Warrior Words: Done with the homework but not with the work work

Well, this is it, my last column. Fortunately, it’s not the last one ever, there will be three more after this one from my exceptional colleagues, but because of the speed at which this great literary opportunity has raced, the fun is almost over. As for Wilton High School and other surrounding schools, the fun for seniors is definitely not over — in fact, it’s just beginning.

From May 16 to June 9, a little less than a month, the seniors will go out and start their new lives as interns. Now, I know what you’re thinking when I say intern, running around the office, getting coffee and taking the bosses’ complaints. Even though that position may not turn out to be everything you want in a career, it can teach you a lot of helpful workplace skills and potentially give you an idea if that setting is what you are interested in.

I’ve spoken with many of my classmates and some are doing some great work at neat places. It is great to see kids pursue the internship that they have an interest in. Even if the job is not something you have thought about, going out and trying something new is just as good. I am very happy that the high school offers this program, and I’m not saying that because it gives us the chance to miss a month of school.

I think I speak for every senior when I say the school arranged this program very well and they made sure all of the students participating don’t miss a step, because if that happens, three strikes and you’re out of the opportunity. Emails from Mr. Durkee, the head of the program, have been hitting our accounts with the classic one-two punch for weeks. It seemed like we got three emails a day reminding us to not forget to do the next preparation step. I must say, though, if those emails weren’t being sent all the time, you can kiss the internship goodbye for a good 95% of the seniors.

Because I have an interest in the environment and the outdoors, I have chosen a place that can accommodate just that, Weir Farm National Historic Site. There, I will be working outside, learning about the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior and its history and working on an environmental project with another intern. Many of the farm work and outdoors positions have been filled with excited seniors. Ambler Farm is another great place of internship that some of my close friends are working at. It’s going to be a huge change from being stuck indoors for a quarter of the year to working under the hot rays of the late spring sun.

The school also has the seniors write three journal entries while being on the internship about what they are experiencing and their work in general. Our second-semester English teachers will grade these journals, and give us our last taste of the Wilton High School grading system before we leave. Having to write these journals is probably for the best. I’m sure the school wants us to salvage some of what we learned during our farewell year while we go out into the real world.

Christian Lovallo is a senior at Wilton High School. He shares this column with four classmates.