Getting here:

I spent over a year looking for colleges outside of Maine and a professor I had in an Upward Bound program told me, “just look at College of the Atlantic, I think you will thrive there.” So that’s what I did, I took one step on this campus and fell head over heels with the opportunities, beauty, equality, and sustainability that makes COA so unique. I then only applied to COA and knew this is the place for me and I have never been happier with that choice. 

Classes

Writing Seminar 2: Argumentation.

Human Ecology Core Course.

Philosophy of Nature.

Nineteenth Century American Women

Anthropology of Food

Collaborative Leadership

Tutorial: Negotiating Educational Policy

Community Planning and Decision Making

Microeconomics for Business and Policy

Public Speaking Workshop

Tutorial: Qualitative Program Evaluation Methods

Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties

 

Favorite class:

Collaborative Leadership and Tutorial: Negotiating Educational Policy were both my favorite classes so far. They both taught me a lot about myself, what I am good at and what I need to work on. What made these classes stand out to me is that they both encouraged collaborating and listening to opposing sides. These classes taught me that in order to fix a problem, one needs to do less arguing and more understanding.

Life on Mount Desert Island:

The coast is beautiful and every site is picture perfect. The community not only within COA but also within the community of Bar Harbor is very inclusive and welcoming. Living here has showed me the importance of community and sustainability. 

Activities, traditions, celebrations:

I am a member of the Steering Committee as well as the Academic Affairs Committee. I worked in the Buildings and Grounds office before becoming a Resident Adviser and a tour guide. With COA’s participatory democracy I have been able to have a voice at the college that I feel I have never had before. 

Passions & motivations:

I am working to become a social studies teacher with a focus on political science in hopes to help make public schools a safer place for students of all race, color, or identity.

Best meal on campus:

Mac and Cheese is, hands down, the best meal on campus! 

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

You love diving into real world problems from many angles, or if you want to have complete control over your own education. You create your own experience and education here at COA. You get out into the world and work hands-on with the issues that you are passionate about. COA is full of students who want to change the world and make it a better and safer place. 

Ephemera:

You are a person, a student, a community member. Not a number.