When I started to think about what your typical day at Maine Coast Semester would be, my mind went blank. Every day here is a new and wonderful experience, one that I could never get back home. Even the week days are unique in their own way. Only on Mondays and Fridays do we have a full day of classes; on Tuesdays and Wednesdays we end classes at lunch time and have work program for two hours where we get to give back to the community by helping out on the farm, with maintenance, or in the kitchen. On Thursdays we start our mornings with a farm talk where we get to learn about the new things going on at the farm, and then after lunch we have field trip where we get to have a hands-on experience which helps us to understand what we are learning in our Natural History of the Maine Coast class.
The weekends here are even harder to describe. Saturdays we get to sleep in a little bit later and then we have something called “A Sense of Place,” where we have all sorts of different activities. Every Saturday night, a dish crew gets to plan the dinner and an activity, like last night we had a cookout then played “lap tag” and then did an iron chef competition for the best desserts. Sundays are our only free days. We don’t have brunch until 10:30 and then dinner at 5:30 so the rest of the day is free to do almost anything like go for a bike ride, take a walk to one of the points, or have a jam session on the porch of the farm house. One thing we do have every night, except Saturdays, is study hours and then check in at 10, except Saturdays it is at 11. Coming back to my cabin every night after study hours is probably my favorite time of day because that is when I get to hang out with my awesome Gillies family. As you can see every day here at Maine Coast Semester is so special because everyone is different and I cannot believe that the days here are coming to an end because everyone has made a difference in my life.
-Elizabeth Hogan, Atlanta, GA