My last post
I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to be a part of the STA program for 6 months. I’ve gained experience, met new people, and worked on interesting projects. Given everything going on in the world at the time of writing, my daily STA stand-up Zoom meeting was something I very much appreciated, both as a way to see friendly faces and as a kind of stabilizing force in a time which is otherwise quite tumultuous. I’m also grateful that I got to be a part of the environment that Suloni and Valerie have cultivated: through the efforts of these incredible supervisors, I truly felt like I was welcome as an STA, despite the fact that I knew nobody. Stacy too has been an encouraging mentor as I’ve tackled the learning curve of web development, and I’m glad that I could always count on him for guidance and advice. And it would be remiss of me to not mention my fellow STAs who complimented my progress, laughed at my Showcase video, and asked about my cat. Everyone made me feel valued not just as a student employee, but also as a person.
In a couple weeks, I’ll be starting my sophomore year at Rice University in Houston. Although I’m excited about this transition, it is unfortunate that I won’t be able to continue with the STA program for the semesters to come. I wish everyone the best for their time in school and for their future endeavors. Altogether, I sincerely enjoyed my time as an STA, and I hope that I’m able to find something like it in the future.