- Departure Date:
- Dec. 13 2013
- Return Date:
- Mar. 23 2014
- Local Institution:
- University of Virginia
- Local Advisor:
- Scott Ransom
- Foreign Institution:
- Cagliari Observatory
- Foreign Advisor:
- Andrea Possenti
- Student Status:
- Graduate Student
- Q. What country were you staying in?
- Q. What university were you attending/doing research at?
was not at a university. Rather, I was at the Osservatorio
Astronomico di Cagliari.
- Q. How long were you there?
From the middle of December 2013 to the middle of March 2014.
- Q. What sort of research were you doing?
was analyzing magnetar data from the GBT (basic pulsar
reduction stuff) and participating in some of the commissioning of
- Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing?
- Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad?
Leaving the American bubble.
- Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language?
Not sure…there were lots.
- Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad?
Being away from familiar commodities; having to build “from scratch”
how to get along.
- Q. What did you do in your free time?
Walked around/explored, shopped, ran, dined with friends.
- Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
Ran to the top of a very beautiful overlook of the city of Cagliari,
and then was accompanied down by locals who drove me around to a
- Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
don’t think there was anything weird about my experience. I
- Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad?
Just do it. The anxieties preventing you from going are not worth
losing out on the experience that you get in exchange.
- Q. What skills have you learned abroad?
improved my Italian language skills, I suppose.
- Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d
Yes and yes, but they are all probably fairly minor things.