Some people try to hide from an education during the summer, thinking that they’ve earned not learning anything, thank you very much, let me fill my head with dead flies and bits of fluff. The world is just too massive for that ever to go down, however. A local Cougars and Mustangs correspondent, who wished to remain anonymous but we all know it’s Jenkins, inadvertently ran into several educational experiences over the summer. Here are two:
Cuesta’s very own physics professor, James Eickemeyer (a kindly man I once took astronomy with) enjoys hosting one-unit summer classes abroad, such that those who actually think that visiting a foreign country isn’t a learning experience already, like poor, simple Jenkins, may run into him. This summer he hosted two trips. The first, is the unique experience of visiting the Large Hedron Collider near Switzerland. The LHC is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, considered one of the greatest engineering milestones of mankind. “We were fortunate to get access to the underground facility in CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research),” the professor said. “From this unique experience, we gained a better understanding of the difficulties involved in explaining why the universe is composed of matter rather than antimatter.”
The second trip was for a Global Warming Studies class, and actually involved visitations to New Zealand and Australia, with emphasis on the health of reefs such as the Great Barrier Reef, decreases in glacier size, and increases in the size of deserts. The Global Warming Studies class will hopefully occur again in Europe the following summer.
I myself, at the end of my high school experience, was very blessed to have amassed the money required to travel with my choir to sing in certain spaces in Europe, and let me tell you, it is unforgettable and filled with important memories. If you are able to go out of the country, my advice is to give it a try—it’s hard to regret something you might only get to do once in your lifetime in the first place (assuming the reason why it’s once isn’t due to the high-security prison you’re thrown in afterward).
Hoping to hear more about the cool things students are doing soon!
Intern Chris White-Sanborn once called someone a Large Hedron Collider. The person had no idea how to respond and neither, for that matter, did the intern. Send your collegiate news to firstname.lastname@example.org.