Student Spotlight: Aly Pierik '14 | British Colombia, Canada
I arrived at COA with an interest in medicine and public health. It's been really great to take advantage of the connections that COA has.
Student Spotlight: Erickson Smith '15 | Hyde Park, Massachusetts
Human Ecology is a perspective, not a discipline. It will remain incredibly relevant to my life because it is the way I will see the world. It has given me a habit of inquisitiveness, to question everything and not be satisfied with the first answer.
Student Spotlight: Yuka Takemon '14 | Chiba, Japan
This is a new field, and the people working in it are pioneers. It was awesome to be part of the frontier. It was a great experience and it was reassuring to know COA helped me get there.
Student Spotlight: Nathan Thanki '14 | Belfast, Northern Ireland
Earth in Brackets is the most rewarding thing I've been involved in at COA. We take our interest in politics and international relations of sustainability out of the classroom and actually apply it "in the field" at various UN negotiations.
Student Spotlight: Polly McAdam '14 | Springvale, Maine
My classes made me realize what I value. I've been able to follow threads between all my courses, and further explore one idea while learning something else.
Student Spotlight: Zuri De Souza '14 | Pune, India
The professors were so knowledgeable and open-minded to the direction of individual projects. They knew the difference between guiding someone and just giving them the answer.
Student Spotlight: James Crawford | Mystic, Connecticut
What is your dream occupation?I really love the water and boats. Sail training has always appealed to me, as well as marine logistics and salvage work.
What is happiness to you?Sailing on a full moon before a storm.
Student Spotlight: Shira Catlin | North Hampton, Massachusetts
Why did you choose to come to COA?...I also really wanted a school where I could follow my own path as learner and not be put into any "track".
What historical figure do you most admire?Abraham Lincoln totally has my vote.
Student Spotlight: Jesse Karpinnen | Finland
Why did you choose to come to COA?It was an excellent combination of things I wanted from a college. It was close to nature and not a mainstream school. COA considers all its students individuals, rather than part of a huge institutional machinery.
Do you work on or off campus? If yes, where?I work with the marine mammal research group Allied Whale. I mainly work with Humpback Whale identification, but occasionally in the field.
Student Spotlight: Gabriela Niejadlik | Sussex, New Jersey
What country or state would you like to visit?France, India, California and Oregon. I hope to travel as much as I can.
What is your dream occupation?An artist, a writer and a photographer. Some combination of the three would be great.
Student Spotlight: Katie O'Brien | Ann Arbor, Michigan
What do you see yourself doing after COA?Maybe going to grad school for fisheries, maybe travelling.
What is happiness to you?Being on the water
Student Spotlight: Marissa Altmann | Brookfield, CT
What is happiness to you?Happiness is self-confidence and the feeling of being supported and enjoyed by those around you.
What has been your favorite class at COA? Why?Mammalogy with John Anderson.
Student Spotlight: Rachel Briggs | Honolulu, Hawaii
Why did you choose to come to COA?I chose to come to COA because I wanted to come to a school full of passionate people where I could learn to integrate and apply ideas. I wanted a small community and I wanted an adventure. COA has been all of those things.
What is your dream occupation?Write policy for an environmental NGO? Environmental lawyer? I'm still trying to figure it out.
Student Spotlight: Rebecca Hamilton | Whitefield, Maine
What is your dream occupation?Working for an international aid organization focusing on child malnutrition in third-world countries or being a search and rescue ranger out west OR being a rafting guide in Chile.
What are your ideas for your senior project? I want to travel around Central America, work in different clinics and schools and then write a book of short stories and poems depicting my experiences.