While in high school, Chelsea wondered if any of her advanced placement classes would help her to graduate college early. This year, she found out that her hard work did indeed pay off, as she finished her sophomore year in the fall, and her junior year this spring. Next year, she will graduate a year ahead of schedule, majoring in Physics.
She welcomed this year’s academic challenge, but it was not easy. The classes were difficult and required a huge time commitment. During the year, Chelsea worked the breakfast rush at the Campus Center’s Uncommon Grounds, checked out books at Collier Library, served as a Spanish teaching assistant, and was on call as a Math and Physics tutor. When she wasn’t working or in class, most of her time was taken up by running track and field. This year, Bryn Mawr’s team received All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, which meant the team needed to compete and score at an NCAA Regional, be in the top 25% at their respective regional, and have a combined 3.10 GPA (Bryn Mawr has a combined 3.50 GPA). Chelsea qualified for the Centennial Conference Championship meet by taking second place in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 13:17.61.
Last summer, Chelsea was a camp counselor at AstroCamp at Idyllwild, California and interned at the California Science Center. This summer, she will be a research intern at Brigham Young University assisting a professor who studies space mirrors in telescopes.
When she returns to Bryn Mawr in the fall, she will begin work on her thesis. Assistant Professor Kathryne J. Daniel’s Quantum Mechanic’s class was a favorite this year. She will assist Chelsea on her thesis, which will look at spiral galaxies.
Right now, Chelsea plans to take a gap year for work and travel after she graduates. That would help her to get a better idea of what direction she wants to take. Chelsea does not think she wants to work in Physics. She really enjoys the problem solving, but does not enjoy the research as much because there isn’t a specific timeline. Her theory: wherever you are, you can do well, you can adapt.