Getting here:

I found COA through a brochure that the school sent me. I was about to throw it away but the logo on the back caught my eye. I loved the explanation of how each symbol stands for a different piece of the environment and how the logo is a circle because we’re all connected. I guess COA caught my heart right then. I was hooked.


So far, I’ve taken Marine Biology, History of Photography, and the Human Ecology Core Course. Marine Biology was an incredibly challenging and rewarding class. It definitely made me realize that the marine sciences are where I want to focus my time at COA and beyond.

Favorite class:

Marine Biology, definitely. It pushed me to expand my comfort zone and allowed me to get out in the field A LOT. Plus it taught me to say “Chondrus crispus” really fast.

Life on Mount Desert Island:

The fall colors are amazing!!! Especially from the top of one of Acadia’s peaks!

Activities, traditions, celebrations:

The Bar Island Swim was fantastic. I can’t wait for next year. I also love Open Mics because it truly shows how diverse, talented, and supportive COA is.

Passions & motivations:

Sexuality and gender equality is huge for me. As well as environmental degradation, especially in relation to the ocean.

Best meal on campus:

The Mac & Cheese. Hands down.

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

you love to interact and make change with passionate people who truly care about their work. 


Sitting on the rocks by the dock after a difficult lab practical. Perfect for recharging.