A Sense of Place: Expedition 1

It’s a brave act to head out to a new place and, though we want to help make the transition smooth and fun for you, we know that there is a lot more orienting necessary to help you feel at home and ready to dig in.  Upon arrival, your first 2 weeks will be spent in something called A Sense of Place.

A Sense of Place (ASOP) is our two-week orientation to Sterling College. You’ll become familiar with the landscape, people, and natural world of northern Vermont. ASOP is a unique opportunity to begin to explore what it really means to live in community. You’ll get to know the people who live and work in this bioregion, and begin to understand the lay of this land.
You’ll participate in experiential and place-based learning, which will form the foundations of your Sterling College education. You’ll find meaning and connection in discussion. You’ll be inspired and challenged in both the classrooms and the field. You’ll have time to ask questions and find answers.
You’ll begin to understand what it means to cultivate a sense of place.

Campus Map

Sterling’s campus is made up of a few distinct areas: Upper Campus, Lower Campus, the Farm, and the Woodlot. You’ll find your way around in no time and discover some special spots to study, reflect, and enjoy life.

This campus map was drawn by Sterling College alumnus Jay Merrill ’02. It shows where all the residence halls are located, along with the main campus buildings, the farm and garden, and the town Common.

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Fear and the Lake Monster

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Stories in Chocolate

In this semester’s Nature Writing class, students are ever grappling with how we define the terms that describe our class. What is Nature? What is Writing? And how do these ideas…

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Catching Roots – Elizabeth Chadwick ’14

When I used to run, people would often ask me: “What are you running from?” As the mile markers would tick away rubber shoe to rubber track, I’d obsess over…

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