Steven Smith: from Volunteer to Med School

When interviewing for admission into medical school, Steven Smith shared his experience as a teen in the Museum Apprentice Program (MAP) at Creative Discovery Museum and how it helped influence his desire to become a pediatrician. Steven was accepted to the school, and the skills he gained in the Museum Apprentice Program were specifically mentioned in his acceptance letter as a factor in the decision to admit him."The MAP program at Creative Discovery Museum helped me develop a positive work ethic, confidence to approach guests in the Museum and good customer service skills," says Steven, now in his final year at Mercer University School of Medicine.

While mostly known for its early childhood programs and engaging exhibits, the Museum reaches all ages of children and youth inspiring them to explore, innovate, create and play.You can help more kids like Steven discover a passion for learning and spark interests that last a lifetime with a gift to Creative Discovery Museum.

Each year the Museum Apprentice Program provides almost 70 teens, age 11-16, with opportunities to develop new life skills. Apprentices provide assistance throughout the Museum-ranging from exhibit upkeep and science demonstrations to birthday parties and special events. The teens are extensively trained and coached by dedicated staff members as they advance to higher levels of responsibility in the program. As a result, the teens develop life skills, leadership skills, expertise in working with children and self confidence while providing service to the Museum.

Steven first visited Creative Discovery Museum as a young child with his three siblings; his parents drove their children from Calhoun, Georgia to the Museum for its innovative exhibits and activities as an extension of their homeschool curriculum. As teens, they participated in the Museum Apprentice Program on a regular basis. Steven's youngest sister, Maddie, now carries on the family tradition.

Steven returned this summer to Creative Discovery Museum as a volunteer in the Corner Clinic. To help kids feel less fearful of doctors' offices and procedures, he encouraged them to bring a stuffed animal or doll to him for "treatment" and showed them how his medical equipment, such as a stethoscope and an otoscope, worked.