NCHC was a really great experience! It was a wonderful opportunity as an undergrad to be able to gather and condense my research into a poster and then share it at a poster session.
To be honest, before the trip, after the amount of time it took to get the information from my research paper into poster form, I was ready to take a long break from the project. However, at the poster session, I was able to talk with professors and students and share my views on the subject while they gave me their input on how I could expand the project and continue on with it. I walked away very inspired, eager to further my research!
Also at the conference were hundreds of other honors students sharing their research through posters or presentations, and I felt so honored to be a part of a group of such interesting people with so many unique ideas. I had a very fun time getting to know some of these people as well, at the various functions that were organized for us, such as the Student Dance and the Gala Concert.
One of my favorite parts of the whole weekend was listening to Aron Ralston, the man who cut off his own arm after getting stuck while hiking through a canyon. His presentation was about the importance of keeping loved ones and friendship close to one's heart. Studies and higher education and "good" jobs can be important, but when one is in a life threatening situation, is the amount of money you make at a prestigious job or your multiple college degrees going to be the last thing one thinks about? No. It's love, and friendship, and family that one really needs to hold onto, the truly important things in life. It was really encouraging to be reminded that grades and degrees, while important, are more like "icing on the cake" in the whole scheme of things. It's more about the people and the love and friendship you have in your life and the ways you touch other's lives.
All in all, it was a very fun weekend, and I'm so glad I was able to participate!
By Julia Dehring