While most college kids use the summer as a time to take a break from school, others use their time to get ahead of their studies with internships.
Liza Antonelli is a scholar in plant science and has been in Ardmore for the past couple of months working as an intern at the Noble Research Institute.
“I have learned so much about what it is like to work in the field of plant biology, and have made connections with friends and mentors that I hope to stay in touch with for years to come,” Antonelli said.
Antonelli is trusting the magic of new beginnings.
“At first, I was just focused on making money to pay for school, but in the end I realized that Noble has meant so much more to me,” Antonelli said. “This summer has shown me that it is truly possible to achieve my goals. I have learned numerous lab skills and I’ve experienced attending meetings and seminars in the workplace. I am also going to give a special presentation soon.”
Being far away from your loved ones can make life tough.
“I am from Killingly, Conn. which is 27 hours from here,” Antonelli said. “I attend Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. which is only two hours from where I live. These past ten weeks have been the longest I have ever gone without seeing my family and I miss them so much. I can’t wait to be back with them.”
Trying new things can be hard at first, but once you get in the groove like Antonelli did, it will all work out.
“It took me a few days to adjust to being in a strange place with new people,” Antonelli said. “However, the challenge became a blessing once I found friends and we started adventuring out together after work and on the weekends.”
Antonelli expresses her thoughts about Ardmore.
“This is my first time being in this part of the country, so I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Antonelli said. “It certainly has been a warmer summer than I’m used to. I think Ardmore is quiet but beautiful. It is amazing to see so many wide open spaces, and I will miss the golden fields at sunset and the clear skies at night.”
When you intern at a company, you take a piece of that place back with you.
“Since I am planning to earn my masters in plant biology, Noble has been the perfect place for me this summer,” Antonelli said. “My work at Noble has given me a broader and more applied perspective to what I study in school and my experience here will inspire my studies in the coming semesters. This summer would not have been great without my truly amazing coworkers, roommates and friends.”