A blog by Apprentice Emilio
I’m a tenth-grader at Harding Senior High School in Saint Paul. One day, I was ditching class and walking the hallways, and one of administrators brought me into her office. Then she was talking to me, asking how my day was going, asking if I liked working with my hands, and she told me about Urban Boatbuilders. We called then, and within an hour Angela called back to tell me I had the job.
My first day was weird because I didn’t know anyone. And weird because it was my first job, I didn’t know what to expect. It was interesting too, learning how to use all the tools. The first boat I worked on was a canoe, a Wilderness Traveler. Today I’m a lot more comfortable coming into work. My favorite thing to do in the shop is weaving seats. I don’t know why – I thought I’d hate it, but I actually really liked it. It’s a challenge, because if you get something wrong you have to go all the way back and do it again. It’s fun though.
I’m looking forward to being on the water with the boats this summer. I’ll be graduating in June, after having been here for a total of nine months. Hopefully I’ll be able to become a Youth Instructor.
When I’m not at work I like to play video games like Call of Duty. I have a dog, a Jack Russel named Charlie. After high school, I want to be a Marine. My grandpa was Marine. I’ve been doing better in school ever since I got the job as an Apprentice, so I’m not ditching class and wandering the halls anymore.