Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

 

September 17, 2019

It’s a bit overwhelming to meet dozens of new people at once, and knowing that you’ll be living in very close quarters over the coming weeks, you want to make a good impression! The first night, it seemed impossible to remember everyone’s name and I was happy we had nametags at the BBQ. Our first group exercise was to say your name and add an action, which then had to be repeated by the person to your left. We went around in a circle and Alex was the lucky (unlucky?) student who had to recap everyone’s name. Looking back now, it’s funny to remember the anxiety I had about trying to keep all the new faces straight. After so many weeks together on a boat, we know so much more than just names and have developed lasting friendships.

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