Student Profiles


Ellie Oldach '15
Ellie Oldach '15
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
"For me, self-direction means doing things you actually care about."

Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler '14
Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler '14
Indiana, Pennsylvania
"My time at COA has made me more conscious about the politics of identity and more critical about my role in effecting social change, especially when it affects groups that I can't honestly call myself a part of."


Ursa Beckford '17
Ursa Beckford '17
Clifton, Maine
"A COA education isn't handed to you, it's something you do, something you engage in, and something that shapes who you are."

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.


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

Eloise Schultz '16
Eloise Schultz '16
New York, New York
I think that COA prepares us to be tender leaders. I'm able to take what I'm learning here and bring it out into other communities.


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."

Aly Pierik '14
Aly Pierik '14
British Columbia, 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.


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

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


Janoah Bailin ‘14
Janoah Bailin ‘14
Falmouth, Massachusetts
“People at COA do not force a concept onto the world, but look at it.”

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


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.

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.

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




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