Getting here:

I heard of COA when I was given a book award from the college in my junior year of high school for being scientifically driven. My best friend at the time told me about this college that wasn’t too far from home; this college that was small, and progressive, and eco-centered; this college that was nothing like home. I looked into COA further and it almost instantly became my top pick for colleges I wanted to attend.

I came to COA as a prospective student the fall of my senior year. At the time, I was buried in the closet, going by a different name and pronouns, and looking very different from what I look like now. I was terrified, excited, and so ready to go to this college so that I could finally be open about myself. That wasn’t, of course, my main reason for wanting to attend COA, but it was definitely in the top five. I met so many kind people, had a hilarious interview, sat in on so many interesting classes, visited the Dorr Museum (where I currently work), and got very, very lost on this small, small campus. I felt so at home on that weekend that it was already painful to say goodbye when the weekend was over. I returned to my hometown knowing that I had to get into that college. 

So I did. COA accepted me and I was ecstatic. Even before having my first day there, I was going through a bit of a roller coaster of adjustments (such as the major switch of going from a scientific academic focus to an artistic one), but once I had arrived, I truly felt at home for the first time. That definitely sounds cliche and dramatic, but it’s still true. Coming from a place where you don’t fit in at all because of who you are; who you love; what you love; and then arriving to what feels like a sanctuary full of people just like you…I had never been happier. 

COA is my second home.

Passions & motivations:

I want to make this world a better place through a revolution of love.


“I believe that imagination inspires nations. It’s something that I live by.”

- Janelle Monae