Chloe Barrow is a Mechanical Engineering Summer Intern with the Chemours Company at the Chambers Works Site, as well as this week’s #PeopleofWilmDE! Read her story below:
“I was born in Connecticut but moved to Wilmington, Delaware when I was young. I did my K-12 education years at schools all in North Wilmington: Hanby Elementary School, Springer Middle School and Concord High School. Throughout my life in the Wilmington area I have been a part of various organizations/clubs and have volunteered with different organizations that have given back to this community and more.
I was very active in the community when I was growing up. I have been involved in Jack and Jill, an organization that has many volunteering events, activities, drives, etc. throughout the city. I was also involved in HBCU Week (volunteering).
I choose to continue to live in Wilmington and work with a Wilmington based company because this community has done so much for me and I feel like it is only right to give and provide back to the Wilmington area whatever and as much as I can.
One of my favorite memories associated with our city is doing a 5k run with my friends and family around the Riverfront and surrounding areas. That day was filled with so much love and laughter it is one of my favorite memories to this day.
Another one of my favorite stories as a Wilmingtonian was being able to see the HBCU “Battle of the Bands” performance that was held at Frawley Stadium. This performance was truly spectacular and had everyone out of their seats. I was surrounded by family, friends, and laughter. That day was really fun and a memory I will never forget.
One of the prouder moments I have of being a Wilmingtonian is having President Joe Biden come out to the city and give his victory speech at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Just seeing him come back to his community and speaking at a place I’ve been to over a dozen times made me proud to say I am from Wilmington Delaware.
Being in Wilmington has helped me where I am today because just by being a resident of this area and providing back to my community as much as I can I was able to land a scholarship that helped me go to my dream school. During my senior year I received the Chemours Future of Chemistry Scholarship, it is a 4 year award that provides scholarships to students pursuing STEM degrees at HBCU’s. This scholarship has not only given me the opportunity to go to my current school but has landed me an internship with the Chemours Company for the summer.
As we look towards moving forward in Wilmington I am hopeful that we will come back together and be better than ever. Covid really did a number on a lot of people both emotionally and physically. This virus pushed a lot of people into a lonely and unwell state. From this, unity and any sense of togetherness may have been diminished. Now that things are starting to look up I hope that together Wilmingtonians can once again come together, unite in communal strength, and make this city just as exceptional as I know it can be.
To people living and working in Wilmington one piece of advice I would give is to continue to support each other. This last year has been a true test for us all. For some it was the hardest time of their lives. But, I believe and continue to believe that one reason why we all made it through dark times was because we were there for each other when we all needed it the most.”