In January, during the Moby-Dick Marathon, I did something new. I read out loud through a microphone. I read a passage in Spanish. However, it was still scary, almost traumatizing. Learning almost everything about the Whaling Museum was probably the hardest thing ever, but overall my experience here has been great. I can’t wait for the field trips the apprentice program will be going on this summer. I’m really anxious to see what this summer will bring us, especially going to Cuttyhunk Island for the first time ever!!! (:
Since working in this program, I have been photographed, interviewed and recorded more than EVER before. I must say I would enjoy the attention if I was actually photogenic. Being chosen to be interviewed for a fellow apprentice, Josie’s, Business Professionals of America competition was an awesome experience. She interviewed Bob and me about the Apprenticeship Program and won first place for her video, at the state level! Bob also walks around while we are working museum events and takes pictures. I have been featured in these photos more than I’d like, seeing as though I’m always running from the camera! I have also managed to see myself being featured in photos, taken by the Standard-Times Newspaper, several times. One photo was of the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s rowing team, “What the Fo’c'sle?”, which I happen to be a member of. Unfortunately for me, I was not able to put on a cute little sundress or something more appealing. I was in a plain old t-shirt with my hair all over the place in a pretty ol’ yankee whale boat. There are plenty more photos to be taken, now my guard is up!
This is my second day working in the Whaling Museum, where I met wonderful people, in which I had the chance to know some history of whales and about this museum. It’s amazing how it’s very interesting to get to all that information not only about this museum but also about this city. It’s really amazing to get to see some Cape Verde background and exhibitions. I really
enjoy it because I’m from Cape Verde and I felt happy so see some background about my country, especially from my island, Brava.
Well hello there readers, my name is Josie Tilley and I am currently an apprentice at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. I truly hope to not bore you about my recent adventures with the Museum because I find them quite fascinating. I enjoy working here and it truly has helped to become better person and a better speaker. I have met some of the nicest and most intelligent people at work and I hope to continue a relationship with them. This job has offered me many opportunities and I hope to bring them along in life. I am extremely thankful to be working in a work place like this and I am very excited to extend my career working in the Marine Biology field. This job opened many doors for me. Now it’s my choice to decide what my life will become.
Finally making a blog post! Isn’t just everyone excited? I am! Hello viewers I’m glad you took the time to read my first fabulous blog post. So, let me tell you a little about myself and my background in the Apprentice Program. I was lucky enough to be able join in the summer of 2013. I was told about this program through a best friend of mine and applied for the position and here I am! To be quite honest, I cannot explain how much fun I have had this past nine months and continue to have. The summer is the most productive time in this program, and in my opinion, the most fun. We go to a lot of different locations, “field trips” if you will, for educational purposes and not just that, for fun. Also, we help in many events. I enjoy this greatly not just because we get to venture out but because we meet a variety of different people in our age group and a few others that are older.
Other than over the summer, during the school year we focus on understanding and interpreting the objects in the museum so we can then share information with other people and if given the chance, give tours. Speaking of tours, four weeks ago I participated in doing a tour with another apprentice, Tatiana. My experience was rather nerve wracking. Throughout the two days that this took place, I was shy. Looking back on it now, I wish I would have contributed a bit more then I did. In the future, I will because I have more to give than just being awkward. Haha. Thank god for having easy going and understanding people to speak too! As scary as it was for me, it was good practice and next time I will be great! Now, recently we have had some time off, and I’m very happy to be back! Bring on more great times.
On this note, I hope you all enjoyed my first blog post. There will be more in the future!
This is my first blog. I’ve been in the Apprentice program in the Whaling Museum for 5 months going to 6 months. In the first semester we did The New Year’s Eve event, Moby-Dick Marathon and Presidents’ Day events, and really enjoyed each event. We have finished the 1st semester in the apprentice program. We are starting the 2 semester , and we mainly will be focusing on marine science and the return of the Charles W. Morgan. It will be arriving to New Bedford June 28 and staying through July 6. I can’t wait ’til the summer when we start rowing again and we have field trips and meet other teen interns and apprentices.
Another high point was working with Junior Achievement. One of the people we met through JA was Caroline Paradis, the Executives Director of Junior Achievement SEMA. Caroline came here and taught us Career Guides Lines , such as Skills, Interests and Job Outlook.
Lately we’ve been seeing plenty of cool sites, like the Franklin Zoo, and the Drinking Water and Wastewater plants~! My favorite event was the Over the Top fundraiser because I got to meet a bunch of wealthy and interesting individuals!
By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to Utah to start college at the LDS Business School in Salt Lake City. This has been a very educational and interesting year.
Hello, this is my last week as an Apprentice at the Whaling Museum. This program is one of the best things that happened to me since I got in America. The knowledge I gained, the experience I learned, and the fun I had made me love this place. I am glad that I will still be around here, although not as an Apprentice, but as a Facilities man. Am happy the last day will with the Free Fun Friday coming up. We will have activities in the plaza played by us, the Apprentices, that will make the day more interesting. Stay well.
Our Science Tuesday was on July 31. John, Vanessa and I did our topic on soil. The activities we had was planting seeds in soil, doing soil art on construction paper and putting soil layers in order. We had soil samples, a display and posters to give away.
It was a very slow day. It would have been busier if it was gray or rainy outside. There were about 10 people that came. Some were wondering what our activity had to do with whales. We explained that the connections included runoff from contaminated soil having bad effects on the food chain in the ocean and that whale skeletons are sometimes buried to clean them up for display.
This year is coming to an end, by next week. This year has been fun and busy. I enjoyed going on the field trips to different museums and seeing new people. It was nice and interesting. I enjoyed the zoo the most out of all the trips we have gone on. Everyone that I have worked with were nice and respectful. The museum is a good place to work at, they teach you a lot. I highly recommend this job for anyone that is looking for a job during the school year. Good luck to next year’s apprentices and to everyone else that works at the museum.
(Editor’s Note: Melanie wrote this on Aug. 8. Its delayed posting is our fault, not hers.)