This August, I had the privilege of interning at Advanced Applied Physics Solutions (AAPS) at TRIUMF. When my supervisor first explained the neutron detecting project AAPS that he had been working on, I was overwhelmed by the concept and science behind the project. The supportive team at AAPS willingly and charitably answered every single question I had and provided me opportunities to try new things and explore equipment, coding, and the lab itself.
Every day at TRIUMF, I was exposed to new ideas, seminars, and aspects of coding to create simulations using Python and they weren’t all easy to grasp. Frequently, I found myself stumped at issues and concepts that I didn’t comprehend, but I learned to use my background knowledge to tackle problems. Occasionally, I spent hours perplexed, but the more time I spent applying information I knew, these issues became clear. At times, I became frustrated and tired when I couldn’t find solutions after investing so much effort, but every time the team was always there to support me and suggest other ideas.
As the month draws to an end, so does the internship. Looking back, working at TRIUMF was an amazing experience, allowing me to do and learn so many new skills that I would never have imagined to learn, from coding, to working with incredibly inspirational people in a real-life lab. I am especially grateful and honored to have even been given the opportunity to work with such amazing people in an amazing environment. Thank you so much!