First Niagara Foundation Intern Blog Post: Emily Sheehy

IMG_4476Name: Emily Sheehy

Hometown: East Haven, CT

College and Major: Southern Connecticut State University, English with a Concentration in Professional Writing

Tutoring Site: Science Park

Clubs: Math I, Art, Co-Leader of Drama, Co-Leader of Danny Dollar

Favorite Childhood Book: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein


My journey with the New Haven Reads family began about a year ago when I started as a volunteer tutor. I was so eager and excited to give back to the community I have called home my entire life, as well as have the opportunity to connect with students of all ages and backgrounds. When I found out about the summer internship opportunity, kindly funded by First Niagara Foundation, I immediately updated my resume and contacted my professor at the time for a recommendation letter. I was ecstatic when I found out I had the position.

New Haven Reads is a community of its own–the staff, students, and volunteers are all what make it so unique and connected. This internship has provided me with the opportunity to really discover myself as an educator and as a member of a team. I am so grateful for the relationships that have been made and developed during the last several weeks. I have made friends with interns and staff members alike, and all are incredible in their own way. Each intern and fellow has enormous support from a team where everyone is more than happy to help and guide us.

Looking back on the last few weeks, I can think of several moments with my students that have stuck with me. One moment in particular had been while I was leading my Math I Club. The students and I had been working on addition and one student in particular really caught me by surprise. During the first two weeks of addition, he seemed to be comfortable with just beginner addition, as opposed to intermediate (double and triple digits). I could tell worksheets didn’t interest him, so I decided to organize a math “game” where the students had to go around the room, solving math problems that correspond with the letters A-L on a chart they had. He absolutely loved the game, and was solving double and triple math problems with little help. He ended up being the first student to fill up their “Hide-and-Seek” math chart and I couldn’t help but be excited with him.

I cannot fully express how grateful I am for this journey at New Haven Reads. From meeting and connecting with amazing students, to forming friendships with incredible interns and fellows, I just want to thank First Niagara Foundation for this opportunity. It has truly been a summer I will never forget, and I cannot wait to see what the next few weeks have in store.

Thank you to the First Niagara Foundation in partnership with KeyBank for generously funding six college-age interns at New Haven Reads this summer.

Categories First Niagara Summer Internship, News & Events | Tags: | Posted on August 2, 2018

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