Student Authors

Hannah Thomas, Fall 2016

Hannah is a junior at Connecticut College (not UCONN) and a huge fan and employee of Mystic Seaport. She seems to like to keep things local, opting to spend her semester abroad in the town next to where she grew up. She is pursuing a major in American Studies with a focus in politics, policy, and society. She can usually be found eating or hanging out on a boat or the Seaport grounds, typically with a cup of coffee in hand.

Rachel Earnhardt, Spring 2016

Rachel was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina where she developed a deep appreciation for the blooming, buzzing natural world. She is a junior pursuing a double major in History and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University, just down the road. At Williams-Mystic, she is jazzed to be expanding her environmental awareness beyond simply the”green” to include the “blue!” Rachel would like to thank her housemate and fellow history & environmental studies double major Sarah Dohan (Middlebury ’17) for her expert and patient editing of all the blog posts.

Caitlin Stewart, Fall 2015

Rani Onyango, Spring 2015

Michelle Goyke, Fall 2014

Alexandra McInturf, Spring 2014

Alex is a junior at Williams College, where is double majoring in Biology & English while also competing on the women’s soccer team. She hails from Cincinnati, where she lives with her family and much-loved dog. Alex’s passion for the water began when she was young, both by Florida’s Gulf coast and on the lake in northeastern Ohio where she spent her summers. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in researching the behavioral ecology of sharks.

Bennett Walls, Fall 2013

Bennett is a senior at Oberlin College, where he is a history major. A dedicated devotee to the humanities, he is excited to add more academic experience in the scientific -ologies this semester.

Leah Feldman, Spring 2013

Leah is an English major and environmental justice/sociology minor in her junior year at Colgate University. She is captain of the club volleyball team, editor of the Colgate Literary Magazine, and an avid sailor. She enjoys creative writing, particularly non-fiction.

Anna Hopkins, Fall 2012

Anna is a junior at Williams College and is majoring in Biology and History. She is a coxswain for the women’s crew team and the co-founder of the College Buddy Program at an elementary school near Williamstown, MA.

Monica Torres, Spring 2012

Monica Torres is a junior at Williams College writing her way into a career.  She hails from Tampa, Florida, the land of sunshine, humidity, and hurricanes.  She loves the ocean, food, and feelings, which is why Williams-Mystic is perfect for her.

Stephanie Trott, Spring 2011

Steph is a third-year student at Bryn Mawr College, studying English and Creative Writing while also serving as editor of her school’s independent newspaper.  A proud Jersey Girl, her ancestral origin lies in the New Bedford area where her family has fished and whaled for nearly 100 years.  While at Williams-Mystic, she is hoping to learn more about herself, her Portuguese roots, and the history behind the faces in her family’s photo albums.

Christina Moon, Fall 2010

Christina Moon grew up San Francisco, CA with a view of the ocean from her bedroom window.  Yet Christina’s studies and extra-curricular activities have not been focused on the oceans.  She has studied ballet for the past 15 years, is part of her campus Fashion club and is an active member of her house council in her dorm. She is currently a junior at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA majoring in Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies, spending this fall at Williams-Mystic.

Amy Shmania, Fall 2009

Amy hails from Chapel Hill, NC, a rather confused region of the south where hippies drink sweet tea and eat tofu BBQ.  She attends Smith College, where she is a history major and spends her time rowing on the crew team and performing with the college’s improv group.  Amy enjoys dance parties (including, but not limited to, contra, interpretive, it’s-3am-and-we’re-going-0.2-knots-wind dances, etc.), exploring by bicycle and running shoe, and sitting on Carr House’s front porch with a cup of tea.  She is also a big fan of broccoli, overalls, autumn, and non-fiction.

Aislinn Doyle

Admissions Director


860-572-5359 ext. 2

Aislinn is a native New Englander and loves being by the coast. She recently returned from volunteering in the Dominican Republic and is looking forward to experiencing the seasons again. Aislinn graduated from the University of Notre Dame and has a Masters in Education from Harvard. She loves to read and write, and is currently seeking her MFA from Goucher College. Aislinn is a Williams-Mystic alum.

Nora Mattern

Admissions Counselor


860-572-5359 ext. 5

Nora Mattern graduated in 2007 from Lehigh University and went on to earn her M.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. Before coming to Williams-Mystic, Nora interned and volunteered at a number of museums, spent a summer working for a humanitarian agency in the Philippines, worked as an art history teaching assistant, and studied in Ireland. Because of her strong belief in the importance of museums as classrooms and the value of an interdisciplinary education, Nora is thrilled to join the Williams-Mystic team.

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