| The former clock tower at BSU|
Over this summer though I was able to work with the Director of the Fitness Center at BSU on updating the Great Hill Trail map that he and a former Geography student had created years back. The maps had been updated in 2013 but they needed a little revamp, especially considering that these maps were now going to have a designated spot at the trail head for hikers to take along with them. The map needed additions on two of the trails, objects needed to be removed from the map such as the clock tower, and the map display needed to be set on legal sized paper with an accordion fold. I worked on the map from about late June to late July and am happy to say that the map is on display at the Great Hill Trails trail head at Bridgewater State University and is also online on BSU's Athletic & Recreation's official website!
In other exciting GIS news, I went in for an interview at the North Attleboro Electric Department (on my birthday) for their GIS intern position. I left for Maine a few days later and got a phone call that I got the internship for the Fall semester! I of course took the offer and have been interning here since Sept 7th. My manager is even a graduate of BSU's Geography program. So far, I have been working on a map for a certain area in town making sure that the electrical account numbers match up with the spreadsheet of accounts and vice versa.
It is very cool to be able to apply the skills that I have learned in the classroom outside in the real world in a job setting. I am definitely fortunate and blessed that I have been given these great opportunities to use my GIS skills outside of school. I am excited to see where my journey with Geography and GIS will take me in the future!
For now, keep checking back here as I will post updates often as I am getting course credits for my internship and keeping up with this blog is part of what is required of me!