Getting here:

After realizing that a degree in chemical engineering was not right for me, I sought to find a more holistic, interdisciplinary, and self-directed education. I found that only eight miles from my home, at College of the Atlantic.

Favorite class:

Documentary Video Studio and Animation were both excellent, and completely changed the way I think about life and creativity. However, as a HUGE plant nerd, I also loved Trees and Shrubs of Mount Desert Island and Edible Botany.

Internship:

Working as the intern at the Wild Gardens of Acadia, a position provided by Friends of Acadia. I also spent a year investigating the phytochemical properties of the plant lemon balm through the project: Do Differences in Environment Yield Changes in Phytochemical Expression in Melissa officinalis? generously funded by the Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany, a grant from Garden Club of America.

 

Senior project:

I plan on carrying out a complete census of the macrofungi (mushrooms) of Great Duck Island from Spring 2017 through Fall 2017.

Life on Mount Desert Island:

I spend my winter days cross country skiing, ice skating, and sledding all over the island and throughout Acadia National Park. In the summer, I hike, bike, run, swim, and my personal favorite - hunt for edible and medicinal mushrooms.

Activities, traditions, celebrations:

When I get stressed I spin poi, a form of dance developed thousands of years ago by the Polynesian people of New Zealand. If you don’t know what it is, you may have to look it up as it is hard to explain in words. I do improvised LED light poi performances to music for COAs open mics, Community Show and Fandango. In my time off campus, I often do fire poi as well!

 

Passions & motivations:

Spinning Poi, Photography and Video, Plants and Mushrooms, Herbal medicine

Adventures yet to come:

I hope to begin to create a business growing and selling gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, medicinal plants and tinctures.

Best meal on campus:

Posole!

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

You want to foster a deeper understanding of the world around you.

Ephemera:

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