Getting here:

I always thought I was going to university in Denmark. But then, then I heard about COA. It was the environmental focus and commitment to sustainability that got me. I applied, and then deferred for a year to figure out what I wanted to do. During my gap-year it became more and more obvious to me, that I had to try it out. I decided to go to COA and stay if I was happy. I was happy, and here I am ready for my second year. 

Classes

I strive to understand climate change, climate justice, issues of energy, pollution, and the role of humans on Earth, from as many perspectives as possible. I take classes that focus on the environment and science such as oceanography, geology, and maths and physics of sustainable energy. I have also taken politics classes such as global environmental politics, hydro-politics, and international diplomacy. I am currently taking a class on national parks, wilderness, and the importance of nature to humans. I want to understand as much about the relationship between people and the Earth as possible. Human Ecology?

Favorite class:

I’d go for my favourite term. Last spring I had hydro-politics, oceanography, and physics of energy. During some of the weeks of that term, my entire life was about water. Human rights to water, worldwide use of water, the water in Frenchman Bay by our campus, water for hydro-power, the influence of hydro-power on populations, the role of water to the populations, and so it continued. I loved how all my courses interconnected and helped me draw connections and see everything I learned from multiple perspectives. 

Life on Mount Desert Island:

Mount Desert Island has become one big field site for me. I have studied the rocks on the island, the streams and waters, the history of indigenous people, the flora, the fauna, the ruins, the history of Acadia National Park, and wherever I go I can draw connections to classes, conversations, and continuously add to my understanding of this beautiful place.

Activities, traditions, celebrations:

I have been a member of the Campus Committee for Sustainability since I came to COA. Here I have planned Earth Day, engaged with other environmental groups and initiatives on the island, and have enhanced my understanding of the governance of the school. I really enjoy being part of the process of making decisions and learning how an institution works. 

Adventures yet to come:

The more time I spend here, to more eager I become to learn more about this place. 

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

you like being taken care of, taken seriously, having responsibility, and having an impact. If you want to be part of a community built on trust and on treating each other well. These are the things that make me proud of being a student at COA.