To sum up the first few days of my Chewonki experience, I might use the word crazy. As I’ve heard many people say, each meal seems like a new day. I’ve only been here 5 or so days, but already I’ve decided I don’t want to leave; I’m fairly certain I speak for just about everybody in Semester 51 at this point. Chewonki, to me, seems more like a family than a school. I, like many, am still trying to learn names, but regardless of whether or not I know what to call someone, I feel that I can talk to them about just about anything, which is both awesome and rare.
So far, I’ve learned about more stuff than I thought I could possibly absorb within 5 days. I now know how to work on a farm, find all my classes, wash the dishes with my friend-and-enemy the Hobart, disconnect my cabin from the grid, and make decent tea in five seconds or less; I already have stories of adventures I still can’t even think about without laughing. I have 41 friends I feel as though I’ve known my whole life. Sometimes we’re serious, sometimes we’re silly, sometimes we just want to sit in an ever-expanding circle and play guitar. No matter what we’re doing, I always feel as though I belong, which is incredible and, at least to me, brand-new. No matter what we’re doing, I’m always having a good time. Even activities that sound horrific or boring are the most fun I’ve ever had; harvesting potatoes was better than a comedy, farm chores at 6 in the morning are great, and even dead things in buckets have an entertainment value.
In all honesty, I was completely on the fence about applying to come here. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing, and I was certain I wasn’t cut out for semester school. Now, looking back, clicking the ‘send’ button was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I think everybody here feels the same way. I, like everyone, can’t wait to do everything Chewonki has to offer.
-Amelia Morrissey, Cape Elizabeth High School, ME