By: LANNAN M. O’BRIEN, June 9, 2014


Eighteen-year-old Theresa M. Eccleston’s passion for working with the elderly was reaffirmed by her internship at the Royal Meganset Nursing & Retirement Home for the Mashpee High School school-to-career program this year.

“I love how interesting their stories are,” she said. “I love how sweet they are, I love putting a smile on their faces.”

Run by business and technology teacher Carol Riley, the School-to-Career program is an internship program students may choose to complete instead of a senior project— seniors are required to complete one of the two in order to graduate. This year, 10 students participated in the program, for which they worked with a supervisor at an internship of their choice for 10 hours a week over a 13-week period.

For her internship, Theresa said that she assisted residents of the nursing home with daily needs such as opening windows, adjusting fans, and making beds.

Along with her classmates, Theresa provided The Enterprise with written answers to questions about her experiences.

“I learned that nursing is probably one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs there is out there and I am so happy I have picked this career,” she wrote.

Theresa has already been offered a job at the Royal Meganset, and will resume her work there after she graduates. After working there for a year, she hopes to transfer to Cape Cod Hospital and then study nursing at Cape Cod Community College and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Published in the Mashpee Enterprise, June 9, 2014