Student Spotlight: James Crawford | Mystic, Connecticut
What is your dream occupation?I really love the water and boats. Sail training has always appealed to me, as well as marine logistics and salvage work.
What is happiness to you?Sailing on a full moon before a storm.
Student Spotlight: Katie O'Brien | Ann Arbor, Michigan
What do you see yourself doing after COA?Maybe going to grad school for fisheries, maybe travelling.
What is happiness to you?Being on the water
Student Spotlight: Kaitlin Mathews | Belgrade, Maine
What is your dream occupation?Helping both ocean environments and human aspects.
What is happiness to you?Any day that it is warm enough to do yoga in a field of grass.
Student Spotlight: Katja Flukiger | Switzerland
What has been your favorite class at COA? Why?...In animation I can create whatever I want to. There are no limits. Sometimes I would wake up at night with a great idea for a scene....
What are your ideas for your senior project? I think I want to publish a book with poems and illustrations but that can change.
Student Spotlight: Vivian Lambert | Mariaville, Maine
Do you work on or off campus? If yes, where?I did work study in the kitchen and occasionally worked at Cadillac Mountain Sports in town.
Have you had an internship? Yes. I interned at an Ayurvedic Health Center in Bellingham, WA. I learned about Indian medicine...
Student Spotlight: Shira Catlin | North Hampton, Massachusetts
Why did you choose to come to COA?...I also really wanted a school where I could follow my own path as learner and not be put into any "track".
What historical figure do you most admire?Abraham Lincoln totally has my vote.
Student Spotlight: Madeleine Cutting | Guilford, Connecticut
What is your dream occupation?My dream is evolving, but I would love to work with animals but I am not sure exactly where it will lead me. I would also love to open a small bakery and be part of the community.
Do you work on or off campus? If yes, where?On campus, Building and Grounds, painting.
Student Spotlight: Megan Trau | LaGrange, Georgia
What is your dream occupation?Artist for museum exhibits: fabricating artificial plants and such and generally creating things to communicate science to the public.
What country or state would you like to visit?I feel like I should go west of the Mississippi before I start roaming around internationally. So let's start there.
Student Spotlight: Jesse Karpinnen | Finland
Why did you choose to come to COA?It was an excellent combination of things I wanted from a college. It was close to nature and not a mainstream school. COA considers all its students individuals, rather than part of a huge institutional machinery.
Do you work on or off campus? If yes, where?I work with the marine mammal research group Allied Whale. I mainly work with Humpback Whale identification, but occasionally in the field.
Student Spotlight: Gabriela Niejadlik | Sussex, New Jersey
What country or state would you like to visit?France, India, California and Oregon. I hope to travel as much as I can.
What is your dream occupation?An artist, a writer and a photographer. Some combination of the three would be great.
Student Spotlight: Holly Krakowski | Pleasantville, New York
What do you see yourself doing after COA?Going to grad school to get my Masters in Social Work.
What are your plans, if any, for your internship?I may be interning in the human resources department of an investment firm in Manhattan or with an LGBT youth center in White Plains, New York.
Student Spotlight: Laurie Costa | Connecticut
What is your dream occupation?I would love to teach English or Biology and be a novelist on the side.
Why did you choose to come to COA?I fell in love with COA the moment I started learning about it. It was an easy decision for me. I applied Early Decision.
Student Spotlight: Franklin Jacoby | Cherryfield, Maine
What do you see yourself doing after COA?I plan to apply to graduate school and pursue a Master's in philosophy. I'm not sure where I will go after that, probably into teaching.
What is happiness to you?Happiness is either having a heated discussion among friends about theories in biology or thinking about those ideas while canoeing downriver.
Student Spotlight: Nathan Thanki | Belfast, Northern Ireland
What was your favorite project at COA? Why?Earth in Brackets is the most rewarding thing I've been involved in at COA. We take our interest in politics and international relations....
What country or state would you like to visit?I would like to visit Iraq.
Student Spotlight: Zuri De Souza | Pune, India
What was your favorite project at COA? Why?Designing the extension to Kaelber Hall for my architecture class. My group and I designed a functioning building...
