Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Change the Harbor / Change my Life

Me and Some Friends From Australia!
I'm starting my fourth summer on the harbor and a lot has changed since I first started at Save the Harbor. Since my first summer I have graduated high school and moved on to UMass Amherst where I'm majoring in Landscape Architecture with a focus in Natural Resource Conservation. When I began my journey at UMass I was not sure what I wanted my focus to be. I continuously debated between declaring business as a minor or just not having one at all. One day last summer, I was teaching a group of kids about the harbor and its marine inhabitants when I realised how important it was to me as an individual to protect these resources. This job on the harbor has opened a lot of doors for me and has changed the way I look at the world. I realised that by designing urban landscapes that aid in the protection of the environment I can help preserve this wonderful harbor I've had the chance to work on the past four years.

My Buddy Elliot!
Working on the harbor has not only changed my educational journey but it has created an abundance of memories I'll never forget. The one that strikes a chord in my heart the most is when I met my friend Elliot. Elliot was a shy kid who was nervous to try fishing. By the end of the day we were the best of friends. He was fishing and holding crabs and telling me all about his star wars costume (which was actually just a snorkel and his Nana's rain jacket). In fact, two days later I was outside the Children's Museum when he came back for another visit. His grandmother said he insisted they come back to see me before he went home to Colorado. I'll never forget meeting Elliot and I'm excited to meet more kids just like him on the harbor this summer.

Happy Fishing!


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