Oh boy, finally my last blog post. I remember when I first found out I was accepted as a CREU scholar I went and read a bunch of blog posts from members during the 2016-2017 year. If ANYONE out there is reading this blog post, I will tell you that writing a year’s worth of blog posts is a lot harder than it sounds. Now I finally understand why so many of those posts began to taper off towards the end, haha!

It has been very helpful, though, to write about all my success/failures in a weekly ‘journal’. I hope I’ll always have this website up to remember the year I spent researching with Dr. Rosen. This was probably the best year of my life and I’m so happy I had the opportunity to research for CREU. The money was very helpful, sure, but the ability to use CREU as a talking point with other students and faculty was the biggest help in my career. Saying your research is funded by a national organization opens a LOT of doors, and I definitely didn’t know how impressive it was until I kept getting these “WOW!” reactions.

When I first thought about grad school, I was studying music back in 2009-2010. I knew I wanted to pursue higher education so I could become an educator. Fast forward to 2015 when I first read about “theoretical computer science”, I thought that was *definitely* what I wanted to study in grad school. It’s funny how differently you can think and feel over time, yet for the past 8 years I’ve always known I’ve wanted to go to grad school! It’s so incredibly cheesy, but I’ve always wanted to help other people pursue their dreams. Maybe more than I’ve wanted to pursue my own “dreams”? Or maybe my dream is to just see people accomplish theirs.

This summer I’ll be working at NREL with Kristi and we have our project all figured out. I’m submitting a poster with Dr. Rosen at the beginning of June to Vis 2018 and I’ll also be hopefully visiting Germany this year with the VALT kids at Tufts! We find out on 6/6 if our paper was accepted, but even if it wasn’t, we’ll resubmit to TVCG. I’m so fortunate and proud to have worked on this research for CREU with Dr. Rosen, I can’t stress it enough. Thank you to those who considered our work worthy and giving this little USF girl a chance. I know I don’t come from a top school, but I truly want to make a mark in the researching world. If anyone reads this, I wish you the best of luck on your future journey!

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