At the Aquarium
Leads to College
Filling out a summer internship application to work at the New England Aquarium, Tseday (sha-day) Robinson never imagined that this summer job would land her a full-tuition scholarship to Bucknell University in the fall.
That first summer, Tseday started on a path to growing her professional skills, resume, and confidence through her internship in the Harbor Discoveries Camp.
Her bright and bubbly personality served her well with the campers and staff alike. The career skills class, which she was required to take her first summer, only enhanced the trajectory of professional growth that she was experiencing. She left in August with a newly written resume, money management skills, and a mock interview under her belt. These skills served Tseday well in her next endeavor, when she applied to intern at the Aquarium during the school year. She is now in her second school year internship, second year of the ClimaTeens program, and applying for her third and final summer.
Tseday cites her participation in the Youth Development programs at the Aquarium as a key to her success, especially in the Posse process. Through three rounds of interviews in both group and individual settings, Tseday was comfortable talking with peers and adults. She says that working at the Aquarium with trusted adults, who are almost like parents, has helped her to be more comfortable talking with any adult.
“I felt more comfortable in my second-round interview because of career skills and mock interviews with eye contact and giving them short, easy, and understandable answers,” she said.
As a participant in a positive youth development program, Tseday has developed solid relationships with adult mentors who have helped her discover her passions and grow her confidence and self-worth.
“I know I can go to my mentors for anything, if I need help with anything, they are there,” she said.
Her internship experiences have helped Tseday realize with certainty that she wants to be a marine biologist and work with animals in the future. Armed with this direction and a robust toolkit of job and life skills, Tseday is ready to start life’s her next chapter: college.
Every year, the Aquarium has the privilege to nominate up to 12 rising seniors for the Posse Scholarship, which provides teens with full tuition and a support system to successfully complete college.
The Aquarium was proud to nominate Tseday for this tremendous opportunity, confident that her experiences had prepared her for the very competitive selection process. The interview process is held in three rounds: a group interview, one-on-one interview, and final selection.
We are proud to announce that Tseday will attend Bucknell University in the fall to study environmental science and animal studies.