Sarah and I fretted to no end about the research symposium, as seen from last week's post. We practiced and prepared and got all of our points down. Yet, when we got there, it was a lot more relaxed than we had initially thought. Our grad students tried to tell us this beforehand, but that didn't quell our nervousness. It was really nice to talk to people about our project to people who were genuinely interested in it. The experience was very validating, especially when teachers came forward when they recognized Bloom's Taxonomy! It was also really fun to hear and see what all the other researchers were working on this summer, in particularly the researchers I had interacted with in the weekly workshops but didn't talk to outside of work. It felt like a big party more than anything!
After we tackled the Symposium, the next day we had to individually present our projects in front of all of the Science of Software researchers, as well as the mentoring professors. That sent us through a loop! As somebody who gains presenting confidence solely from practice, it was extremely scary to find that Sarah and I had extremely similar presentations (a big no-no).
Last minute slide and content changes were made a mere hour before the presentations began, but we persevered, (somehow!). While I stumbled a few times, I am confident I did the best I could have. It also helps that our project isn't particularity interesting so I could see a lot of the audience tuning me out, haha.
Funny thing is, I am more nervous about missing my flight or not allotting enough time to go through security than I am of the flight itself. When I first came here, I arrived at the airport two hours before my flight left (another 7am flight mind you), only to find that the lines were non-existent and I found myself waiting around for about an hour and a half. However, here were are again, same fears, same procedures.
However, I made it back home in one piece (somehow) and reunited with friends and family (pictured above). Thank goodness!