"We went to Bailey's Island in Harpswell in the afternoon to study the diversity in tidepools. A fellow classmate noted that experiences like these bring out that 'And to think I could be in a classroom right now' mentality. Not much compares to being able to peer into the water, pick up a snail and say, 'It's a common periwinkle, specifically Littorina littorea.' For someone who didn't know any of the species' names, I feel very accomplished already."
Mariah, Pioneer Class Student
"The support that we all feel emanating from one another is truly amazing. We are blessed to have come together like this. I feel like I have known everyone for a long time."
Abigail, Pioneer Class Student
"Every morning we walk down towards a big field with a fantastic view of the ocean and sit in silence for 20 minutes. I’ve just been thinking. Even after just a few days the ocean is having a tremendous impact on me. The way the wind creates tiny waves in the ocean reminds me of a changing past and forward movement. A faded backdrop to the north is like a disappearing past and new beginning. Today in Humanities we reflected on the question 'Where am I?'. I’m here, learning about who I am, the environment, and quickly overcoming a little homesickness."
Tamieka, Pioneer Class Student
“Not only have I learned that you have to step up to be a leader, but you also have to step down. You have to listen to everyone’s voices. Take a look at the amazing girls around me. If my voice was the only one heard, I’m sure we’d have some problems with our group dynamics.”
Ayla, Pioneer Class Student