- Do you want a ride home?Overheard at COA
- No, I’m going to walk. I like looking up at mars and thinking “man…. there are robots up there….”
Nervous about Bar Island Swim. I can't swim.... well.
Please, don’t be nervous! Students aren’t pressured to do the swim, and even those who decide to take the boat out across the harbor to jump off (and swim back to campus) can ask for assistance from the safety boats. Everyone swims with a buddy, and it can be a great bonding experience! Anyone who jumps in the water off the boat gets a celebratory towel.
It’s definitely a very cold and fairly lengthy swim, so we always have a safety meeting beforehand. After the meeting, students can evaluate their swimming abilities/experience as well as test the chilly water.
From the website:
College of the Atlantic students mark the start of the school year by taking the plunge - not into stacks of books or piles of assignments, but an icy plunge into Frenchman Bay. The Bar Island Swim takes place the day before classes start and is a spirited celebration of the beginning of the academic year. While the brave (or are they crazy?) students, faculty and staff swim the quarter-mile [from] Bar Island, friends and colleagues cheer, work the safety boats, and hand out hot chocolate and warm towels to returning swimmers. The entire COA community then gathers for a cookout on the terrace overlooking the ocean.
To reiterate, the swim is completely optional, and many students choose to cheer from shore. And we’re not the type of place that will judge others for deciding to offer their support from the pier. The day closes with a huge cookout. Overall, it’s a great event to bring everyone together to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.
Conflict Resolution Across Cultures, taught by Gray Cox, studies the root meaning of conflict and how it’s presented in both personal and global settings. We examine instances of conflict resolution throughout history and question the different tactics used to handle varying levels of discord.
This term I’m taking Constructing Visual Narrative and two credits of my senior project. It’s been great to have a term full of creative projects and hands-on work. My senior project is titled, “Animal Figurines: Exploring the Personalities of Objects.”
- Adrienne Munger ‘14
[Wednesday night], the Japanese National Debate Team and “Team COA” (Kyle Shank ‘14 and Katie O’Brien ‘15) engaged in a debate on the topic of Nuclear Power. COA’s James Russell Wiggins Chair in Government and Polity, Dr. Jamie McKown, opened the debate with a few remarks about how debate is a valuable educational undertaking, and that more of it will happen on campus in the future.
COA’s Test-Optional Admissions Policy Validated by National Study
"At COA we value the learner in his or her entirety; we look for and nourish creativity, leadership, service, and thoughtful consideration of complex problems,” says COA president and alumnus Dr. Darron Collins. “As a college we’ve always felt such exams were imperfect metrics of success; this study brings that perspective into full focus.”
Few significant differences between submitters and-non submitters of testing were observed in Cumulative GPAs and graduation rates, despite significant differences in SAT/ACT scores. Optional testing policies also help build broader access to higher education: non-submitters are more likely to be first-generation-to-college students, minorities, Pell Grant recipients, women and students with Learning Differences.
Person 1: I always make cake for my own birthday.
Person 2: That’s not fair you have to give us a chance! I make great cake!
Person 3: I make great cake!
Person 4: I make great cake too!
Together: We all make great cake!
Final comment: I think the conclusion everyone will eventually come to is that no cake is as good as Person 1’s cake.
Overheard at COA
An example of how important birthdays are to us at COA. Clearly it is not uncommon for an individual to have multiple cakes on their birthday :)
Hi! I'm currently a junior in high school in South Florida (originally from Portsmouth, NH), and COA has really caught my eye! But what has got me worried is the extremely small size of the school (smaller than my HS graduating class). Is it so small that you feel everyone knows everything about you, or are there still new people you meet every now and then? Thanks!
Hello! Many students come here after graduating from much larger high schools. I came from a high school with about 800 students (230 in my class), and I felt we knew a lot about each other because we had grown up together. At COA, students are on campus for only a few years, and there are many transfers and visitors who add some variety to the population! Everyone is on a first name basis, so when students refer to each other, most folks typically know who it is, but I also felt there were many who I didn’t know “well.” Some of my closest friends would leave for a term, and then I might be gone for another term, so there were instances where I didn’t see some students for almost a year.
Current student, Eloise, shared some helpful thoughts a couple of weeks ago:
I haven’t had any trouble at all coming from an island as populated as Manhattan (1,600,000) to Mount Desert Island (about 10,400) because I feel that the size of my community has stayed about the same. I’ve found that most folks only end up forming relationships about 100 people in their immediate community, and COA is more than three times that size! On top of that, we get a little more than 100 new students every year, which is more than I could even begin to know at one time. So I never feel as if I’m in “too small” a community; rather, I feel like I have more of an opportunity to get to know my community members and to be known myself.
