What Students Really Say About Farmington
So, why did you transfer to Farmington?
I when I first started looking at changing my major to Community Health Education, I saw on Farmington’s Web site that it had a good program. And it’s closer to my hometown, so I was able to commute. Transferring to Farmington saved me a lot of money.
Having attended another college, what else attracted to you to Farmington?
I liked that it was a little bit bigger than my last school, but not huge. In my classes here, I feel very comfortable to speak my mind and ask lots of questions. I like the way I can interact with all my professors here.
So you’re happy with your decision to transfer to Farmington?
Yes. I’m just a happier person. Here, I actually enjoy my classes — even the hard ones — which is a very different experience from my last college.
How did you come to choose Community Health Ed – School Health Education?
When I transferred here, I took a couple of Community Health classes and I absolutely loved them. I was told it was wise to add the School Health Education concentration because it would really open up career opportunities when you add that concentration. And I’m minoring in Psychology, too. I took a lot of psychology classes because the field really interested me, so it was natural to make Psych my minor.
What was your favorite class at Farmington?
I’d say a lot of my health classes. I’ve enjoyed almost all of them. They’re really interesting, and I’ve had a lot of fun with them. There’s a lot of hands-on learning that goes with them and I like that aspect, too. For instance, I have a Nutrition Exercise class right now, and every Friday we have a phys ed class where we learn to do different exercises. It opens you to new ideas and what’s possible out there.
Did any of your classes change your perspective or have a personal impact?
My first semester here I took, like, my first real health class and I just learned so much in that one class. It just made me change my views about health, and it really got me started in my major.
Do you live on campus?
No, I commute from Jay. It gets annoying when it’s snowing and stuff, but I have a lot of friends here who let me stay over if the weather is bad.
Has Farmington been what you expected?
Yes, it’s been fun. I actually wasn’t expecting it to be so close-knit because it seems like so much bigger than my last school. I kind of figured that Farmington was going to be more divided and stuff, but everyone here seems to get along. It’s been fun!
Any major surprises when you got here?
I actually didn’t realize there were so many artsy people here [laughs] so that’s been fun, because there are always a lot of cool things going on — all the time. It’s a very creative school, and it’s fun to see what other people come up with, and what they think is art. I didn’t realize that about Farmington.
What is your favorite part about being at Farmington?
I guess it would be the friendships I’ve made. That’s been one of the best parts. I’ve also had a lot of opportunities to do amazing things like attending national health conferences.
Do you feel Farmington is preparing you well?
I think so. I think that the professors I’ve had here have been really helpful in getting me where I want to go.
Have you done any outside-of-the-classroom projects?
With the Student Health Club, we’ve done a lot of projects with people and service agencies in the area community, so I’ve been applying what I’ve learned. It’s been fun. I’ve also been able to substitute teach on my days off with kids of all different ages. So, I’ve been able to incorporate everything I’ve learned in my classes.
Do you have a work-study job?
Yes, I work on-campus in Mantor Library, as a library aide. I work up front at the sign-out desk, helping people sign out books, stuff like that.
Do you ski, snowboard or hike?
I like to hike and stuff in the summer and fall. We kind of just go everywhere.
Do you participate in any campus clubs or organizations?
Yes, I’m the president of the Student Health Club and that keeps me plenty busy.
What advice would you give to a freshman or anyone who’s looking at Farmington?
I would say to get involved in campus activities, and clubs and organizations because it really helped me meet a lot of different people. Getting involved in the campus is a really good experience — it sure was for me.
What is your favorite memory of Farmington?
Oh my gosh, I don’t know if I could pick just one thing. I’ve pretty much liked everything I’ve done here. I’ve had some really great classes and I’ve met a lot of great people. So I don’t know if I could name just one favorite thing — I’ve done a lot of awesome stuff here.
What are your plans for life after Farmington?
First, I’ll student-teach and after that I guess I’ll decide what I want to do for a job. I’m still exploring my options, in-state and outside of Maine.
Would you recommend Farmington to a brother, sister or friend?
Yes, I actually did! Last year, I encouraged my sister to transfer here. I told her all about the place, that I really felt comfortable here. She came to visit one weekend and checked it out and absolutely loved it. So much so, she ended up transferring here, too! So Farmington got both of us! [laughs]
- Kristen Bisson
From Waterville, Maine
- Emily Baer
Double major: Art and English
From Brunswick, Maine
- Andrew Thompson
Double major: Music and Art
From Plymouth, Massachusetts
- Shawn Rogers
From Dover, New Hampshire
- Lesley Kittredge
From Mount Vernon, Maine
- Kristen Simoneau
Community Health Education - School Health Education
From Jay, Maine
- Shane Koski
From Auburn, Maine
- Renee Meserve
Early Childhood Education
From Westbrook, Maine
- Casey Myers
Early Childhood Special Education
From Winooski, Vermont
- Craig Nadeau
From Fairfield, Maine
- Michaela Hitchcock
Environmental Planning & Policy
From Springfield, Vermont
- Erica Austin
Double major: History and Geography
From Turner, Maine
- Alison Gerrish
International & Global Studies
From Portland, Maine
- Lisa Kittredge
Liberal Arts Undecided
From Mount Vernon, Maine
- Nate Burns
Double major: Music and Philosophy / Religion
From Wayne, Maine
- Genesis Burke
From Amesbury, Massachusetts
- Mary Beth Kirby
From Farmington, Maine
- Joel Hatfield
Secondary / Middle Education
From Palermo, Maine
- Courtney Church
Sociology / Anthropology
From Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- Emily Langton
From Manchester, New Hampshire