But it is hard to be clever when you realize that the same people you’ve entertained for ten weeks you will entertain no longer! It’s crazy to think that the next time I wake up early to start my day, I’ll be a Harvard student…
But that’s thinking too far ahead (Monday), I want to focus on right now. I completed my final presentation with my Designing the Parks team and it went phenomenally! Our audience had great questions and was engaging and supportive. The compliments were overflowing, I could barely handle it! But our great work and final products are just a testament to the great teachers and mentors we had this summer! Thank you for all those who were able to make it to our presentation as well as those who reached out to share some nice words!
Bob Page was so eager to learn about how I would take the work I have conducted during my time here at the OCLP and apply it to the next step ahead (grad school). Of course, I will be able to immediately utilize my plant identification skills in the classroom as well as the Adobe and AutoCAD skills I picked up along the way. But working at the OCLP has left me walking away with so much more: I have always been a closeted history buff but this summer I really got to see how enriching a place’s history can be; How understanding what happened at a site, culturally, can truly change your perception and garners a newfound appreciation for what an open space can offer. I plan on using my established scientific eye and my developing cultural eye as lenses for the projects I have in my near future. And luckily I’m local so I’ll be sure to visit often and continue to get some high quality guidance the OCLP is very well known for!
For my last day, we left the cubicles one last time and headed out to the islands. One final hoorah! We went to the highly coveted outer islands: The Graves, Calf, Little Calf, Green, Outer Brewster, Middle Brewster and Great Brewster. And as always it was an adventure. Despite the summer rays beating down on us and the army of mosquitoes stealing our blood, I enjoyed every second. To be out in the field with my team is all I could ask for on a last day. Thanks everybody! It was great to “help” Ericka with her project (more for emotional support), get a chance to know Marc better and be on a boat one last time.
And a big thanks to everyone who contributed to my summer experience! This will be one that I will remember for a lifetime!
If I may quote an old favorite (“Out of The Box”): So long, farewell, to you my friend[s] Good bye, for now, until we meet again!