b'PERSPECTIVEReflections of a PVA InternBy Casey Tucker, Massachusetts Maritime AcademyLeft: Casey Tucker is flanked by PVA staff Jen Wilk and Ed Welch on Capitol Hill; Right: PVAs Eric Christensen (pointing) teaches Casey Tucker the ropes on vessel safety and security measures. G rowing up close to the water, I was naturally drawn to the maritimewas able to offer. I have worked industry. My childhood was spent at my beach house in Onset, MA whereextremely hard for the opportunities I my passion for the maritime world was born. When it came to my careerhave and have never once regretted my path, my aunt was always my biggest role model. She was extremely successfuldecision to join the Regiment of Cadets. in corporate America working for an asset manager, which helped me developAs I was quickly approaching the my love for business. Finding a way to collaborate the two into an Internationaltime for my second and final internship, Maritime Business degree is something only Massachusetts Maritime Academyrequirements for earning my degree at the Academy, I had a very important decision to make. As with anything I do, I like to make sure that my present actions are going to benefit my future self. When I received an email from the Passenger Vessel Association in Alexandria, VA informing me that I was under consideration for their in-ternship program, I knew I had to do everything I could to secure myself with the position. Unlike others who applied, I was fortunate enough to have some experience with PVA since I attended their regional conference in Boston, MA about a year prior. This was critical for the application process because the staff was aware of who I was, and I had kept in touch with them throughout the year. When I was notified that I had been chosen for the internship, it was equivalent to the feeling of getting accepted to your top school. I knew 30MARCH 2020FOGHORN'