I know the past week has been filled with radio silence, but there’s a pretty good reason for that!

Monday was HR orientation day. We went over basic but vital information and played some icebreaker games.

Tuesday was our first real day. It was unreal, however, driving through the gate and realizing I was finally going to be working at NASA for the summer! A note to future interns: Be sure to study the map of Johnson Space Center because it’s ridiculously huge, and the roads can be a bit confusing. I finally got parked after driving through three lots trying to figure out where there was non-reserved parking.

I walked into Building 1, stepped in the elevator, and made my way to the third floor where my mentor’s office is. We had our first meeting, he showed my fellow intern and me around the office, introducing us to the people in our department. The rest of the day is a bit of blur because of all the people we met and just getting settled in.

The rest of the week was awesome. I had the privilege of sitting in cool meetings and meeting more awesomely smart and interesting people. I felt like a kindergartner in more than one way: Everything was new, fresh, and exciting, and I was exhausted every night and slept like a rock.

I have another day off tomorrow, and then it’s back to work on Monday. I’ve never looked forward to going to work so much in my life!