We hit the ground running in ISU. After an initial week of French lessons and getting to know the city of Strasbourg, we started our classes. Our class of 40 has people from all over the world with many different backgrounds; engineers, lawyers, scientists, doctors…the list goes on. It’s a great mix and I see how the ISU works on its 3 I’s: Interdisciplinary, Intercultural and International.
Within our first two weeks, we had already designed, built, and launched a rocket. It was a great project and something I had never done before. The following two months saw us go on a remote sensing field trip, do workshops with CubeSats and ICEcubes, design posters on planets, and preparing for our 1st exam. It is go go go and I can’t wait to start module 2.
We have just started module 2. Module 1, while intense, laid a brilliant foundation for a broad variety of space relevant topics, allowing us to now look at the Space sector in a more developed manner. Selection is well underway for our Individual projects and team projects. These would be similar to what people may experienced in thesis writing in other master’s programmes.As the core foundation of the MSS year is the 3I’s (interdisciplinary, Intercultural & International) we are afforded the opportunity to develop our skill base on both an individual and team oriented level. This is obviously a hugely benefical skill to have in the work place (no man is an island!).
One aspect of modern day employment that is widely overlooked is the need and ability to work with colleagues from multiple countries and cultures. ISU has made phenomenal effort to support students in developing an intercutural awareness. This includes offering lectures on the subject and multiple intercultural nights throughout the year giving us all the opportunity to celebrate and share aspects of our own cultures with our new friends and colleagues. FYI you haven’t tasted guacamole until you have tasted Mexican Guacamole. I couldn’t have imagined all I have learnt and experienced thus far and its only been 9 weeks! Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings.
Information on the poster competition can be found here