Listening to the 60s, 70s, and 80s music for most of the day. What can I say, I like my parents' music. I get a bit tired of 21st century country singers, love songs, and boy bands sometimes.