When Lucas Lam ’17 first visited Colby from Southern California, he wasn’t sold. But then he jumped into his first snowbank and promptly got stuck. “Some Colby kids dragged me out and I was like, ‘Wow! People at Colby are so nice,’” he said. “Then I started taking the visit a little more seriously.” He […]

Family Portrait

My grandmother loses her past in pieces, like baby teeth, waking in the morning to find she’s swallowed her granddaughter’s name, her son’s wedding, her husband’s funeral. At breakfast, she leaves her license embedded in a piece of melon, and before bed, she spits the front door key, bloodless, into the sink. But nothing grows […]

What Birds Tell Us

On a Monday morning during Jan Plan, Katerina Faust ’14 started her day with a walk in Colby’s Perkins Arboretum. There was snow on the ground, and freezing rain was falling. The temperature was 19 degrees. She placed a small plastic speaker on a mound of frozen earth and took out her notebook. “This will […]

Changing the Face of Science

Shamika Murray ’14 was a high-achieving science student from a big public high school in Philadelphia. But soon after arriving on Mayflower Hill she learned that Colby academics were at a whole new level. “I had a really tough freshman year,” she said. “Academically, I wasn’t ready for the workload. It was nothing like my […]

Passing the Test

Real-life accident challenges COOT leaders with worst-case wilderness scenario 

The Secret Is Out

More Chinese students choose Colby—and the liberal arts—over big American universities



They Can Play

At Colby, gay athletes are coming out—and helping to change the campus culture. Some, like champion sprinter Dominique Kone ’13, say the decision to be honest about their sexuality has made them better athletes.