They may never count pebbles, pull down fences or survey rare plants again; but whatever these young men decide for their futures, they'll shine.
Christopher Abdullah’s family hails from Trinidad, but, until this trip, he’d never visited another state besides New York. Even though he describes himself as a little adventurous, he admits he was nervous about making this trip. But, if he was anxious, it certainly didn’t show once he settled in. Chris has a quick and wry sense of humor and describes himself as “unconventional, but in a good way”. Whatever the task, he jumped in with enthusiasm.
Christopher will be a senior this fall at the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment. He says that this internship is an opportunity to gain new friends, achieve a bit of independence and give him valuable experience.
His favorite subjects are biology, physics and chemistry and he envisions a career in the laboratory, more than in the field counting rocks and plants!
Armin Radoncic arrived in the U.S. from Kosovo, with roots in Montenegro, when he was 3-years old. He says he’s always been interested in the environment and finds Nature “amazing”. Whenever he’s had the opportunity to get involved with helping to improve the environment it made him feel good about himself. Like his colleagues, he jumped into the work here with energy and humor.
Armin will be a senior at the High School for Environmental Studies in Mid-town Manhattan. He applied for this internship so he could learn more, first hand, about preserving the environment…and to come home with some good stories to tell.
Armin had an uncanny ability to win every coin toss, whether for the best bed, or the tallest rubber boots for the stream work. He plans on becoming a physician.
Ezequiel Quinones describes himself as pure New Yorican (a nod to his family ties to Puerto Rico). He admits that he was nervous about being out in Nature. This trip would provide many first…including his very first time camping and first float on a whitewater river. But, came ready to embrace new experiences knowing they’d make him grow.
Ezequiel also attends the High School or Environmental Studies, entering his junior year this fall. The school was more his parents’ idea than his. His interest is music, not test tubes and plant surveys. But, as he says now, he “wouldn’t have it any other way.”
During the trip, he says that he learned how to breath, and decided he’d like to go hunting with his uncle sometime. There’s a career in music education in Ezequiel’s sights at the moment.