What is your dream occupation?I would love to be an architect specializing in building performance spaces.
Student Spotlight: Teresa Maradiaga | Honduras & Costa Rica
What has been your favorite class at COA? Why?My favourite classes have been: 1) Physics of Sustainable Energy with Dave Feldman because he makes the learning process so much fun. I learned you can really apply math to real life situations. 2) Fieldworking in Community-Based Research with Todd Little-Siebold because the class was in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and we did independent fieldwork managing our time, and challenge our own reality and way of thinking. This was a life changing experience.
What was your favorite project at COA? Why?My favourite project at COA was one lab we had in the Sustainable Energy class where we built a wind turbine ourselves!
Student Spotlight: Jillian Gall | Sewaren, NJ
What do you see yourself doing after COA?After COA I plan to go to graduate school to study the ecology of metalliferous sites.
What is happiness to you?My nonna's ravioli on Thanksgiving Day.
Student Spotlight: Hannah Little | Painted Post / Corning, New York
What is your favorite food to eat? What is your favorite thing to cook?Green smoothies, dark leafy greens blended with fruit, are my favorite food to eat because they have me feeling confident with my health.
What do you like to study?I like to study the relationship between physical space and human thought.
Student Spotlight: Carly Segal | Willits, California
What is your favorite food to eat? What is your favorite thing to cook?Vegetables. Everything and anything delicious and outrageous.
What was your favorite project at COA? Why?The two week field trip we took to Georgia and Florida for Human Ecology of the Wilderness was one of the best trips I've taken here.
Student Spotlight: Marianna Calderon | Sacramento, CA
What was your favorite lesson/lecture/discussion/project at COA? Why?There have been many, but the one that stands out was a Role Play we did in International Wildlife Policy. Everyone in the class had a role as a country, or NGO, and we addressed a proposal to lift the ban on elephant ivory sales through CITES, a treaty about international trade in endangered species and their parts. There were heated debates, after class scheming, sneaky collaborations and attempts to sway key votes, and in the end, two fully drafted proposals that ended up being blended anyways. It was an immensely entertaining and constructive way to illustrate the difficulties in international collaboration.
Do you work on or off campus? If yes, where?I have a work study on campus. I work in the Take-A-Break kitchen and I absolutely adore my job. There's great music, great food, and wonderful supervisors and co-workers, and I schedule my hours around all my other obligations. I also recently started driving the Night Bus, which takes students to and from town from 7:30 to 11:30pm. That's a lot of fun as well.
Student Spotlight: Stefania Marchese | Monfalcone, Italy
What do people say is your most marked characteristic?Irony/Sarcasm, Moral strength
Why did you choose to come to COA?Because of the values of cooperation and sustainable future that are behind the school and its people. Or behind the people and their school. I am glad they weren't just pretty words on the website.
Student Spotlight: Neil Oculi | St. Lucia
What was your favorite lesson/lecture/discussion/project at COA? Why?This summer I will be doing a project on food security and environmental issues facing my home community. I will be going with two friends from South Africa and Belize to bring a multi-disciplinary perspective to solve this issue.
What are your ideas for your senior project? If you have already done one, what did you do?For my senior project I have this ambitious plan to turn St. Lucia into an energy independent nation. So for my senior project I will do a feasibility study of wind and solar energy on the island. Then present a business model that will harness energy that is economically viable and community oriented.
Student Spotlight: Julia De Santis | Rye, NY
What was your favorite lesson/lecture/discussion/project at COA? Why?I loved meeting with other students, faculty, staff, and community members at the Ashoka summit to discuss the future of COA. For three days we discussed what we could do to spread social, environmental and economic sustainability not only on COA's campus and Mount Desert Island, but around the world.
Why did you choose to come to COA?To pursue my dreams and to meet other people working toward a better world. I love it here. The physical beauty that first caught my attention now pales in comparison to the beauty of the people!
Student Spotlight: Gloria Kahamba | Tanzania
What is happiness to you?Being grateful and content for what I have - including family, relatives, and friends, peacefulness, and good health.
