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Paige Sanford ’11


Date: January 31, 2013
Chesapeake Semester graduate Paige Sanford discusses where her internship has led her.


“After graduating from Washington College in May 2012, I was hired to work for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a non-profit based out of Annapolis. I lived all summer on Great Fox Island, hosting school groups for 3 days and 2 nights at a time, using experiential learning to teach them about the Chesapeake Bay and the life and culture that it provides. At the end of the summer I was offered a permanent position with the foundation and have been living on Tangier teaching school groups ever since. The stem of my interest in the bay began on the Potomac River as a kid, but in the fall of 2010 I began the Chesapeake Semester at Washington College, which peaked an interest that got me to where I am today. Throughout the semester we met somewhere around 80 people that are involved in the bay, raising challenging questions for others and ourselves. At the completion of the semester I didn’t want it to end, and therefore pursued a job with the Chesapeake Bay following graduation. Without the Chesapeake Semester, I surely would not have the job that I currently have. I have realized since graduation how much the knowledge that I gained has helped me and given me the opportunity to learn more. Not only has the knowledge and the facts about the bay been useful, but the Chesapeake Semester gave me the confidence to talk to locals and ask people questions on my own, making many new relationships.”

Last modified on Feb. 12th, 2013 at 5:44pm by Mike Hardesty.