When I first came to COA, I knew that I wanted to study marine biology, and environmental science. With a degree as open-ended as human ecology, I was afraid to stray far from my world of lab practicals and hefty textbooks. However, after taking the core course with the theater teacher, my thoughts on this school’s flexible-education system quickly changed.

I came to COA to expand and strengthen my knowledge. Why should this be limited to one subject? Since then, I have taken marine biology, ecology natural history, chemistry II, intro to the legal process, and I am currently learning the piano! 

Favorite class:

Marine Biology is an incredibly hands-on (gloves on) class. If you are the kind of person who loves snorkeling in refreshingly cold Atlantic water, identifying slimy seaweeds and squishy inter-tidal organisms, dissecting deep sea fish or tromping through clam-infested mud flats, this is the right course for you. 


Life on Mount Desert Island:

Mount Desert Island is the most unique place. The trees are constantly changing colours, the park demands exploration, the night sky is always bright, and our little campus is in the center of it all. Bar Harbor is a quaint little town with the cutest dogs, the tastiest seafood, and the friendliest people. 


Activities, traditions, celebrations:

My best friend from India and I were convinced that the Atlantic was warm enough to swim in. We made it until Mid-November, before calling it quits. 

Passions & motivations:

Growing up on a farm, I have always loved animals, and exploring the outdoors. Seeing farmland lost to urban development has shown me the serious need to protect and conserve agricultural property, as well as marine and terrestrial ecosystems. In the future, I hope to find ways in which society can live within the means of our environment, and continue to appreciate all that the environment has to offer.

Adventures yet to come:

Passionate about marine science, I want to study the effects of ecotourism as well as anthropogenic sound on marine mammals. Over the next few years, I hope to receive my scuba diving certification, learn how to conduct biopsies and necropsies, see a blue whale, and visit Antarctica, New Zealand, Thailand, and/or Alaska. 

Best meal on campus:

The salad bar will blow your mind. However, as a strong believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I have to recommend the cafeteria’s homemade crunchy cashew granola. 

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

you’re adventurous, flexible, self-motivated, capable of tolerating the cold, and curious to explore passions that go beyond one specified major.