Hometown: Scituate, MA
Wentworth Institute of Technology,
Publishing IT Dept., Channing Terrace Community Center
Interests: Technical support, electronics, computer
Why I Chose Dynamy
At the end of my sophomore year in college I
began to question the direction I was headed in. I realized that I needed
to take a year off to really assess where I was academically and socially.
I felt that Dynamy could help me improve vital life skills and help me
determine in which direction to head during my final two years of college.
On My Internship Experience
My first internship was at Worcester Publishing, which
publishes the Maine Business Journal, Hartford Business Journal, Worcester
Business Journal, and Worcester Magazine. I worked for the IT department
under Peter Wilson, who was a Dynamy intern himself many years ago and had
also served as a board member. One of my larger responsibilities was to
create an in-house web server using the Linux operating system. For the
non-tech savvy, it is simply the thing that displays web content. They
were in the process of re-designing their website and needed a way to host
it locally. I spent months independently implementing and improving the
server. The project was so large that Peter offered me a second internship
to complete it!
My other responsibilities included user support,
web development, content entry, and system construction. There was so much
to be done...I was also offered a paying job! Having little experience in
the workplace, I learned a great deal about the office environment. I also
learned that when I put my mind to it, I can accomplish a lot. Completing
the task of setting up a Linux web server was a huge asset to Worcester
Magazine. It’s something they will always use, and something I will always
know how to do. It was also very interesting to see how all the individual
departments came together to accomplish one goal, and how I actually made
a large impact on that process. My internship reinforced my desire to work
in the information technology field. Not only am I good at it, I can also
relate well to the people working in the field.
On Apartment Life
My apartment mates have helped me
understand, and improve on, all aspects of my life. By far the biggest
impact they’ve had is on my social skills. I have made some big strides in
that aspect of my life this year, thanks to my fellow interns.
On Life in
I enjoy the
close proximity to stores and entertainment. I'm a music lover so the
Palladium and DCU Center are great attractions. Exercise is also one of my
top priorities, and Worcester doesn't disappoint when it comes to gyms.
I'm a member of Family Fitness near the Greendale Mall, and I'm very
pleased with their facilities.
Highlights for me were definitely rock climbing and
whitewater canoeing; they were both adrenaline pumping and physically
challenging experiences. The feeling that went through my body was a
feeling of accomplishment that gave me a lot of confidence in my physical
abilities. I performed so surprisingly well on the adventure challenge
that it led me to joining the gym. I have never felt more physically
healthy than I do now, and I have Outward Bound to thank for that.
On My Dynamy Experience
The strongest elements of the
program for me were the social interactions as well as the experience of a
real world job. I'm naturally a very shy person so the many "forced"
social situations have helped strengthen my communication skills. Gaining
experience through a real world internship in my field was an invaluable
experience. Not only did I gain knowledge but connections that will help
me in my future endeavors.
On My Plans for the Future
plan for next year is to continue with my college education. However, I
will be transferring from my previous school in Boston to a school located
outside of a city. Internship Year has reinforced the fact that I enjoy
the field of technology and prefer a more rural