A budding botanist

- Story about Ian Medeiros ‘16 in his hometown newspaper

smokesignalsbaking:

Blueberry brownies!

#coaalum

Does the school have a place to store bikes if I were to bring mine?

Anonymous

Yes! We love bikes!

They can get quite full, but we do have a couple of bike sheds on campus. There are also a number of bike racks.

Thanks to this internship opportunity, the veil between in-class theory and medical practice has been lifted for me. I have the chance to see firsthand what clinicians do, how they interact with patients, and the ways they work as a team. It is such a rare and fantastic opportunity. […] It is incredible. You see patients who come in for everything from bug bites to 40-foot falls off Cadillac Mountain, seriously.

Linnea Harrold ‘15 on her internship experience at Mount Desert Island Hospital

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are things at Coa harder for transfer students? like less financial aid? lower priority housing options? last to pick classes?

Anonymous

As long as transfer students adhere to the deadlines, it’s likely that they will have access to the same resources as first year students. Each year, transfer students make up about 20% of our incoming class.

- Financial aid should be the same whether you’re a first-year or a transfer.

- Housing: First-years are given priority for housing, but if a transfer student gets their housing forms in on time and a first-year returns their forms late, the transfer student will get priority. Many transfers elect to find housing off campus, but we often do have housing on campus for the transfers who want it. It really depends on how large the incoming class is versus how many rooms we have available. This will vary from year to year and is impossible to predict precisely because we don’t know exactly how many accepted students will decide to enroll at COA. We have a more accurate picture in May because that’s when we know how many students have enrolled.

- Classes: For the first term, transfer students register for classes at the same time as first-year students. After the first term, transfer students will register according to their credit standing.

What are the requirements of an education studies concentration? Is there a certain amount of courses you must take or a specific internship you must do in order to gain a teacher's certificate?

Anonymous

At COA you can work toward a teaching certificate in either elementary or secondary education. Here is a rough outline of the courses/requirements someone interested in teacher certification would fulfill. Once at COA, it’s important to work closely with the appropriate faculty to make sure you have all of your questions answered. Feel free to contact us at inquiry@coa.edu if you have more specific questions.

Elementary
- English, Math, Science, & Social Studies (courses credits per subject)
- Gateway course: Changing Schools, Changing Society
- Choose one: Femininity and Masculinity Go to School, Understanding and Managing Group Dynamics, Intercultural Education, or Negotiating Educational Policy
- Learning Theory: Child Development
- Exceptionalities: Supporting Students with Disabilities
- Integrated Methods I: Gr. K-4 Reading/Writing
- Integrated Methods I: Gr. 5-8 Reading/Writing
- Integrated Methods II: Math/Science/Social Studies
- Praxis I
- Formal Review
- Praxis II
- Student Teaching (may count as COA’s required internship)
- Final Review

Secondary
- Content courses (8 credits minimum of English Language Arts, Science, or Social Studies)
- Gateway course: Changing Schools, Changing Society
- Choose one: Femininity and Masculinity Go to School, Understanding and Managing Group Dynamics, Intercultural Education, or Negotiating Educational Policy
- Learning Theory: Adolescent Psycology
- Exceptionalities: Supporting Students with Disabilities
- Secondary Methods
- Curriculum Design and Assessment
- Praxis I
- Formal Review
- Praxis II
- Student Teaching (may count as COA’s required internship)
- Final Review

I'm looking at colleges and COAs meal plan really has stuck out to me. I've heard horror stories about the "freshman 15". From your experiences, is it likely that a new student will actually lose weight? You know, with COAs healthy food and all?

Anonymous

Every student’s body and eating habits differ, so I can’t speak to COA students’ weight changes as a whole. Weight gain has to do with the number of calories going into your body versus how many you use. For many, the “freshman 15” may actually be due to the greater freedom to eat more food/calories (as many college meal plans are “all you can eat”) rather than the type of food offered. Most colleges offer a variety of foods to choose from, allowing for many healthy options.

Going to college (and getting older) is about making more choices than you may have had to make in the past. Just because a delicious muffin is free of artificial ingredients doesn’t mean that it’s healthy. That said, there are plenty of opportunities to eat nutrient rich foods. And enjoy a tasty piece of chocolate cake for dessert.

Bar Harbor this morning

COA’s pier

Yuka Takemon ‘14 Coauthors paper with Jackson Lab Colleagues

ABSTRACT
We sequenced the complete genome of the widely used C57L/J mouse inbred strain. With 40x average coverage we compared the C57L/J sequence with that of the C57BL/6J and identified many known, as well as novel private variants. This genome sequence adds another strain to the growing number of mouse inbred strains with complete genome sequences and is a valuable resource to the scientific community.

I can force people to be nicer to each other by making very pretty, very distracting things. Maybe, sometimes.

lolmythesis:

M.Phil in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic

(Designing for connection, TL;DR version)

Should I pack camping gear (sleeping bag, sleeping pads, etc.) to bring to COA?

Anonymous

I take it you’re an incoming student? If so, I would definitely suggest bringing camping gear if you have room for it in your car/suitcase/shipped boxes. You never know when it might come in handy. Also, if you’re participating in OOPs (Outdoor orientation), you’ll want to have those items with you.Happy packing!

When will I find out if I was accepted to be part of the Fall Fly-In Program?

Anonymous

Hi there!

We plan to return responses to applicants in early August. We don’t have an exact date as we’re not sure how many total apps we will receive. Then, in August, we will work with Fall Fly-In’s to coordinate their October travel plans.

From Allied Whale (based at COA):

The stranding team had a busy day on Friday investigating a fresh dead minke whale in South Addison. Took measurements, blubber thicknesses to help determine body or nutritional condition, and skin and muscle samples for stable isotope analyses. This sub-adult female was in the tidal zone (which is huge up here near the Bay of Fundy). This, coupled with the dangerous footing around the whale precluded any necropsy. In fact, they were just completing the sampling when the first incoming tidal waves began splashing against the whale’s flukes. Working on its disposition!

(via COA student work selected by Maine State Museum)

The work by Hiyasmin Saturay, of Utrecht, The Netherlands, was chosen by museum staff for its “visual interest and accessible organization of information.” The series of five posters will be among those distributed by the Maine State Museum to schools, libraries, museums and other cultural institutions throughout Maine and beyond to create further awareness of Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives, a compelling exhibit pertaining to racial tumult in Maine in the early 20th century.

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