I was rummaging back through my photos from this past summer looking for something (I don’t even remember what it was now), and stumbled on this picture. This was taken from the top floor of the Tech’s Villa in Riva San Vitale on our last morning there before boarding the bus to Rome. It was definitely an awesome place, and looking back through the pictures only makes me want to go back.
The last few days have been pretty quiet around the house as I’ve been getting ready and packing to leave for Blacksburg tomorrow afternoon. I do have some exciting news though. I’m now in the process of finalizing some travel plans for the end of the month. I’ll be heading back up to Baltimore for an interview and another round of “processing” with the National Security Agency for a possible internship for the coming summer. I’m definitely excited about the possibility as their summer program in mathematics sounds like it would be fun. Unlike last year though, I’m trying not to put all my eggs in one basket for the summer. I’m also looking into a couple of REU’s (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in Mathematics all over the country. I’ve really been looking for something for this summer that would be more math oriented than my last two summer internships, if nothing else to see if that’s really the direction I want to go with my life. The NSA position would let me see an example of a job I could get with my math degree and the REU would probably be a good indicator of what I could expect in grad school and beyond in academia.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at all nervous about this next semester. I’ll be back up to 21 credit hours (though without the TA position on top of it this time) and I’ve got a bunch of new responsibilities with the salsa club and around the dorm. But I can also say that this is probably the most excited I’ve ever been about heading back to school. My mom gave me some advice the other day that has really stuck with me as I try to prepare myself: Try not to worry about the things you can’t control, instead, hold on tight and try to enjoy the ride.