My name is MaryKate Hart and I am so excited to be back for yet another summer with Save The Harbor. This year, I am lucky enough to be a Lead Harbor Educator, and I have been having an absolutely fantastic time so far. Most days, I am assigned to All Access, which takes community groups to the Harbor Islands, Spectacle and George's, for trips free of cost. On other days, I work with other locations or at different events, like Camp Harbor View, Fishing Trips with Captain Charlie, or Beach Bashes throughout Boston neighborhoods.
Since I worked here last summer, a lot has changed! I completed my Freshman Year at Elon University, where I am studying Environmental Engineering as my major, then architectural engineering and French as my minors. I loved stepping out of my comfort zone and being in a new environment my freshman year, and I was able to take part in so many activities, clubs, and events that piqued my interest. I work as an Environmental Science Lab teacher's assistant, where I am able to help others find a love for the environment and work closely with professors in order to build connections and further my knowledge in this major. This year, I am very excited to work as the Varsity Basketball manager, where I'll be traveling and working with the team on a different level. In my free time at school, I play travel club basketball, and I am looking forward to being the secretary for this upcoming season.
My love for environmental activism and the ocean has continued to thrive as I work another year at Save The Harbor. This job has had such a phenomenal impact on my life every summer; I've met some of my closest friends and created my favorite memories while out on the harbor every day. This year, I am very happy to have more of a leadership role than I've had in the past. I get to see more of the "behind the scenes" aspects of scheduling, planning, and communicating for a non-profit like ourselves. My family and I have been involved for as long as I can remember, whether it was events or beach clean-ups in South Boston, I have always been eager to have a bigger role in this organization, and I continue to hope for that in the future.
Every day, I continue to learn something new. On Friday, we took a Toxic Tour of the MBTA for our staff day. I was able to learn about the measures taken around Roxbury that help address air quality, and I learned about the relationship between the causes and consequences of air quality and the housing crisis. This tour was exceptionally interesting, and I look forward to learning more in the future!
Excited to be back and to 'Sea' you on the harbor!
MaryKate (MK) Hart