My name is Kirby Boes and I am just finishing my junior year at Columbus School for Girls. I have attended CSG since 1st grade, so it is still unreal to me that next year will be my last. Throughout my almost 12 years at CSG, writing and literature classes have always been my favorite; so, when I had the opportunity to intern at Thurber House for my Junior May Experience, I was immediately interested.
Junior May Experience is part of our high school’s “May Program”, which is a yearly program that takes place the last two weeks of May, after we finish our final exams. May Program for the underclassmen consists of a variety of opportunities including cultural cooking classes, drivers ed., historical film classes, service trips, and even ultimate frisbee! Senior May Program, for the seniors, is a month long internship organized individually and can be anywhere in the city, state, country, or world! Junior May Experience (JME) is the happy medium, as well as the transition, from the underclassmen’s May Program to Senior May Program.
So, how did I end up at Thurber House this week? During the school year, we turned in a list of our likes and interests, and later received a list of possible places to intern for one or two weeks – all organized by one of our teachers. We labeled our top three choices for our JME and soon received where we would be interning. Last week, my first week of JME, I interned at Flying Horse Farms, an amazing camp for children with severe illnesses, and now, the second week of JME, I am here interning at the one and only Thurber House!
Today is my first day here at Thurber House, and to be completely honest, I was a little creeped out, but also intrigued, after recently discovering that this place is haunted. When I arrived this morning, I went on a self-guided tour of Thurber House and read two of James Thurber’s short stories, The Dog that Bit People and University Days, both of which were comical and enjoyable easy-reads. The next few days I will be assisting in preparations for the Thurber House summer writing camp, which I actually attended when I was in elementary school! I am also very excited to help Katie and Meg teach a super heroes and villains writing activity at Horizon Middle School later this week. I am not entirely sure what to expect, but it sounds super exciting! (See what I did there? Super heroes, super exciting…)
I am very happy to be here at Thurber House. I really hope I don’t run into any ghosts, but most of all I cannot wait to see what the next four days have in store!