I had been aware of COA since I lived an hour away in middle school. When it came time to choose a college I, predictably, wanted to get as far away from Maine as possible. After a year at Prescott College in Arizona, I decided I wanted a similarly structured school but closer to home. I visited COA and immediately felt in my element. I loved the palpable excitement and motivation that runs through the blood of every COA student.
My favorite class was the Hatchery, with Jay Friedlander, because it trained us to transform our idea into something very real. At the end of the 10 weeks constantly brainstorming and troubleshooting, I felt like I was ready to take something that had previously been a vague concept and introduce it to the market. I learned how to analyze every detail and measure it for success and like every great class at COA, what I learned can be directly applied to all aspects of life. Not only did Jay teach us how to be better entrepreneurs, he taught us how to be better world citizens.
I interned with a rapidly growing kombucha company in San Francisco. I helped manage social media, I practiced my pitch at sales events, I helped to organize a new brand ambassador program, I wrote blog posts, and I visited the headquarters to help with paperwork and quality control. I couldn’t have asked for a better company to intern with.
This is perhaps my favorite requirement that COA has. There is only so much you can learn about something before you just have to go out and do it.
Life on Mount Desert Island:
Life on MDI is simply spectacular. It is quaint and peaceful during the off-season and when the tourists start to come around, it is full of activity! How many colleges have a national park in their back yard?!