Amy is a high school senior who worked with the PRISM Outreach
team as a summer intern. She reflects on her experience.
Education is one of the greatest gifts a person can
receive. It is a remarkable experience to come into a new environment
and to learn new ideas and processes. Learning can also create a new
understanding and appreciation for life. My summer intern at JRP gave
me this gift.
I am so pleased that I was allowed the chance to come and work with
the PRISM project. While I was here I learned many new computer skills.
The most I had ever done before I worked here was type school reports
and write e-mails. Now I can work with Adobe Photoshop, Spin Photo,
and Dreamweaver, all computer programs. It was amazing to me that I
was someone who occasionally visited websites, and now I was actually
MAKING websites. It was an awesome feeling of accomplishment.
I also learned a lot about the artifacts with which I worked. My job
required me to go to the KU Anthropology Museum to take pictures of
artifacts from the Artic region, circa 1800’s. I began to learn
about the Inuit culture and what they did to survive. Something that
I thought was particularly interesting was what they used for a source
of light and heat. They would make blubber lamps, which would be a shallow
stone bowl, and they would fill the lamp with seal blubber. They would
then have a moss wick inside the blubber and light the wick. This would
emit a source of smokeless light and heat. This was just one of the
many things I learned about Inuit culture.
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