CCA student uses Drexel internship to pursue dream of becoming a nurse
Asiyah Jones, 17, of Philadelphia, is a Commonwealth Charter Academy senior with an internship at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
Asiyah Jones, 17, of Philadelphia, dreams of becoming a nurse, possibly working with children in a pediatric hospital.
To realize her dream, Asiyah is starting small. Really small.
Asiyah is working with frogs during her internship with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has been assigned to the exhibit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors at the museum. She greets people and talks to children and adults about the different species of frogs at the museum.
You might think that working with frogs is a good way for a future nurse to learn about biology, anatomy and physiology, and to prepare for those college courses. However, Asiyah sees another major benefit to her internship.
“This internship has helped me break out of my shell and come up to people and start a conversation,” said Asiyah, who tends to be shy. “As a nurse, I am going to have to communicate. If I work in a hospital, I am going to need to talk to people.”
Asiyah, a CCA 12th-grader, last year attended the CCA Conservatory internship program. She learned how to create a resume, how to draft cover letters and emails, and how to search for internship and volunteer opportunities.
She worked closely with CCA STEM Conservatory Manager Kurt Amen to secure the internship at the Academy of Natural Sciences. She works three hours per day, two days per week.
How does she work at her internship and keep her busy academic schedule? CCA’s personalized, flexible schedule allows students to participate in sports, internships or jobs, and keep up their grades.
“I am a very independent person. I like to work at my own pace,” Asiyah said. “I feel it will be good for college, because when you are at college you are not going to have people on your back to get your work done. I already have that ability.”
Asiyah is a member of the CCA Adventure Club. She attended a rock-climbing excursion with her classmates. She also serves on the student spring formal committee, which is helping to plan the first CCA spring formal in the Philadelphia region.
Asiyah said there have been challenges at her internship. For example, she showed a little girl the American bullfrog tadpole display and explained how tadpoles eventually become frogs.
“The little girl said she would stay there and wait until the tadpole turned into a frog,” said Asiyah, who didn’t know how to tell the girl that it would take weeks. “Thankfully, her mom did it for me. I didn’t have to crush her dreams.”