LIfe in BostonWeek 5---Undergraduate Students from the College of Optical Science and Engineering did Scientific Research in Boston University during 2018 Summer

Aug 23

Time flies, and its been a month since we came to Boston. The internship of the Summer Research of Optoelectronics has entered the second half. Our study, work and life at Boston University are becoming more harmonious. Each project has made much progress. In the middle of the project, members of our group conducted a separate interview with the mentor.

Our project involves computational imaging, a field of research area that our team members have never touched. During the course of the project, there were some unforeseen problems, and the progress was not as scheduled by our mentor, so we were a little nervous when preparing for the materials. But considering this is a process that must be experienced in doing research, and also the daily routine of study and work in the future, we got kind of calm. Moreover, talking to the mentor, making us not only be able to reorganize our previous work, but also get some guidance and feedback about the current situation of the project, is a very important part, so we should take it seriously.

But in the process of talking with the mentor, there was no such tension as we had imagined before. When I entered the door, the teacher asked me how I felt. I thought he was asking about the progress of my research project, but later I discovered that he was not only concerned about the project process but also asking about our daily life in Boston. This was also a small detail that makes me think of life in the United States. People are always relaxed and comfortable. Even the rigor and seriousness of scientific research will not reduce their friendliness. With such an easy opening, my previous nervousness was somewhat relieved, and I began to show the teacher some of the work I had done before and interspersed with some of my existing questions which all got the teacher's answers and feedback, giving me a directional guidance for my work in the next period.Apparently it can be a very meaningful interview.

American lab punching is very strict in weekdays, so we are free on Saturday and Sunday. In the past weeks, we would come to the lab, but this week is not the same, because everyone is busy with his things, not just us, the whole of Massachusetts. People are busy, because this weekend is a two-year tax-free weekend in Massachusetts. After coming to the United States, we are scared by the expensive prices, but in the tax-free weekend, it alleviated our burden. The tax-free weekend is equivalent to a holiday where most of the goods are discounted.

In addition, we participated in the Freedom Trail's historic tour of Boston on Monday afternoon with students from BU. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile, red-lined attraction route in downtown Boston. On this route you can browse 16 important American Revolutionary historical sites. We browsed Boston Common, the oldest park in Boston, the splendid Massachusetts State House with Golden Summit, the Granary Burying Ground, where many American revolutionaries lay on, the Old South Party, the birthplace of the Boston Tea Party, and more. With the staff's explanation, we have a deeper understanding of American history, especially the spirit of human beings' pursuit of democratic equality and freedom embodied in the American revolutionary movement. At the same time, we also experienced the solemnity and meticulousness of European and American architectural styles and deepened the friendship with BU students. As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston attaches great importance to history, culture and education. I think this is one of the reasons why it can breed a world-class university like Harvard University and MIT.

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