Semester 56 ended six weeks ago, but we still miss this remarkable group of students. They inspired us through their passion for learning, hard work, and fun–in and out of the classroom. Their many accomplishments will keep them present in our thoughts and contribute to the well-being of future semesters. Next fall and winter, the wood they chopped and stacked will heat students’ cabins, and crops from the seedlings they planted this spring will provide sustenance in the dining hall during Semesters 57 and 58. Through long and very full days, the 41 students of Semester 56 created and supported this community–their community, often in seemingly small but significant ways, such as volunteering for a sparsely populated dish crew or lending a hand to help our facilities staff, without hesitation, whenever they could. No matter the task, large or small, they took it on in a light and joyful manner.
They also reminded us not to be afraid to step beyond the familiar to try something new. They jumped out of bed at an early hour to do farm chores. They learned how to milk a cow and when to intervene during the birthing of a lamb. Many learned how to knit. Many learned to use a map and compass. Some sang with our a cappella group, the Decomposers, and a few of those had no previous experience with singing. They all had the courage to dive into the thick, dark mud of Montsweag Creek during the Mud Rove and spend 48 hours alone for their solos on Chewonki Neck. Their Human Ecology Capstones were an amazing mix of research and imagination, spiced with their determination to make a better world.
All the while, they built and nurtured relationships with each other, their teachers, and Chewonki staff members. So yes, we miss them. We salute Semester 56 and thank them for a wonderful and memorable four months!