Rolling Up Their Sleeves



Illustration by Leo Pando
Given a month to pursue academic projects wherever their interests took them, Colby students set out from Mayflower Hill during Jan Plan. A very random sampling:

Nine second-year Japanese students spent a month in Aomori, Japan, living with host families and doing internships and research projects on everything from massage to Japanese religions. Funded by the Freeman Foundation, the project was organized by a school superintendent in Aomori. The Colby students were featured in a three-quarter-page spread in the Daily Tohoku newspaper.

RUMBI SUNDIRE '04, from Zimbabwe, started taking German last fall. Determined to speed up the learning process, she took a German course at the Goethe Institut in Berlin. When Sundire, a mathematics major, returned to Colby, her German had improved so much she jumped ahead two levels.

KATE BARUS '06 did a Jan Plan in Nicaragua, studying women's health.

Four students worked for presidential candidates in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, doing everything from door-to-door canvassing to logistics. One, EMILY BOYLE '06, was Sen. John Kerry's driver when he visited Portland before the Maine caucuses.

MONTY HANKIN '05 did an internship with Malteser Hilfsdienst in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Malteser is a large national nonprofit organization assisting in all areas of society, from care for elderly to traffic accident emergencies. Hankin was one of several students awarded Linda Cotter Grants for Jan Plan projects.

An English composition class taught by Associate Professor NATALIE HARRIS focused on the Holocaust and, in turn, taught seventh grade students at Waterville Junior High School. Joint presentations and e-mail exchanges were highlights.