Getting here:

When I visited COA, I felt a personal connection I hadn’t felt at any other college.  At COA, it wasn’t a show– everything from the classes to the campus to the people felt genuine, and I instantly felt at home.  I remember waiting in the Admission Office when a student walked in and offered a scone he’d taken a bite out of to the student at the front desk.  I think there was some nut in it he didn’t like.  “Sure,” she said, and ate it.  I couldn’t imagine seeing that at any other college.  This was the place for me.  

Adventures yet to come:

This fall, I will be completing a residency in India that I designed myself.  For 10 weeks, I’ll study Hindi, be immersed in Indian culture, and explore issues surrounding the Kashmir conflict.  First I’ll stay in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, before traveling to Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.  I was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to fund my study abroad.  Though I know the experience will be challenging in many ways, I am really looking forward to beginning my advanced studies in my focus area of politics and economics.  Studying the Kashmir conflict will provide me background for a possible internship at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA next summer.  My study abroad will also fit perfectly with the work I’ve done starting the COA Council on Foreign Affairs.  I can’t wait to discuss the issues I encounter with my friends back at COA when I return!  

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

…you want to dig into your education.  At COA, we don’t just read textbooks and take exams. We dig into everything, guided by professors who challenge us to think differently, set our assumptions aside, and go deeper.  In economic development, we don’t take the models for granted, we read Ivan Illich and challenge the concept of development.  In politics of Israel, we don’t pointlessly debate two sides, we ask what it means for Israel to be both a liberal democracy and a Jewish state.  In Chinese philosophy, we don’t just attempt to understand ancient ideas, we dig in, questioning what it means to be human.  And these conversations don’t end when class is over.  Frequently, I find myself debating course concepts with classmates at the dinner table or in the common room.  A COA education isn’t handed to you, it’s something you do, something you engage in, and something that shapes who you are.  As Colman McCarthy wrote in The Washington Post, “If Plato were to return and take a professorship, I’d bet my copy of The Republic he would settle down to teach at College of the Atlantic.”