Getting here:

After an unsatisfactory search for colleges in my area, I found COA by researching “green” schools online that allowed me to study exactly what I wanted. COA was by far the best fit. 

Favorite class:

Philosophy of Nature (Heather Lakey) and Marine Biology (Chris Petersen)

My approach to human ecology:

Marine science + climate justice + philosophy + writing = human ecology

For me, human ecology means allowing myself to break from the confines of an ordinary degree and learn about what I’m passionate about through multiple lenses. Rather than punished, I’m praised for switching back and forth from a rational, scientific mindset to political, activist mentality to an empathetic, humanitarian frame. No one person defines a word or concept the same way. Along with science and environmental restoration, I’m interested in exploring the individuality of other’s “human ecology” and discover the different lenses humanity offers. 

Activities, traditions, celebrations:

After the life-changing experience of outdoor orientation in my freshman year, I decided to become an outdoor leader (currently in the sea-kayaking realm). I hope to continue eventually to the traditional skills program!

I’m also working this year as a peer mentor for the COA College Opportunity and Access (COA2) after a successful year as a peer in my freshman year. 

I love getting outdoor in Acadia or Frenchman Bay, but also kicking back and studying in the campus gardens or stargazing on warmer nights. I love COA’s story slams and dances, and I’m a big fan of spending time in TAB talking with friends. 

Passions & motivations:

I’m really passionate about climate justice, environmental restoration, and reformation of institutionalized systems. Currently, I’m looking to deepen my knowledge about the rapid temperature increase in the Gulf of Maine and the effect on populations, from phytoplankton to the lobster fishery to the whale watching industry.

Best meal on campus:

Definitely the tofu mac and cheese