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Summer Off the Hill

Five Tufts students share their plans to engage with communities at home and abroad, explore culinary possibilies, and learn about the real-life applications of their educations during the summer.

Sophomore Nolan Jimbo lives and breathes his major, art history. This summer, though, this passion will be his job in the Department of Photographs at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. As a curatorial and collections management intern, his main responsibilities will include research for upcoming exhibitions and publications, processing new acquisitions, and organizing works in the collections storage areas. “As a native of L.A.,” Jimbo says, “I’ve been visiting the Getty my entire life and it’s always been one of my favorite museums… The chance to work in one of the largest collections of photographs in the U.S. is incredible and I couldn’t feel luckier!”

Although junior JD DeAngelis has already been in Europe all year, studying abroad in Madrid, the ILVS major isn’t finished yet. She explains, “I’ve always been curious about other cultures, but being in Spain for the year has made me re-examine the cultural norms I take for granted. Hopefully, when I travel this summer, I’ll be able to keep those things in mind and be a respectful traveler.” This summer, she’ll backpack from Rome to Copenhagen, stopping along the way to see all the Rhine River castles and cities like Basel and Budapest. Overall, DeAngelis says, “I’m most excited about eating my way through all the countries. For me, cuisine and culture go hand-in-hand. It’s a great excuse to eat a lot of pastries in the name of cultural anthropology.” Check out her blog, for updates along the way!

Sophomore Jay Radochia will be the Front Dock Manager at the Manchester Marina on the North Shore. Anyone who stops in Manchester Harbor stops at his dock. Having worked there the past three summers, Radochia “loves being out on the water and feels a sense of responsibility for the marina.” He’s in charge of fuel-dock operations such as pumping gas, selling oil, selling motor parts, handling transient moorings and slips, and managing a six-man crew. “It’s technical, hard work,” Radochia explains. “But the coolest part is meeting such a wide range of people—fisherman, sailors, lobster men, or even one time the CTO of Microsoft.

As a sophomore transfer, studying abroad during the school year was going to be nearly impossible for Becky Goldberg. Instead, the Community Health and American Studies double major will trek to Madagascar this summer through the seven-week SIT program “Social and Political Dimensions of Health.” In addition to her courses about traditional medicine and healthcare systems, Goldberg will take an intensive class in Malagasy, the native language, so that she can communicate while in homestays. “I want to go into public health policy,” Goldberg explains, “but before I aim to fix our healthcare system in the US, it’s best to know the systems of other countries similar to and extremely different from us.”

You’ve probably seen sophomore Julia Stein biking around in an orange jumpsuit on weekend nights, delivering cookies for the Cookie Man. This summer, Sweet Idea may be closed except for catered events, but Stein has plenty of other plans in store. She’ll be continuing her psychology research on racial minorities on campus in the Social Identity and Stigma Lab. She’s also interning at Reflection Films, a documentary film company that creates work for local nonprofits to aid in their advertising and marketing. Finally, in all of her spare time, she’ll be working at The Dining Car, a food truck with locations spread throughout downtown Boston. “I love food and cooking,” Stein says, “and am really excited to be part of a new and up-and-coming part of the food world.”

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