During my junior year of high school, we all had regular meetings with our guidance counselor to discuss our college options. In one of these meetings, she turned to me after some consideration and said, “You know Amber, there’s this one college that I don’t usually recommend to people, it’s a bit different than the typical university, but I think you would really enjoy it!” She explained the hands-on, expeditionary approach, and after some conversations with other teachers who had, to my surprise, heard of the small college by the ocean, they all agreed it would be a great place for me to study. After my acceptance letter arrived in the mail, I visited the school and felt the presence of small community and knew this would be a welcoming place to learn.
Ecology: Natural History
Geology of MDI
Problems in Painting
Philosophy of Nature
Introduction to guitar
Introduction to Statistics and Research Design
The Science of Comedy
Tutorial: Molecular Genetics Workshop and Research
Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory – extension of the genetics short-course
Trees and Shrubs of MDI
Tutorial: Advanced Analysis in Biology
Fail Better: Writing Short Fiction
Introduction to Contemporary Dance & Composition
Costa Rican Natural History and Conservation
Plants with Mettle: Live of Metallophytes
Introduction to Photography
History of Agriculture: Apples
Contemporary Psychology: Body, Mind and Soul
Costa Rican Natural History and Conservation was definitely an extraordinary course! The students traveled to Costa Rica for 17 days where we traveled to four different research stations and were given the opportunity to create and carry out our own research questions in a new and extremely different environment. Being able to travel to the place we had been studying brought a whole new life and meaning to what we had been learning in the classroom through readings and discussion.
I also really enjoyed taking Edible Botany, where my final project resulted in a website for future classes to use to help understand the material!
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I have had two very hands on science based internships while attending COA. The first was a fellowship at MDIBL after my second year, where I studied the decline of eelgrass in and around the Upper Frenchman Bay by looking at three specific stress genes. The second internship was after my third year back in my home-state of Vermont working with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies through their brand new internship – The Alexander Dickey Conservation Internship. Here, I hiked and camped for the first half, taking mountain top bird surveys to study population trends. The second half required me to drive around the state of Vermont to various ponds and lakes where I would kayak through the water observing loon behavior and nesting sites.
Currently in progress! I am studying the Population Genetics of Beavers, Exploring the Insularity of the Mount Desert Island to Maine’s Mainland Populations.