I grew up in the small town of Hanson, Massachusetts, about 30 minutes south of Boston. When I was a kid, I wasn't very fond of the ocean (which is the complete opposite today) and because of this, the majority of my hot summer days were spent along the banks of local ponds and rivers. After a long day of playing pick-up baseball, basketball, or manhunt, the late afternoon hours were spent cooling off at Camp Kiwanee across the street from my house or in the crystal clear waters of Newfound lake in New Hampshire where we would vacation almost every weekend.
While I may have been deprived of the abundant marine life
along our state's beautiful shorelines, I still developed a strong fascination for Marine life with the help of my Aunt. At least once a month, My Aunt would take a day off from work to take me into the New England Aquarium in Boston. Here my imagination would run wild as I watched the penguins swim playfully through there exhibits, and watch in fear as the menacing sand tiger shark swam right past me in the reef tank. For hours on end I would carefully examine every exhibit and watch every educational show and soon became obsessed with marine life.
My obsession with marine life stuck with me through school as I am now studying marine biology at the University of Rhode Island. Next year I will be a sophomore and I could not be more excited about continuing my major. I also continue my love of sports and staying active by playing for the school's club Ultimate Frisbee team, and I have met many of my best friends doing so.
I am more than honored to have the opportunity to work with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay this summer and I know I will make many great memories with some very cool people. I hope my love for marine environment can be enjoyed by everyone this summer and just maybe someone will develop the same love I did as a young child.