Today I woke up at seven o’clock. It being a Saturday, I was able to sleep in about an hour. The only problem was I had still managed to sleep in a bit too much. Breakfast was in a half hour and I had to hand in my Natural History field journal before then. I rushed to get dressed, and I was soon out the cabin door. I ran to the bathroom and went through my morning routine, excepting the usual shower, which I decided to take later in the day. There were some students and Outdoor Classroom staff in the dining hall when I got there. I set my field journal on the designated shelf after making sure I had labeled and dated each species account properly and still had enough time to brew myself a cup of tea.
The biggest change I’ve encountered here at Chewonki hasn’t been living in a cabin with five other people. Nor is it Natural History field trips every Thursday. It is not eating meals with my teachers, or going canoeing on a whim on a Saturday afternoon. I have changed. We haven’t even been here four weeks, but it seems like forever. One day can seem like two or three. By Chewonki time, we’ve been here two months.
After breakfast I had dish crew. We discussed the activity we are planning for tonight over washing dishes. As I write this now I am eager to see my friend’s reactions to the evening we have planned for them. Each Saturday night activity is planned by a dish crew. My dish crew has spent the past few days deliberating over just what exactly we were going to do, but after meeting this afternoon it all seems clear. Each of us is excited and ready.
There are many groups here at Chewonki. Dish crews, chore partners, cabins, advisories, classes and others. One might think that cutting the student body into sections would divide us, but it doesn’t. It does quite the opposite. I don’t have any of my cabinmates on my dish crew, and there are people in my dish crew I don’t have any classes with. It is an interesting combination. There is no one you do not know, or aren’t comfortable around. I cannot wait for the rest of the semester.
-Kieran Hanrahan, Cape Elizabeth, ME