Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Vinh, Training Week/Introduction Post

What's up everyone?

I'm Vinh Tran, and this year is currently my first year at Save the Harbor / Save the Bay. I am 16 years old, and am going to be an upcoming junior at the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. Some of my hobbies include basketball and longboarding.The main reason why I wanted to work at Save the Harbor was because of my love for marine biology.

Humans were not designed to live in marine environments, and after a substantial period of time, humans still don't interact with marine environments too much. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay gives thousands of people in the Massachusetts area a chance to fully appreciate what the marine world has to offer. As a result, I found myself being interviewed and later offered a position on the summer staff.

During the first day of training, the whole group went to Spectacle Island, one of thirty-four beautiful islands composing the Boston Harbor Islands. The day included a hike up to one of the island's highest points and a walk along the beach looking for beach "artifacts". These artifacts varied from sea glass to bottles, and even a die made in Japan! One truly memorable part of my day was learning a "sea shanty", a song used by sailors to assist in keeping the tempo for the sailors' work. This particular sea shanty, named Haul Away Joe, was taught to the crew by David Coffin, one of the senior leaders in the program. This newly acquired knowledge will truly foreshadow all of the knowledge and fun to come throughout the summer.


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