Getting here:

When I found COA on a college search site, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My mom and I booked a tour and drove eight hours to visit a little college in Maine. It was a gorgeous sunny fall day. As soon as we drove into the COA parking lot, I was shocked to see that there was a pigmy sperm whale necropsy happening right outside the Arts and Science building. At that moment, I knew this was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life.

Classes

Most of the classes I have taken have been marine science based to prep myself for a masters program involving marine mammals. However, I have also allowed myself to expand my horizons and take courses on music fundamentals, soundscapes, dreams, and religion. 

Favorite class:

Anything that has involved going out and getting my hands dirty (Marine Bio, Bio II, Marine Mammal, Oceanography, Ecology…) These classes have given me hands on experience that I am able to apply out in the job field.

Senior project:

To be determined

Life on Mount Desert Island:

For such a small island, there is a lot to do. From kayaking, hiking, to star gazing on the bar (Bar Island). I have been here for three years and still have yet to do it all.

Activities, traditions, celebrations:

Producing Windward News (COA Podcast), horseback riding on weekends, hiking, going on boat trips to Mount Desert Rock

Passions & motivations:

Orcas

Best meal on campus:

Midnight Breakfast at the beginning of week 10

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

You have many interests.