What was your favorite lesson/lecture/discussion/project at COA? Why?Experiential Learning Assignment - a project that every student had to do in my Anthropology of Health and Illness class. I chose to go into the MDI Hospital's Emergency Room and observe what usually goes on/shadow nurses as they attended to patients.
Student Spotlight: Marissa Altmann | Brookfield, CT
What is happiness to you?Happiness is self-confidence and the feeling of being supported and enjoyed by those around you.
What has been your favorite class at COA? Why?Mammalogy with John Anderson.
Student Spotlight: Renee McManus | Millinocket, Maine
What historical figure do you most admire?Abraham Lincoln knew how to get things done.
What is your least favorite spice?Does cilantro count as a spice?
Student Spotlight: Rain Perez | Lubec, Maine
What is your dream occupation?It is hard to say at this point. I fantasize about writing philosophical fiction, possibly teaching and working with the community centers and outreach programs back in my hometown.
Why did you choose to come to COA?I was intrigued by the concept of Human Ecology and the interdisciplinary curriculum. I came from a mostly home schooled background and was really looking for a college were I would be given the same sense of independence and self-motivation I had with my prior education.
Student Spotlight: Sonic Dlamini | Swaziland
What classes have you taken at COA? I have taken a wide variety of classes, but mostly oriented towards business and economics.
What do you see yourself doing after COA?I envisage myself working in the business and development field, and even doing an MBA in green business and social responsibility.
Student Spotlight: Juan Soriano | Lima, Peru
What was your favorite lesson/lecture/discussion/project at COA? Why?The "80 cent Aluminum Cans vs. $1.25 Plastic Bottles" discussion to find out why we switched to more expensive plastic bottles. I think it showed the community that small things matter.
What is your dream occupation?I would like to be in a position in which I could help small communities influence national and international policies.
Student Spotlight: Eliza Ruel | Kennebunk, Maine
What was your favorite lesson at COA? Why?My favorite lesson changes weekly - daily, even. Every conversation I have with faculty, staff and fellow students seem to feed into the next - as do lectures, discussions and projects.
What do you like to do when you're not doing school work?Gaze at the ocean from my window or from the lawn or from a trail in Acadia. I have long conversations with friends in TAB, cook interesting meals on weekends, and do projects for Campus Committee for Sustainability (CCS).
Student Spotlight: Eli Mellen | Arlington, VA
What talent do you wish you had?Musical prowess on par with Otis Reading.
What do you see yourself doing after COA?Perhaps teaching, or maybe continuing my education with a Masters...
Student Spotlight: Lisa Bjerke | Sweden
What do you see yourself doing after COA?Traveling
Have you had an internship?Yes for MDI Clean Energy Partners
Student Spotlight: Louise Kirven-Dows | Santa Cruz, CA
What is happiness to you?Happiness is being empowered, inspired, and at peace with myself. I create my own happiness internally, but I also rely on the people I am close to as a source of happy energy. I am at my best when I am with my closest friends and family.
Why did you choose to come to COA?I chose to come here because I wanted to live in a place that was really different than where I grew up. When I visited this school, I fell in love and didn't want to leave. I also thought at the time that Human Ecology was a really important lens through which to look at the world, and I knew that I could really apply myself to studying that discipline. Several years later, I still see Human Ecology as a really important way to think about agriculture, which is what I study.
Student Spotlight: Rachel Briggs | Honolulu, Hawaii
Why did you choose to come to COA?I chose to come to COA because I wanted to come to a school full of passionate people where I could learn to integrate and apply ideas. I wanted a small community and I wanted an adventure. COA has been all of those things.
What is your dream occupation?Write policy for an environmental NGO? Environmental lawyer? I'm still trying to figure it out.
Student Spotlight: Rebecca Hamilton | Whitefield, Maine
What is your dream occupation?Working for an international aid organization focusing on child malnutrition in third-world countries or being a search and rescue ranger out west OR being a rafting guide in Chile.
