Getting here:

I was fortunate enough to attend Chewonki Semester School (now Maine Coast Semester) during my junior year of high school. That was my first real introduction to Maine and human ecology; from that point, there was no going back.


  • Biology: Form and Function
  • Conflict Resolution Across Cultures
  • Art and Science of Fermented Foods
  • Introductory French I & II
  • Advanced Composition
  • Photography
  • Fail Better: Writing Short Fiction
  • Linguistics, Language & Culture: Human Ecological Approach
  • Statistics and Research Design
  • Genocide, Resistance, Response and Reconciliation
  • Immersion Program in French Language and Culture
  • Linguistic and Cultural Identity in France

Favorite class:

Genocide, Resistance, Response and Reconciliation was the most challenging and rewarding class I have taken at COA. We engaged with hard questions and the harshness of our world; we learned how to care for ourselves and one another without shying away from the ugliest corners of humanity. 


For my internship, I worked as a research intern at the International Centre for Reproductive Health in Mombasa, Kenya. I worked on several specific projects dealing with PrEP scale-up among active sex workers and community empowerment for reducing the HIV burden. 

Life on Mount Desert Island:

The perfect balance of staggering nature and stimulating conversation. 

Passions & motivations:

Language, people, Earth.

Adventures yet to come:

This summer, I will continue studying Swahili with the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship in Tanzania. I spent the 2017-18 academic year in Kenya studying Swahili and international development through public health, and before that, I spent the trimester in France studying French language and cultural identity. I am excited to be back on the island for the end of my time at COA. 

Best meal on campus:

Salmon salmon salmon salmon 

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

feel comfortable paving your own way through your education.


During the first week of the first term of my freshman year, I jumped naked into Frenchman’s Bay with all of my housemates; bioluminescent plankton swirled up in the bubbles dancing against my skin. The ocean of MDI is no different from the sky.