Early Start, Big Finish

Four years later, Zheng leaves Ahmad’s lab and Colby not only as an exemplary biology student and highly skilled researcher but also as the class marshal, graduating with the highest G.P.A. in the Class of 2020. “He’s been awesome,” Ahmad said. “There’s no other way to describe it—the kind of work ethic he brings, the […]
Saduo Dangui ’20

Shifting the Spotlight

In the Driver’s Seat RaQuion Braxton ’20 is no stranger to the stage. A singer and actor all his young life, he had a clear vision for his college career: a focus on musical theater. He could have attended a conservatory, but he chose the liberal arts. And he chose Colby. Braxton spent equal parts […]

Burn the Bridges?

  To those on many of Maine’s small islands, it does. For us year-rounders, the island is not only our home, but a refuge from traffic, city life, and crowds. Spruce Head, for instance, has a meager year-round population of 200, with the lobstermen heading out on their boats each morning and others driving onto […]

Tattoo Research Leads Deeper into Filipino Culture

It was in this seminar that the idea for Gonzalez’s Charles W. Bassett Prize-winning research began.  Gonzalez’s research focuses on the visual and aesthetic Kalinga style of tattoos native to the Philippines. These tattoos are created in batok style; batok, in Tagalog, means “to hit, to strike.” It involves a “single needle taken from the […]
Torsten Brinkema '22 in front of Colby Museum with his t-shirt designs

Teeing it Up

Six months later, Brinkema continues to push his company (he recently participated in a statewide pitch competition in Maine), which grew out of his frustration with the lack of appreciation of his artist peers. He remembers thinking during a museum visit in his hometown, Minneapolis, Minn.: “Well, the stuff that I’m seeing right here is […]

Growing Awareness

“I was like, ‘oh my God, I want to do this, like let’s make this an event,’” said Heisler, a biology major with a concentration in neuroscience and an anthropology minor, who wants to work in mental health. Planting “Hope Gardens” is an initiative of the Yellow Tulip Project, a Maine-based NGO founded by a […]
Handwritten card at Lunar New Year celebration

A Taste of their Home

Coming Together Inside, the first to arrive were already filling up their plates with signature Chinese dishes: vegetable egg rolls with plum sauce, sweet rice dumplings with red bean paste, and Sichuan spicy boiled fish. White and red parasols hung above the food. Red lanterns and fu (福) signs livened up the walls for good […]
Regina Martinez '20

Moving North and Finding Answers

Martinez had a sinus infection. She and her mother were at the doctor’s office in Juarez, Mexico, across the border from their home in El Paso, Texas. As they left the office, an email arrived informing of a status update on her college application. She hurriedly clicked on “Status Update.” The announcement loaded and said, […]
Claire Mepyans '19

The Path to the Front Lines

“It’s like trying to explain how most things work,” said the senior from Fairfield, Conn. “It’s a combination of math and critical thinking … and our professors push you to try your hardest.” This passion and determination led Mepyans ’19 to be the first student selected for a new internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) […]