For their final year of InterMission, seniors embark on job shadows and internships with Ancients who are professionals and thought leaders across a variety of industries. These experiences allow students to see how our Ancients model the school’s mission through their work, insight they can take with them as they leave Farmington and go on to shape a changing world themselves.
Seniors Marley C. and Meena G. interned with Ancient Diva Malinowski Green ’08, a veterinarian based in Plainville, Connecticut. We sat down with Diva, Marley, and Meena to learn about the experience from both the student and Ancient perspectives.
Diva: Porter’s really taught me about giving back. Working with my fellow students and also staff and faculty members, I really was able to hone skills about giving back, and so that’s where my desire to help continue to teach Porter’s students comes from. I think [Porter’s is] really fostering the importance of giving back. That’s what I like to do, is give back to you girls, so that way you can try to find your way, your interests in the world.
Marley: Working with an Ancient and [seeing] what the real word is like has been really inspiring and cool. It gives me insight into what my life may be like 10, 20 years from now.
Meena: [It] has given me a perspective of what I want to focus on in college or my job, or in my life after college.
Diva: Porter’s really taught me to not be afraid to reach my goals … [and] to always continue to pursue my dreams, and also to not stop. I can do whatever I set my mind to. For the girls who are visiting me, I would like them to leave knowing that they have the opportunity to do anything that they would like. And it might not be this, and that’s OK! But [to know] that they have explored at least one avenue of something that they could potentially do with their careers. No matter what happens, whatever they choose, they’re going to be OK.
Marley: It makes me feel reassured that no matter what, I’ll end up where I need to be and doing what I need to do in the future.
Meena: Getting to see … a product of [a] Porter’s [education] … helped calm me down and not worry too much about having everything perfect because in the end, it will all work out.
Diva: I think of my fond memories of traditions and events that we used to hold at Porter’s … [and] making friends and just all of the fun experiences we had in Farmington. [T]his experience, having both of you here, really brings that back for me, makes me want to reach out to the girls that I used to be very, very close with. The bonds that you create at Porter’s are really special.