Scientist at Sea

I spent the past week on the USS Princeton as part of the Navy’s Scientist to Sea program and my photo will be on the next Imposter Syndrome poster.


I bought these sunglasses at a gas station in 1987, but lost them. 

My cohort on this trip were actual rocket scientists and 20 years younger than me, i.e. very intimidating. But, they turned out to be super nice with a sense of humor and boatloads of curiousity.

We explored every nook and cranny of the ship (except for the top secret parts) and I learned so much that I’m still unpacking it in my brain.

One of my main purposes for participating in this program was to see how my students live, and I am so grateful for the opportunity.  The young men and women who have volunteered for service are amazing. They sacrifice so much of their personal lives for the greater good.

It’s heartwarming.

It’s heartbreaking.

It’s humbling. 

Too often in our efforts to constantly improve, we focus on the negatives. We lose sight of all the good things around us.

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day and we have the opportunity to honor something positive about our country,  the service and sacrifice of our military and their families.

veterans day

For those who missed their child’s first steps, made friends and lost them as they moved every 2 years, slept on the ground and ate cold meals, all so I could sleep safely at night. I salute you.

About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.
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