Dormcuts Shoots for the Stars

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” — Carl Sagan

Today Dormcuts cut Matt Maclay’s hair (Matt is currently a sophomore at Carleton College). This summer he did astrophysics research and he told us a little bit about it during the cut.

Talk about your major, what do you like about it?

Currently undeclared but I will likely end up being a physics and astronomy major. I started out really enjoying astronomy, which led me to physics and math. I was really fortunate to do research during the school year and continued researching the Local Galaxy Group over the summer. I was using a space telescope (Spitzer) to create a dust map of M33, a neighboring galaxy to our own milky way. What I like about astrophysics is that it’s intuitive to me to think about the concepts and it is challenging to apply the quantitative aspects.

Matt post Dormcut

What’s your advice for college students?

Really branch out and do things you didn’t think you could or would. Take advantage of this time because there is a chance these are the last classes you’ll ever take. Have fun and learn a lot.

Check out the hyperlapse of the cut on our Youtube channel. Here is the link.

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