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“BOP has really changed me…”

By Susannah Black
February 29, 2016

On February 4, BOP was honored as one of the Clinton Global Initiative’s featured Commitments to Action at their 2016 Winter Meeting.  Harbor students and students from several other BOP Schools attended; to learn more about the event, go here.

Harbor Senior Gregory Torres accepted the CGI Commitment to Action certificate on behalf of the Project, and spoke to Chelsea Clinton and the gathered CGI members about its role in his life.

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The Billion Oyster Project has really changed me, changed how I’m planning for my life and how I think about my future.  I’m in the process of applying to college and I’m looking at an environmental major.  I’m interested in marine science, and I’m applying to University of Rhode Island for their aquaculture and marine sciences program, and to Cornell for their agriculture and environmental sustainability program.  

The work of aquaculture is interesting because you take on multiple responsibilities; you take on a project and you’re responsible for the whole project.  A lot of people depend on you. But the science is interesting too.  Growing something is so amazing.  I just find it fascinating, how you’re able to spawn and maintain an organism. 

BOP has also opened my eyes in terms of conservation, too. I know that if I take an action, it leads to other things.  If I take a long shower on a day when it’s raining, that makes a difference.  I feel like I can make a change.  I can make a difference.  And that matters.