Getting here:

I first came here two years ago in 2015 during a summer trip called Islands Through Time. I found ITT through random chance and a really helpful school counselor and teacher. This program really made me realize that this place is exactly what I love with the food, the teachers, the students, and the environment (both physical and social). The only thing I wish that people told me even before I knew what college I was going to is that my first school that I attend does not have to be the only one I attend. That I can transfer easily between schools and that is not a bad thing. I realized this when I met all of the transfer students around me and realized that your decision is not finite. It is not a contract. 

Classes

It is only the second term of my first year so the list is limited

1st Year Fall Term

Human Ecology Core Course

Organic Chemistry 1

Introduction to Guitar

1st Year Winter Term

Organic Chemistry 2

The Anthropocene

Biology: Cellular Processes of Life

1st Year Spring Term

Biology: Form and Function

Communicating Science

Learning a Language on Your Own

Favorite class:

I am really loving Communicating Science because I finally understand how to improve my writing without having to worry about symbolism. The straightforward and literal nature of the class and subject works perfectly for me and I am seeing real improvement in my own work.

My approach to human ecology:

Investigate, Improvise, Improve, Inspire. 4 easy steps.

Internship:

Nothing yet, but I am looking at doing an REU at the Chicago Field Museum in Evolutionary Biology.

Senior project:

I have no clue. Ask Again Later

Life on Mount Desert Island:

This place has been so far very enjoyable. Even though I have not gotten out more, I still really love the fact that our world is its own little slice that has one bridge on and off of it. The fact that I can walk to town also heavily impacts my love of this place as it allows me to never need a car while here.

Activities, traditions, celebrations:

Open Mic

Outing Club Hikes

Beyond the Whale Skull

Bar Island Swim

Passions & motivations:

Evolutionary Biology, Natural History, Ecological Science, Exoplanets, etc. I am interested into many topics

Adventures yet to come:

5 years: Graduate School?

10 years: Field Research somewhere

Bucket list:

  1. Watch a Rocket Launch live
  2. Watch the Summer Olympics live
  3. Watch the Winter Olympics live
  4. See a Total Solar Eclipse at Sea
  5. See the Aurora Borealis
  6. See the Aurora Australis
  7. Watch the Serengeti Migration
  8. Watch a Maori War Dance Live
  9. Celebrate Holi in India
  10. Celebrate Chinese New Year in China
  11. Attend Carnival
  12. Attend Diwali
  13. Go to the Whispering Wall in Australia
  14. Go to a Whispering Gallery
  15. Visit New Zealand
  16. Visit the Chicago Field Museum
  17. Visit the Grand Canyon
  18. Time the Eruption of Old Faithful
  19. Visit Yosemite
  20. Touch a Giant Redwood Tree
  21. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef
  22. Visit the Great Wall
  23. Visit Machu Picchu
  24. Visit Every Continent
  25. Visit the Large Hadron Collider
  26. Hike Mt. Kilimanjaro
  27. Visit Bioluminescent beach in Australia
  28. Visit Bioluminescent caves in New Zealand
  29. Visit Germany
  30. Live in a Different Country
  31. Go Skydiving
  32. Ride the Vomit Comet
  33. Observe Magnetic Oxygen in person
  34. Observe Liquid Helium in person
  35. Finish a Homemade D&D Campaign at Epic Level
  36. Go Bungee Jumping
  37. Fly in a Helicopter
  38. Run a Marathon
  39. Go Parachuting
  40. Go Gliding
  41. Sit in an Anechoic Chamber
  42. Fly in a Hot Air Balloon
  43. Go Cliff Jumping
  44. Go Ziplining
  45. Learn to Ride a Bike
  46. Sit in a Sensory Deprivation Tank
  47. LARP

Best meal on campus:

The ravioli is to die for. I absolutely rush back to get seconds every time they have made it and will try to be the first in line if I know that is what we are having for dinner.

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

you are not at all sure about what you wish to do, but know that you want to explore your options and want to experience a very diverse range of people and their own experiences. This school is truly for the open-minded individual and somewhat also for the introvert and shy person because the community here is so supportive that it allows all kinds of people to just be themselves and be accepted.

Ephemera:

There is the best bench by the seaside behind Seafox, it is the perfect place to just read a book.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Why do we still ask this question? It is obviously the egg. Organisms have been using eggs long before there ever was anything we call chickens have existed.