I was born and raised in the often forgotten state of Delaware. Growing up as an only child, I was, as many only children can relate, desperate for a sibling. Instead, I found an incredible sense of independence and a deep connection with my parents. As an only child, I recognized the importance of a good babysitter from a very young age — she was the person I could look up to when there wasn't a sibling in whose footsteps to follow.
As a young teen I did what many did, I babysat the neighborhood kids for cheap. From that, I ended up working at a summer camp by age 15 and continued with it up to Director of a summer program last year. Now, having just graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism, I (finally) realized that what I've wanted to do has been what I've been doing all along. Reporting was not for me, but working with kids always has been. I'm now taking a year or two off before pursuing my Masters in Education — and what better way than spending time doing what I love?
In addition to Directing a summer program with 50+ campers ages 5-13, I have had a few long term sitting positions. I have worked with a local family during summers for the last two years, the kids now 10 and 12-years-old. I brought them to and from camp, cooked meals, and kept them entertained. Additionally, I tutored them several hours a day when their school went online due to the coronavirus, this included scheduling, teaching lessons, and talking with teachers. My other experience was working with a 10-year-old girl for seven months leading up to the coronavirus. I assisted her with school work, organized playdates as well as did housekeeping such as laundry, cooking, dishes and general tidying.
I have always loved the simple act of communicating with new people, a part of why I chose journalism, but some of the most interesting and enlightening conversations I’ve had have been with the kids I’ve worked with. They may not have the dense knowledge of adults but they have a perspective on the world that we could only hope to regain, by being around kids and helping them grow I feel like I’m fostering that incredible energy and sustaining it as long as possible.