By Jay R., Co-op Student
Hi everyone! It’s Jay again. Since the summer is fast approaching, my time here at the Museum is coming to an end. Over the past few months, I’ve learned some things, ranging from using Canva for videos (I never knew you could do that!) to how much of a history nerd I can be. As I’ll be in Grade 12 in the fall, I’ve often thought about my post-secondary education. One of my options is to work at a museum as a social media manager, curator, or something along those lines. The other option is for broadcasting and television, which is funny because both of the options are very different from one another!
Either way, I know I’ll be sticking around even after my placement is up. I love how museums can connect with the community and positively impact someone’s day after they’ve come in for a tour or even a coffee. I’ll be doing as many of the volunteer opportunities as I can. I’ve met many people and done many things I would never have done without being here. And the staff here are excellent!
Over the past couple of months, I’ve done various projects, all of which I loved to do. One of my favourite projects was researching information for three schools in Oshawa, Albert St. School, Mary St. School and Westmount Public School, and writing about them. It was fascinating to read about how schools have changed over the decades, which I can relate to, especially as I’m still in high school. One thing that shocked me was that one class had a 1:75 teacher to students ratio due to overcrowding. The other thing that brightened my day has to be giving tours. When I first started my placement here, I was worried about giving tours, and now I love them. It’s always fun to inform people about things they don’t know.
One mini project for school was these SMART goals. They were something you had to accomplish by the end of your placement. Mine was to positively impact the community and museum in whatever way works, which I achieved through my tours and little timbits here and there. I’m so grateful to get the experiences I did here at the museum and meet everyone I did. I’ll miss my time here and all the little things I’d see and do daily.