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The Principia, Northern Essex Community College
Head Prep Cook, Durgin Park
Hey, I'm Melody!
Boston, Massachusetts, United States · Member since May 2012

My love for learning through travel stems from my time spent studying abroad during college. As an Environmental Biology major I traveled and studied Ecology for three months in New Zealand. During my trip, I experienced the native culture on a five day canoe trip with a group of Maori. I will never forget their open-hearted hospitality and the way our group was immediately welcomed and treated as family. Traveling alone let me see more of the North Island and I enjoyed time reflecting on a deserted beach. My travel throughout New Zealand was captivating. Since that trip abroad, I love traveling to meet new people and submerging myself in unfamiliar cultures and environments.

I am presently the head prep cook for a traditional New England restaurant called Durgin Park, located in the international terminal of Boston Logan International Airport. Boston is one of my favorite cities to live in because it is close to the White Mountains in New Hampshire and the Green Mountains in Vermont. I'm an ocean lover and enjoy sailing out to the Boston Harbor Islands and swimming in the bay.

Last year, I was a wilderness therapy instructor for Second Nature, an organization dedicated to helping at risk youth by living in nature. I worked 8 days in a row, and I had 6 days off in between work shifts. I absolutely loved this schedule because it allowed me to travel a lot! I was able to travel to Montana, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, California, Idaho, and many other states on roadtrips. Although I was based out of Duchesne, Utah, for my job last year, I flew back home to Boston for about a week each month!

I love traveling to see new places; visiting old friends and making new ones; mountain biking; rock climbing; hiking; snowboarding; and especially skiing and sailing. I enjoy discovering libraries, eating at diners, taking overnight road trips, jumping in the ocean when it's too cold, and appreciating every moment.

I am very respectful, upfront, and value honesty and integrity above all else.

"Happiness is not in our circumstance but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are." -John B. Sheerin

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