I just wrote a whole post and it somehow got erased, so here I go again. I have to keep this short because I’m so busy trying to get everything done that needs to get done before the program ends. Currently I’m working on my symposium presentation (sneak preview on your left), which is taking longer than expected. I decided to use an alternative presentation format, but I think that when it’s done it will definitely have been worth it. My hope is to finish by this afternoon so that the rest of my time here can be spent working on my final document.
Last week was mostly spent transcribing the interviews that I did in Portland and Seattle, but by the end of the week I started on my final presentation. My mentor, Dr. Tim, also gave me a copy of a white paper on aquaculture that was published in 2009. I found this really helpful, as it gave me an idea of what my final document should include and how it should be organized. While I have experience with technical writing, my biggest difficulty is being concise. Since it is an informative white paper, it is meant to have many bullet points and brief factual statements. Achieving that and communicating the importance and research that I’ve done will be a great accomplishment. I think the best way to start that process is by finishing my presentation, as it relays my information as to-the-point as possible.
On Wednesday I got to perform with Diego, Becca (Volunteer Coordinator at the VC) and her fiancee Chris. It was a great experience, especially since I have a really hard time getting on stage. I’m proud of the different things I’ve allowed myself to experience this summer and I hope to take that with me when I leave.
Again, this week and next week are gearing up to be my busiest, but I’m so ready to see my work pulled together in a well-organized document. While I won’t get to see the full white paper for a few months (it’s being edited and combined with a previous interns work), I think that just seeing my portion on a printed page will give me a lot of satisfaction. ALSO, this Friday is my 22nd birthday! I’m sad I can’t spend it with my family and friends at home, but the friends I’ve made this summer will definitely help make it a memorable one.