Meet Onesha Givens, a high-school senior from Lidenwold High-School located in New Jersey. Onesha is interested in pursuing a career as a forensic scientist, so she reached out to AWIFS as a sponsor for her senior forensic science project. Of course, I accepted because one of our goals as a professional organization is to assist teens with finding resources that will help them prepare for a career in forensics. I met with Onesha and her mentor in Philly to discuss the requirements for her senior project. For her project, she is required to complete two hands-on experiments with the assistance of a professional, weekly meetings that will include discussions about projects, experiments and activities. Onesha is a pleasant and intelligent young lady and her mother travels from New Jersey to have her participate in our “Club Philly Forensics” after school program. Onesha also maintains a blog about her personal experiences with her senior project in the making and below is what she had to say about our first meet-up.
SURPRISE! I actually have quite interesting news for this week!
I met with my mentor…..AND WE FINALLY WENT TO GO MEET MY SPONSOR, Antoinette Thwaites, FOR THE FIRST TIME! I was absolutely nervous, scared, and all the other feelings that you don’t want to experience when you’re about to have a serious encounter. However, once we met up with her, she made me feel comfortable,almost as if I had nothing to worry about. I briefly had her sign the Senior Project contract, we introduced ourselves and then we talked about how I can use her area of expertise for my end-of-the-year presentation. Later, we discussed how many times we would meet a month. Even though she said we could only meet once month, she did invite me to her personal classes and science festivals that I could attend in order to make up for lost time that we could use to meet up. She also asked me to be a volunteer of hers for some of the festivals that she’s involved in. Lastly, she informed me of Forensic Science books I can use so that I could try out some hands-on experiments and what not. Since a full length experiment for a 45 minute presentation may be aiming for too much, my mentor, my sponsor and I are trying to think of new ways to shorten the length of time for that idea or even trying to think of a new one. I learned a plethora of important aspects during my first encounter with Ms. Antoinette Thwaites. My instant first impression of her was that she was very laid back, but also very knowledgeable as well. She’s the founder of an entire organization dedicated to Forensic Science and my mentor and I could automatically tell that she’s not all about work, but loves to help others in need as well. Although we met for only an hour, it was absolutely an hour I wouldn’t give back for anything. I’m thrilled that I found this person and even though I had my doubts about her, she did not fail to prove me wrong. I really hope my future meetings with my sponsor are going to be as good as the one I had the other day.