Semolina Schillberg (semester 57) is back at Chewonki for the summer, working on the Salt Marsh Farm for five weeks and then participating in the George River wilderness trip, a challenging five-week canoe trip through the stunning, subarctic terrain of Northern Quebec.
After leaving Chewonki last fall, Semolina returned home to New Zealand, homeschooling to finish up classes. After her time at Chewonki this summer, Semolina will be finishing up high school through another semester school program – the Expedition Education Institute. This roving four-month program will take her from Seattle to San Francisco in a retrofitted bus to explore the environmental challenges faced by communities and ecosystems there.
Semolina says that her experience at Maine Coast Semester definitely changed her trajectory as a student and a person. Her two biggest take-aways were learning how to talk, and learning how to learn – skills that have allowed her to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships with her friends and community at home and has empowered her take control of her education.
We look forward to spending the summer with Semolina, and to hearing about her upcoming adventures on the George River and the West Coast!