The Washington Youth Garden is delighted to have two fabulous interns with us this summer to help with our SPROUT program. They started just a few weeks ago, so we’re still getting to know them. This is the first in a two-part series where we introduce you to those individuals.
Meet Carolyne. Carolyne was born right here in Washington, D.C. and raised in Upper Marlboro, MD. She now attends Wellesley College in Massachusetts. We are lucky to have her back around these parts this summer to help us out at the WYG. I asked Carolyne a few questions so that we could all get to know her a bit better.
WYG: What are you studying in school, and what are your aspirations after college?
Carolyne: I am majoring in Biology, and I hope to be a high school Biology teacher in the United States.
WYG: What experience do you have working with kids?
Carolyne: In Massachusetts I volunteer with the Girl Scouts, and have a lot of experience with the scouts. For the last four summers I have been a counselor at a Girl Scout camp in Leesburg, VA.
WYG: Four years! That’s a long time!
Carolyne: Yes! And I was a camper at that same camp when I was younger.
WYG: Wow! We really are lucky to have you. OK, do you have any gardening experience?
Carolyne: No, I don’t have any experience gardening before this.
WYG: What has been your favorite part of your experience so far at the WYG?
Carolyne: Picking and eating strawberries with the kids.
WYG: What has been the most challenging part of your experience so far at the WYG?
Carolyne: Having to use the Porta John.
WYG: What is something new that you have learned so far at the WYG?
Carolyne: During one of the SPROUT Field Trips, I watched a WYG employee use a really interesting diversion tactic. She had the kids put their hands up and wiggle their fingers if they were getting distracted or starting to touch and/or pick things they weren’t supposed to. I thought it was a very effective way of using their whole bodies to engage and listen instead of just saying, “Don’t do that.”
WYG: What are you hoping to get out of this internship?
Carolyne: I’m hoping to get more experience with kids of all ages and genders (since most of my experience is with girls) as well as experience and information about gardening and nutrition.
WYG: What are you looking forward to specifically about the coming weeks?
Carolyne: I’m really interested in seeing the differences between the groups that come on SPROUT trips from schools vs. groups that come from summer camps. I think it will be interesting to see how the different learning environments affect their behavior and experience when they come to visit us.
WYG: What else are you doing this summer when you aren’t at the WYG?
Carolyne: I’m interning at the Anacostia Community Museum in D.C. I am also working as a Residential Assistant at a summer program for high school students in Carlisle, PA for a few weeks in July.
WYG: On to the most important questions: What is your favorite vegetable?
Carolyne: Brussels sprouts!
WYG: What is your favorite fruit?