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Student Profiles


Aly Pierik '14
Aly Pierik '14
British Colombia, Canada
College of the Atlantic has given me a lot of confidence and drive. It has taught me that hard work can really pay off.

Erickson Smith '15
Erickson Smith '15
Hyde Park, Massachusetts
There is no line between life and education. Education doesn't necessarily require sitting in a classroom.


Yuka Takemon '14
Yuka Takemon '14
Chiba, Japan
In this community, people are really open-minded to everything and I appreciate that.

Nathan Thanki '14
Nathan Thanki '14
Belfast, Northern Ireland
At COA, there is self-direction with prods along the way.


Polly McAdam '14
Polly McAdam '14
Springvale, Maine
Self-direction means that rather than you having to conform to the rubric of a school, you fit the school into your own goals.

Khristian Mendez '15
Khristian Mendez '15
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Human Ecology will be central to everything I do.


Lauren Benzaquen '14
Lauren Benzaquen '14
Las Vegas, Nevada
I feel that at COA I had this permission to take these different courses that I've really been interested in.

Jesse Karpinnen
Jesse Karpinnen
Finland
I admire people who have somehow helped others in their societies and personal contexts.


Zuri De Souza '14
Zuri De Souza '14
Pune, India
The professors were so knowledgeable and open-minded to the direction of individual projects.

Gabriela Niejadlik
Gabriela Niejadlik
Sussex, New Jersey
“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.”


Katie O'Brien
Katie O'Brien
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Last year I worked in Admissions working on the COA Newsworthy website and designing admissions material.