My name is Lulu and I am a senior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
I first started working at the New England Aquarium in the summer of 2010 as a teen intern in the Visitor Education department. While working there I was able to learn all about the different galleries and interpret them to visitors. I also had the opportunity to lead live animal presentations with epaulette shark pups and question and answer sessions at the top of the Giant Ocean Tank!
I continued to work during the school year in the Dive department with three other teen interns. Working in the dive department has been another chance for me to learn more about the aquarium, especially about the Giant Ocean Tank. My supervisors are very supportive and encourage as much learning as possible when it comes to the actual marine biology in the tank.
One of the requirements for applying to this program was having a general interest in marine biology. That is one of my favorite aspects of the trip because I have been slowly working my way into becoming a marine biologist. I have been doing this by tanking ecology, marine science and oceanography classes. I also have a marine science internship class this year. With my internship class I am studying Cnidarians (jellies, sea anemones, and coral polyps) with Dr. John H. Costello of Providence College.
However, there is so much more to learn in the Sea TURTLE program. I can't wait until we go out do some researchof our own in the Bahamas!