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last weeks of co-op

(August 21 2012) Written by: Patricia Schiotis in Co-op

My summer in the nati is coming to an end.  The last few weeks have been hectic, but now that summer is almost over, I am certainly ready to get back to Rochester.  

A few weekends ago, I ventured down to Kentucky to visit Mammoth Cave.   This cave system is the longest known cave system in the world, and while there I participated in their “Intro to Caving” class. This class took us through some of the known routes where I walked, crawled, and slide through the cave. Venturing through the cave also gave me the opportunity to use my rocking climbing skills I’ve learned from my few trips to RIT’s red barn.  I have been underground in a cave before, but nothing like this experience. Mammoth Cave has a stellar tourist site but it was definitely an adventure to go off the beaten path.  Although walking around the cave was fun, I highly recommend going to see the touristy portions of the cave; my favorite being the Frozen Niagara.  The structure did indeed have a resemblance to Niagara Falls; one of the wonders of world located an hour and a half from RIT.

Last week, I attended my first concert at Riverbend.  If you have ever been to the outdoor venues of Darien Lake, CMAC, or SPAC, it has a very similar set up.  Darien Lake and CMAC are located about an hour from the RIT campus, and SPAC is back in the 518 in Saratoga, NY.  The concert I attended was Kelly Clarkson and The Fray.  I must say, I am not a huge fan of Kelly Clarkson but overall, it was a good concert experience so not complaints there.
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The last few weeks of work was highlighted by a few office events.  First was a much anticipated basketball duel between one of engineers and a fellow co-op.   This basketball duel showed that even in the work environment, a friendly round of horse always shows who the dominate one is on the bball court. On my second to last day of work, we had an inter-office softball tournament.  As a former softball player, I absolutely loved it.  I also have to say... my first week of work I went to a Reds baseball game, and then the last week a softball tournament?! How did I land such a perfect co-op this summer!  Disclaimer:  I did learn a lot from actually working this summer too, it was not all fun and games.
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It’s hard to believe that my co-op block at GE Aviation has come to an end.  I can say with enthusiasm that this rotation and experience has been phenomenal.  I never thought I would enjoy working at a Jet Engine company, or even enjoy my time in Cincinnati.  This summer has shown me that with every new experience there is the opportunity for growth.  You never know what you will like, and what you don’t like, until you try.
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