If you do have an opportunity to come visit when school is in session, I would highly recommend it. Seeing a school first-hand is the best way to get a sense of the place and find out if you’d feel at home here.
Best of luck!
Some shots of the fermentation fair
Student projects from the Art and Science of Fermented Foods class
Shout out to our recent Tumblr visitors!
BELLY DANCING CLUB – ACTIVE
Mission: This group is meant to offer students the opportunity to learn and practice belly dancing weekly (or twice weekly). A club will ensure consistency, proper costumes, group bonding and participation/preparation for community shows.
CHESS CLUB – ACTIVE
Mission: To create an environment where people can socialize and have fun played chess.
COA RUNNING CLUB – ON HOLD WINTER 2014
Mission: To build a community of runners, to raise money for charities important to club members through running in/hosting races
COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC QUIDDITCH TEAM – ACTIVE
Mission: Fun, exercise, Harry Potter. We are passionate about the ancient and wondrous sport of Quidditch, and wish to share with the COA community. An official Quidditch team will promote teammate camaraderie, healthfulness and a sense of magic on campus. In addition, with the existence of the International Quidditch Assocition, this team might, in time, lead to connections with other colleges and universities via friendly games with life-minded Quidditch enthusiasts.
EARTH IN BRACKETS - ACTIVE
Mission: Earth in Brackets focuses on being a platform through which youth, particularly COA youth, can become informed and involved in international environmental processes. As an on-campus organization, Earth in Brackets will be away to incorporate interested students from diverse academic backgrounds.
FIBER ARTS CLUB - ACTIVE
Mission: To meet regularly to knit, spin and weave together. We will host workshops to learn the basics of wool processing, spinning and weaving
THE GOOD FILM CLUB – ACTIVE
Mission: To establish a quality film club at the college. We will watch weekly films from around the globe, which have been recognized as artistically unique or historically important.
HULA HOOP CLUB – ACTIVE
Mission: To bring the community together to enjoy a fun activity. Also helps keep bodies in shape with a more enjoyable workout routine. It is also an opportunity to share skills and discover them, all using a circular prop. It is to help others manipulate their space and feel confident working with the energies within and around them. The goal is to allow everyone to see their potential and instill confidence by teaching a fun, experiential, experimental activity.
KAIZEN AIKIDO CLUB – ACTIVE
Mission: To practice and study Aikido
ONENESS MEDITATION – ACTIVE
Mission: Bringing happiness, gratitude, love and bliss into our lives through guided meditation and shared experience
POETRY COLLECTIVE – ACTIVE
Mission: To provide a space and community for students interested in developing the art of the spoken word.
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS CLUB – ACTIVE
Mission: To perform acts of kindness that brightens peoples’ days and temporarily alleviates stress. These kindnesses may be directed at individuals, randomly or intentionally, or at larger groups or the whole community.
SORE TOES – ACTIVE
Mission: To teach the joy of dancing with partners and community to allow opportunities for a common place to meet others who share this joy.
SPECTRUM – ACTIVE
Mission: To provide the COA community with a safe space to discuss pressing social issues and identities. When Spectrum started, the group focused strictly on the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community. These identities are still heavily discussed by Spectrum. However, today group members are widening the discussion to include a variety of additional important topics such as race, gender identity, women’s rights, and socio-economic issues. In fact, weekly discussions often include aspects of all of these subjects.
SPIRIT GROUP – ACTIVE
Mission: To bring COA awareness to spiritual opportunities. To allow students to explore alternative practices such as shamanism, healing methods, meditations, ceremonies/rituals and any practice in a safe, unified environment with other students. To allow for different vibrations that may heal ourselves and the world.
SPROUT – ON HOLD WINTER 2014
Mission: To provide an educational model of resilient and regenerative food systems on the COA campus
VEGAN/VEGETARIAN CLUB – ACTIVE
Mission: We are here to create a community for the vegan, vegetarian and veg-curious and build awareness of vegetarian and vegan issues in the greater COA community.
Mission: The purpose of this club is to make woodworking a reality at COA. Our hope is that with time and the success of this club, there is the potential for many varieties of woodworking projects, a functioning shop and a solid infrastructure.