Semester 53 students arrived to the Chewonki campus just a week and a half ago. 41 eager high schoolers traveled from 17 states and 33 home schools to embrace new adventures, unfamiliar challenges, and an incredible community unlike any other. It is hard to believe that just nine days have passed since we all met amidst filing registration forms, waving goodbye to parents and siblings, and absorbing school rules, class schedules, and work program guidelines. So much has happened on the Neck!
Outside the admissions office windows, I hear students hard at work in classes that have taken to the lawns while the warm weather is still with us. Over lunches in the Wallace dining hall, students and faculty share thoughts on an upcoming assignment in US History or about their first science field trip to survey tide pools at Pemaquid Point. Karl, a seasoned tide pool observer, told us how exciting it was to discover new things in the pools; things he would not have noticed outside the class setting or without the chance to journal about the experience. Kaitlynn chatted about her latest work program in the kitchen and how much fun she and Ben N. had working with Bill, our amazing Chef and Kitchen Manager, sorting tomatoes for the meal we were now eating. It is amazing to see the pride the students take in their work in the classroom and the ownership they feel in building and helping to sustain our community.
Semester 53 students are forming fast friendships in their cabins, in their dish crews and work programs, and during OAP (Outdoor Activity Program). I enjoy watching unique personalities emerge as they continue to step out of their comfort zones. They are already enthusiastically taking risks – several learned to sail this past weekend while others are trying their hands at knitting, with Chewonki wool of course. Their energy is infectious! I can’t wait to see how each of them will continue to grow and learn in the months ahead.
I am also happy to report that this will be one of my only blog entries this semester as the students themselves will be taking over this weekend! They will share their stories, their class projects, their art, and their experiences here at Chewonki. We hope you will check back to hear from each of our 41 students before the semester ends!
Want to be part of Semester 55 or 56? Do you have a son or granddaughter who could be part of Semester 83? Visit our website for more information about the Semester School, to request a brochure, and to apply today.
— Alexandra Desaulniers, Admissions Associate