My name is Colin McRae. I'm 18 years old and I'm going to be a freshman at NYU in the fall studying music technology. I've studied classical piano for 10 years, and I also played percussion in my school's marching and concert bands. I like to play video games, and I usually go for long bike rides to stay in shape. I'm part of a weekly D&D group with my friends, and I also try to go to pick-up ultimate disc games over the summer. I live in Swampscott with my brother (16), my parents, my aunt, and my dog Percy. Swampscott is a coastal town north of Boston (next to Lynn and Marblehead), which means that I have a long commute to work, especially because I'm still learning the ins and outs of the subway system.
Working with Save the Harbor will be a new experience with me, but I think it's a good change. I'm excited to be outside 5 days a week, and I get to teach little kids about the harbor and environmentalism (even if I don't personally know everything about it). The work I'm doing is something I wish existed when I was little, and probably would have changed the way I see the harbor now. I can't go back and experience that, but I can make sure others can. Both the kids I'm teaching and I will learn something new, and that's a good enough reason to get up early every morning to go into Boston.
The first two days have been thrilling! I don't have many of the skills I will need over the summer, but luckily I learn quickly and orientation is fast-paced. It's only been two days and I've already learned how to hold crabs, gone fishing in the harbor and caught a perch, and eaten raw (but clean) fish (Basil Freddura, the head chef at the Daily Catch, made the best ceviche I've ever eaten, right in front of us). I was taught the basics of storytelling by Norah Dooley, a professional storyteller, and got to listen to Captain Claudia Gelzer of the Coast guard for over an hour. Most of the stuff we've done has been fascinating. I'm looking forward to my actual first day on Monday. I'll be at Blacks Creek in Quincy, and despite not knowing what I'll be doing other than being there with kids, I'm sure I'll enjoy it.