Including myself, there are also two other Techers that are interning here in Houston with Schlumberger. Here I am pictured with Stassy and Joules, outside of the intern orientation and training days we completed this week. All 3 of us are rising seniors at Caltech majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Joules works in a different Schlumberger center across town, and stays in a different housing location. Stassy and I both work in SRC, and live two doors away from one another.
At the training center, we sat through presentations about various company policies. Though the two days of training were tedious, we had the opportunity to meet the other interns from other centers and also participated in a team building competition. The design competition involved building a structure that supported 12 C batteries using a limited amount of paper and tape. The rules and guidelines were very specific, and had factors for the structure that helped your team earn points and determine the winner.
GREAT NEWS! SRC shuts down the office all of next week—which means I get a whole week off and paid vacation! When I discovered that I would get time off of work, I booked a flight to Baltimore, Maryland for about 6 days to visit some of my relatives and celebrate my cousin’s graduation from college. I am super excited and am leaving very early Saturday morning. So from now until Thursday, I will be on vacation– but I will be sure to blog about my time on the east coast while I’m there!
Usually, while writing this post, I would be at Caltech playing volleyball. I begin school eith preseason, which for those unfamiliar (or are planning on joining women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s waterpolo, or cross country) is a 5 week long period before school begins where the sports teams I listed before practice and compete. My life during preseason is basically volleyball 24/7. Two practices a day (during school only one) and game days three days a week. No school work to worry about, spending time with my teammates all day, a nice refresher before school begins.
Every year, the Caltech Society of Women Engineers attends the National SWE conference to network with other SWE Chapters and to hustle for jobs. Last year, the event was in Minneapolis, and the year before in Austin. This time around, it’s in Anaheim which is much more convenient for us. Since it is much closer, we were able to send many more delegates to attend and miss fewer classes in the process of doing so.
It’s truly Autumn in Scotland now. It reached 0 degrees Celsius today, or 32 Fahrenheit for you yanks. They’re setting up the Christmas market downtown (as thanksgiving isn’t a thing here they just skip directly from Halloween to Christmas). Snow isn’t falling, but it does seem to be raining every other day. And it’s pleasant, quite pleasant. The rain turns Edinburgh into even more of a dramatic and beautiful city than usually is.