Getting here:

Arriving at COA was especially beautiful since I came in during the winter, and on the way here I got to see snow for the first time ever in my life. It was magical! Although it did wear off a bit since then, I still get happy every time we get a snow day.

Classes

Piano, Writing Seminar I, Introduction to the Legal Process, Learning a Language on Your Own, Voyages and Gender, Nature and Politics in Folk and Fairytales.

Favorite class:

There are a couple classes that I am taking this spring that are simply great. Voyages is a literature class focused on the idea of voyaging, and we explore the most amazing books. I also love that there is a writing component to it, and the in class reports of the students’ voyages are always amazing and heartwarming. 

Another class that I am taking is Gender, Nature and Politics in Folk and Fairytales of the World. The discussions on this class are always interesting and challenging, and fairytales can be as awful as they can be enchanting. It is interesting to see different versions of classic tales, as well as it is impressive to look into the deeper meanings that they have. The professor is amazing, and one of my favourite members of the faculty.

Life on Mount Desert Island:

Coming from a such a large city like Sao Paulo, coming here was a huge change. I absolutely adore MDI and Bar Harbor specifically. The people are very nice and friendly, and I love being able to bike around without fearing about my safety. 

Activities, traditions, celebrations:

Brunch morning! Nothing makes me happier than the vibe at Take a Break on a Wednesday morning. The food is delicious, healthy and plenty. 

I also love weekend community dinner at my residence. It is lovely to get together and talk about our weeks and thoughts. It truly makes it feel like a home.

Passions & motivations:

Humans amaze me in all ways. From cultural practices to personal journals, I am interested in the human experience, its sense of meaning and belonging, as well as the complete opposite.

Adventures yet to come:

My hopes and dreams vary from being a professor, writing books and adopting many children to opening a bookstore/cafe that would be decorated with tokens I accumulate from backpacking through the world alone while writing about it. So anything and everything can happen really.

Best meal on campus:

My favorite thing to do is eat at Sea Urchin. The sandwiches are delicious and so are the cookies and smoothies, and I love the cafe vibe that it has. There is also a new chai that is honestly perfection. 

COA might be the right college for you if...

You know what you like but also want to know more than just what you need.

Ephemera:

An ephemera of COA: good weather. Nothing is perfect and everything is perspective, anyway.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

The whole point of a dichotomy is for none of the options to be completely right. Right?