Would ya look at that

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A shortened version of a piece I wrote on research my group conducted and my deep love of the ocean while at Coastal Studies for Girls was published in a local magazine so that was pretty exciting. http://bangordailynews.com/2014/11/26/opinion/contributors/summer-memories-microplastics-a-duty-to-protect-the-ocean-from-our-throw-away-culture/?ref=comments

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A Whirl Wind

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This past week has been a whirl wind. We have been busy preparing our semester reflections which we presented today. There was an amazing array of different ways we presented our reflections. Some girls did powerpoints, or wrote a speech, or a poem, a spoken word poem, videos… The list goes on and on! It has also been a whirl wind of emotions. Excited to go home but so sad to leave. And so many lasts–solo, yoga, lunch, breakfast, sleeping all together in the bunk room–this list also goes on and on… 

Tomorrow morning is graduation. I can’t believe this is all over tomorrow.

I have to write a short post because the bunk room is also a whirl wind of commotion as we pack up! I sprained my ankle yesterday but I am going to try to be as helpful as possible. I will write more when I get home!

Catering for 700 People at the Maine Women’s Fund Luncheon

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Catering for 700 People at the Maine Women's Fund Luncheon

Today we helped set up, usher, and clean up after this fantastic event. It was incredibly inspiring to be surrounded by so many amazing men and women. Along with setting and cleaning up, I was part of the welcome crew–welcoming everyone and directing them to registration tables.
There was certainly a record amount of awesomeness in one room; 62 tables filled with amazing people. Wow.

53 Things I have learned at Coastal Studies for Girls

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1. Communication is often under valued

2. Morning runs can make any day rock

3. You can never eat enough fruit

4. Staying up until 3am reading a really good book is a great idea

5. You can never laugh too much

6. Never take yourself too seriously

7. Don’t assume another’s intentions are negative 

8. Brushing your teeth should always be a group activity

9. Spontaneous runs in the rain are always a good idea

10. Running in the rain on ice and slush can be fun

11. The journey is more important than the destination

12. You have more power than you think

13. A smile can make anyone’s day better; smile often

14. Notes of affirmation make everyone’s day better

15. Community service rocks

16. Feminism doesn’t mean you hate men

17. Eurocentrism is one of the worst problems in our education system

18. Semester schools will change your life

19. Find the good in hard situations and stick with it

20. Leadership doesn’t mean you have all the answers

21. Small changes make all the difference in the world

22. Cutting down on your sugar intake will make all the difference in the world

23. Sometimes you don’t need help you just need to try harder

24. Poetry rocks

25. Slam poetry rocks

26. Microplastics in our oceans is a serious issue

27. Drinking more water will change your life 

28. We would not be alive without the ocean

29. Ocean acidification is a very real issue 

30. Aquaponics also rock

31. The Bold Coast Trail is one of the most beautiful places on earth

32. Reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard will change your life 

33. History class doesn’t have to be boring 

34. Taking time for yourself will change your life

35. Silence is rarely as bad as it seems

36. Wonder Circles will change your life

37. Your body language says a lot more than you might think

38. Stress is your body preparing your for action

39. Reading more will help you in every area of your life

40. Eating outside is the best

41. There isn’t poor weather only poor clothing choice

42. You are capable of more than you think

43. Yoga in the morning will always brighten your day 

44. Hiking is always a good idea

45. Your outlook on a situation has a huge impact on its outcome

46. Doing something outside your comfort zone will help you grow more than you thought possible

47. Muskrats have their own genus

48. BAM (beauty appreciation moments) will brighten your life

49. Taking a self defense class will change your life

50. Volunteering at a soup kitchen will change your life 

51. Covering your wall in little happy things will help you keep your negativity in check

52. Getting letters in the mail is one of the best things ever

53. Watching TED talks will change your life  

 

I could have written more but the pile of homework is starting to scare me; I have so much homework to do but I also really wanted to write this blog post so I did. Now that I’m finished I guess I should get crackin’ on the pile of homework staring at me. 

Have a fantastic week!! 

The Day has Arrived

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The Day has Arrived

It was wonderful to see almost everyone time at Banff last night, what a great show. This morning I leave on the 1 hour and 28 minute journey down to Freeport. The endless days of packing are now over. All the last minute items have been added: toothbrush, hairbrush, stuffed bear, and my pillow. As nightmarish pictures of standing outside in the rain with no rain coat, or cold nights with no warm socks filled my head, I ran around the house again to make sure I had everything. When I finally felt there was nothing left to forget, I held my breath as we carried out my five packed bags. As I walked out the door for the last time, I felt joy and tears both at once, but what filled me most was gratitude. Gratitude to my friends, teachers, my school counselor, and my family for their endless support, and even the people I didn’t know who supplied me with some of the various items I needed. What a glorious, spontaneous, crazy journey this has been. I cannot wait for whatever lies ahead!