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Ellie Oldach '15
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
"For me, self-direction means doing things you actually care about."
Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler '14
"My time at COA has made me more conscious about the politics of identity and more critical about my role in effecting social change, especially when it affects groups that I can’t honestly call myself a part of."
Galen Hecht '17
Santa Fe, New Mexico
"It was the words human ecology that hooked me; an integrated, holistic education with a flexible philosophy, a jaw dropping location, and a major that rolls off the tongue like butter."
Jessica Arseneau '18
Saint-Laurent, New Brunswick, Canada
â€œ'Ecology: Natural History' broke my preconceived ideas of what a classroom is. We learned from seeing and touching instead of hearing and writing and it was very refreshing."
Erickson Smith '15
Hyde Park, Massachusetts
There is no line between life and education. Education doesn't necessarily require sitting in a classroom.
Nathan Thanki '14
Belfast, Northern Ireland
At COA, there is self-direction with prods along the way.
Polly McAdam '14
"Self-direction means that rather than you having to conform to the rubric of a school, you fit the school into your own goals."
Aly Pierik '14
British Columbia, Canada
College of the Atlantic has given me a lot of confidence and drive. It has taught me that hard work can really pay off.
Yuka Takemon '14
In this community, people are really open-minded to everything and I appreciate that.
Khristian Mendez '15
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Human Ecology will be central to everything I do.
Janoah Bailin ‘14
“People at COA do not force a concept onto the world, but look at it.”
Zuri De Souza '14
The professors were so knowledgeable and open-minded to the direction of individual projects.
Lauren Benzaquen '14
Las Vegas, Nevada
I feel that at COA I had this permission to take these different courses that I've really been interested in.
Sussex, New Jersey
“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.”
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Last year I worked in Admissions working on the COA Newsworthy website and designing admissions material.
I admire people who have somehow helped others in their societies and personal contexts.