What are your ideas for your senior project? I want to travel around Central America, work in different clinics and schools and then write a book of short stories and poems depicting my experiences.
Student Spotlight: Kayla Pecor | Erving, Massachusetts
What has been your favorite class at COA? Why?Animal Behavior, because John Anderson pushed me to work hard and pursue interesting correlations between animals and humans.
What is your dream occupation?To become an M.D.
Student Spotlight: Katelyn Costello | Conway, New Hampshire
What is your dream occupation? I'm a dreamer, so I dream of doing everything. Mostly, I want to teach.
What is the motto you like to live by?"Do the best you can in the place where you are."
Student Spotlight: Margaret Stern | Houston, TX
Why did you choose to come to COA?I chose to come to COA because I wanted to be at a place that was small enough to know my teachers but that also offered classes in everything I am interested in.
What has been your favorite class at COA? Why?My favorite class at COA has definitely been Gardens and Greenhouses. It was a wonderful chance to be outside getting my hands dirty all while doing something I really love. The final project of designing a garden and devising a rotation scheme was so much fun and forced me to encounter a new kind of problem solving.
Student Spotlight: Caro Salazar | Ibarra, Ecuador
Have you had an internship? If so, doing what? Where? If not, what are your plans, if any, for your internship?I will work with a Spaniard NGO located in Ecuador called Cooperacion Espanola, and their project called PRO-ODM which is a branch of the World Development Organization.
Why did you choose to come to COA?Because of the option of building your own curriculum, which allows you to study what you actually like. And the small student population. Also, it was close to the ocean.
Student Spotlight: Carly Segal | Willits, Northern California
What has been your favorite class at COA? Why?I don't know, they've all been so good...maybe Physics II. I learned something completely new every single class, and it was all really useful for understanding how our electrical systems work. It was also just a lot of fun.
What are your plans, if any, for your internship?I have not yet had an internship. It looks like I am most likely going to be doing one this summer here on Mount Desert Island looking doing some wind power implementation with Dave Feldman and Anna Demeo. I will most likely do multiple internships while I am at COA. Hopefully, I'll also do some sort of agriculture/botany/herbalism internship and others that are completely unrelated.
Student Spotlight: Alice Anderson | Corvallis, OR
What do you like to do when you're not doing school work?I am an editor for Off the Wall, the student on-campus publication. That tends to take up a chunk of my extra time. Other than that, I enjoy rummy, sketching, and rolling around in the (sometimes present) sunshine.
Why did you choose to come to COA?I was really drawn to the academic setup. I like to have freedom and cater my interests into a set of courses that truly interest me. I did not want to get caught in a single track without the option of pursuing my multiple interests.
Student Spotlight: Michelle Klein | Mertztown, PA
What do you like to study?I'm a science geek, but I also love music. I like that I can meld the two at COA.
What is/are your favorite animal(s)?I like three-toed sloths, seals, sea lions, manatees, dugongs, anteaters, and cats.
Student Spotlight: Hale Morrell | New Hampshire
What country or state would you like to visit?I would love to go back to Newfoundland. It has a really interesting history, the people are friendly and the landscape is beautiful!
What are your plans, if any, for your internship?I will be doing an internship in the autumn with Maine Coast Heritage Trust. I will be conducting a biological inventory of an island in Maine.
Student Spotlight: Ginny Brooks | Western Mass & Kalamazoo, MI
What was your favorite discussion at COA? Why?I remember going to a panel about discussion-based teaching in the Ed. Studies room sometime during Freshman year. Karen Waldron, Candice Stover, and John Visvader all discussed their teaching methods and answered questions in their own unique ways and they completely blew me away.
What has been your favorite class at COA? Why?Literature, Science and Spirituality. This course left me with more questions than answers about the nature of knowledge and how we gain it. Plus, we got to read some amazing works.
Student Spotlight: Arwyn Sherman | Pebble Beach, California
What do you see yourself doing after COA?Teaching somewhere, currently I want to teach on the border of US and Mexico. Writing novels.
What came first, the chicken or the egg?Can I be exempt from this question because I am vegan?