Chewonki Semester 55 kicked off with an assortment of group activities that enabled us to become oriented with the people and place that will become home for the next few months. Orientation activities started with a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt was done in dish crews, which allowed us to get to know the people we will be doing important dish room tasks and Saturday planning with throughout the semester.
On the farm we harvested 1704 pounds of potatoes and 5,000 onions. The farm work not only helped contribute to the greater Chewonki community, but also allowed all 60 of us, both students and faculty, to become familiar with one another. We all learned that it is very easy to have meaningful conversations when your hands are busy.
After a semester wide meeting on trust and the role it plays in our community, we engaged in high and low ropes course activities. Working together to solve the challenges helped us learn more about each other and even ourselves. The ropes course activities caused some of us to move out of our comfort zones, which is something that everyone will experience at some point during the semester.
We celebrated our first Saturday night at Chewonki by having our inaugural coffeehouse, which was a huge success. Students and faculty alike participated by dancing, singing, playing instruments, and performing skits. We can’t wait to see the various talents of our dynamic group evolve over the course of the semester.
We also enjoyed playing Frisbee, taking walks to the point, and utilizing the beautiful Chewonki waterfront all while getting to know each other better. It is safe to say that after the numerous bonding activities Semester 55 is ready to dive into classes and the many opportunities and experiences that come with being a Chewonki student!
-Sophie L., The Nightingale-Bamford School, New York, New York