“I grew up wanting to be a computer engineer, but I thought about it and realized I can’t really code. It might not be my thing. But I want to do some hands-on hardware stuff, like putting computer parts together, or maybe becoming a biomedical engineer.
I think I’m drawn to hands-on work because it’s more engaging. I’ve always wanted to be the person who’s designing new things and technology. I want to try it myself.”
// Cooperative, creative, energetic
// A student at Patrick Henry High School
// Becoming an engineer
Collaborating with teammates Salah and Nathan.
“What I learned most with my group is how to stick together to the end. Our project for The Loppet Foundation was challenging. It involved a lot of on-site work to capture photos and video, and then more work afterwards as we did editing. It gets complicated and tiring and frustrating. But when we help each out and cheer each other up, we can get it done.
Before I came to Rêve Academy, I was involved with another program where I worked on photography and video editing. When I came here, I knew what I was doing in those areas. But the program I’m new to is Adobe Premiere Pro because I’ve only used iMovie previously. So that was challenging. Actually, all the Adobe programs are new to me, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to adapt to these new tools.
It’s hard to move around in those programs, especially if your team doesn’t really know how to use them. So you’re just doing what you can. You’re like a lone wolf trying to figure out stuff on your own, and then coming back to your group to show them what you learned.”
Toubee with his project team for the summer.
“The best part of the client project was seeing the result. The client gave us a lot of feedback on what to improve, so it was great to show our latest version to the client and see them get really happy. We were proud of our hard work when we finally finished.
If I had a classmate who was interested in coming here, my advice would be to follow their dreams. Don’t let a little thing distract you. Even if your family wants you to do something else, don’t let them push you away from your dream. What you want to do is what you’ll be most motivated to do.”
Toubee gained both technical and professional skills in his internship—and he didn’t have to pay a cent. In fact, we paid him a fair wage for his work each week, while he learned:
// Premiere Pro
// Project management
// Agile development
Rêve Academy’s student interns of summer 2018.
Become a digital volunteer and help our interns as they work on real-world projects. Or show our kids what an ordinary day looks like for a working professional. There are lots of ways to get involved, so don’t be shy—we can’t wait to meet you!