Then there were 150....
Now there are only 30....
6 will go to "Mars"
Woke up this morning to this email:
"Dear HI-SEAS Applicant,Needless to say I'm smiling today!!! It is an honor to have made it this far in the selection process, though the next stage is the hardest.
Once again, thank you for your interest in the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, and for your patience as we have given the large number of highly qualified applicants due consideration. You have been selected to move on to the next stage, which will involve a telephone interview, references and a medical examination."
The next steps I'll need to go through for this round of selection will be:
- Get a Class 2 Flight Physical
- Provide two references
- Clear my summer schedule for June 12-15 for the training session
- Arrange for my interview!
Each of these will represent its own challenge. The easiest will be the Flight Physical. I am in decent shape, no chronic medical conditions, and exercise regularly. Barring any unknown medical problems, this shouldn't be hard to pass.
Selecting references will be difficult. While I have a large potential pool of references to draw from I need to pick references that will emphasize my strongest points. With my multidisciplinary background this will be difficult to narrow it down to only two!
And finally the hardest part... The interview.
Everything else up until this point has essentially been based on your resume. Even a flight physical can be seen as your body's resume. But the interview is the main opportunity for the selection committee to see how well you will live and work with others.
Are you personable? Easy to get along with? How do you manage conflict? Would they want to be trapped in a tin can for six months with you?
All of this the selection committee needs to obtain from a simple interview.
Whatever the future holds it is an honor to have made it thus far. The list of 150 "Highly Qualified Candidates" was a "Who's Who" of Mars Analog participants, space enthusiasts, and aerospace professionals.
And only six can go to "Mars".