Getting here:

My story of how I ended up here is a pretty interesting one. I used to vacation here in the summer every year with my family and really enjoyed the Whale Museum that was run by the college in downtown Bar Harbor. When I was 8 years old, I picked up a booklet for COA and told my mother that COA was the college for me. When I finally began to apply to colleges COA was still on my list. I came to tour the campus and fell in love with the idea of human ecology and how everything at this school was so open. All of the other schools that I looked at had lists of classes that were required for you to take, and so many interesting classes that I would have been unable to take because they were not in the major I was applying for. I decided to come to this school because at this point in my life I should be exploring all of the things that interest me to find my passions, instead of limiting myself to a choice I made before I even knew what I wanted.

Internship:

Student teaching will be my primary internship, but I am hoping to be an educational intern in Acadia National Park during the 2016 season.

Senior project:

I am hoping to combine my passions for education, drawing, and marine biology by creating a marine biology coloring book for elementary students. This will draw upon so many things that I have learned in my time here at COA including local marine ecology, child development, and various drawing skills I have developed.

Passions & motivations:

I took a course here called Changing Schools, Changing Society as a part of my Ed. Studies journey and that really inspired me to make sure my students are caring towards eachother, the community, and the world.

Best meal on campus:

The best meal would definitely be Mac and Cheese with Savory tofu. It’s so good and reminds me of the the pasta my grandmother made for me growing up. The pita pizzas and smoothies at Sea Urchin are a close second.

COA might be the right college for you if...

…you are interested in a little bit of everything. I came to COA with so many different interests and things that I wanted to explore. I initially wanted to study marine biology but discovered that I wanted to become an elementary school teacher. Because I am here, I can still study marine biology while I work towards my teaching certification, as well as many other things. You can combine passions and really see how everything is interconnected, discover new things about yourself, and figure out what your definition of human ecology is along the way.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

I plead the fifth.