Alumni Spotlight: Morgan McCartan

From the shores of Beekman Beach to the shores of Cayuga Lake, Morgan McCartan is one of the many alumni whose experiences and memories at The WaterFront Center have helped set their course to new opportunities and an ambitious future!

How did you start working at The WaterFront Center?

I have always loved The WaterFront Center. My middle school and high school, East Woods School and Friends Academy respectively, were always involved with The WaterFront Center’s marine education programs. Many years ago, I was also a camper during the Junior Summer program; a “Lil’ luffer” (grades 3 & 4) and a “Skipper" (grades 7 & 8) to be exact.

I will never forget the hours of fun I spent on the water and the friendships I made. I met my best friend in Lil’ Luffers, and she is now going off to sail competitively in college. I was so excited when I was offered the opportunity to come back this summer and work. I saw the job more as giving back to a place that held so many fond memories.

What were you up to before the season started?

Before working at The WaterFront Center, I interned at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Dr. Jay Lee’s molecular biology lab for a year. I also worked as a Teacher’s Assistant for OmniLearn Corp over the summer, which was a STEM-based science camp over at East Woods School in Oyster Bay.

What was your favorite part of working at The WaterFront Center?

My favorite part about working at The WaterFront Center is definitely being able to interact with so many different people every day— from educators, to sailing instructors, to campers, to rental customers; there is never a dull day.

What have you been up to since leaving The WaterFront Center?

Since I left the WFC, I have started my freshman year at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. I am enrolled in the College of Human Ecology as a Human Bio Major in the hopes of attending medical school in the future. I am super excited for the year ahead!