Over the last month, I have had the opportunity to learn new skills, meet some amazing people and visit some beautiful places.
I have been working within the BE-CSS (Controls Software & Services Group) section at CERN where I am doing some logfile data analysis and reporting for the CERN Accelerator Control System. From data-cleaning using Python to logfile analysis using OpenSearch, I have learnt some new tricks that will be useful for the data analysis in my 4th year project and beyond.
Since my last blog post, I also got the privilege to talk to more women within the organisation and was inspired by their career journey. In those conversations, the importance of good mentorship, persistence and courage really stood out to me. Although, there is some progress to be made, it was encouraging to see that there are intentional steps being taken to increase diversity within the organisation.
Based on recommendations from members of the group and using my interrail pass, I have also had the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful places in Switzerland in the weekends. I started by exploring Geneva, this included visiting the botanical garden, appreciating Lake Geneva on a pedalo, trying fondue and attending a recital at St Pierre Cathedral.
The following weekend, I took a scenic train to Lucern via Interlaken, it was incredibly beautiful. The other weekends consisted of more long trains and scenic views to cities including Basel and Zurich. My favourite weekend trip included a visit to Maison Cailler chocolate factory (where I ate a ridiculous amount of chocolate), followed by a trip to Vevey to see an outdoor art exhibition and flea market before stopping at the beautiful town of Montreux.
Memorable activities include hiking on Mount Salève, taking the aerial tramway up Mount Pilatus where the views were breath-taking and doing a toboggan run for the first time.
It has been an amazing experience.