Student makes wishes come true 2

Kait Quinn – 1851 Staff

 

Meaghan Spillane, a junior, interns at Make-A-Wish this semester.   (Photo courtesy of Meaghan Spillane)

Meaghan Spillane, a junior, interns at Make-A-Wish this semester. (Photo courtesy of Meaghan Spillane)

Meaghan Spillane, a junior psychology major, is interning at the Make-A-Wish Foundation this semester.

What role do you play there?

I am in the Wish Development Department. I put together volunteer projects, some data entry, which isn’t really that fun, and anything my supervisor asks me to do…a Girl’s ‘Sweet 16’ needed decorations, if there is an event at a restaurant… I do anything. A 14 year old boy wants to go to Disney with his parents and younger brother. I just found out that he will be going in February. I met him once, so it is really exciting.

What made you want to get involved with this internship?

I volunteered with them before in elementary and middle school at the former Rhode Island location. Professor Sarah Burrows suggested since I had experience that I should contact the one here. I had a wish granted before, so there was a personal connection. I got to go to Disney and now I’m helping someone get to go Disney.

How long will you be involved?

It is part of my psychology internship requirement, so I am staying until December. I wish I did it next year as my full-year requirement! My supervisor is the nicest woman ever.

What are your hopes?

Besides getting an A in the class, I know I want to work with adolescents. I just don’t know if I want to do non-profit or counseling so I want to see what I want to do with kids.

What’s in your future?

Still in the Boston area… working with kids and teens, especially gay/lesbian teenagers because they have the highest suicide rate.

What else are you involved with?

I am involved in CAB, the Stage Manager for the Drama Club, the Barry Price Mentoring Club, and an America Counts Tutor and Coordinator. What is your dream job? I want my own private practice in therapy and counseling as well as be my own boss… That would be ideal.

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