What I like about ISU so far…

The mixture of idealism and realism is at an acceptable ratio. I expected many, many more “space cadets” than I have met here. What’s a space cadet? —a discussion for a different day, but I’ll be satisfied with explaining that the other students that I’ve met here in Strasbourg have other interests in addition to space-related interests. This is a huge relief; going to space is an important personal goal, mostly for selfish reasons, but there are other interests that I want to include in my personal and professional life. There is a wonderful variety—and quantity—of experienced and educated people participating in the summer session program. Is it rude to admit that I didn’t expect this much quality from the program? —maybe not rude, but arrogant, certainly arrogant. I barely remember what I expected, but my experiences so far exceed expectations. One example, then I will be off to lunch: many of the lecturers and other faculty—mostly borrowed faculty but some permanent—have real responsibilities in the industry. More later—food now…

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