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.

Classes

  • 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. 

Internship:

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.

Ephemera:

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.