When one graduates from college, the options of what to do next are seemingly endless. Some apply to jobs, some apply to graduate school, and others travel the world like Bay alum, Cole Stevens ‘12. Cole stopped by Bay recently to say “hello” to some of his favorite staffulty members and share art pieces of his impressive portfolio before heading off to travel the world for the next three months…although that could be extended as the return ticket has yet to be  purchased!

Cole, a recent graduate of Colby College where he majored in geo-science and studio art, brought several pieces of his work to Bay, including intaglio prints, relief prints, magazine covers, and paintings. He shared with us some of the methods that he uses for making linoleum prints, one of his favorite mediums. He calls the process, “problem-solving with design” as it takes him 20-30 drafts of cutting the block before he develops a design idea and is ready to print.

Literally hours after Cole’s visit to Bay, he boarded an airplane to start his next adventure: traveling around the world. His first planned stop is Thailand where he will take on a three-week volunteer position as an elementary school English teacher in the Maenam Village of Ko Samui. After that, he’ll continue to explore Thailand before heading to Bhutan. From there, he will take part in a mountaineering program in Ecuador, hike the Salkantay Trek in Lima, Peru and then meet up with his family in Bolivia before heading back to the States for the holiday break. In the spring, he plans to head out again to go hike the Appalachian Trail.

Alumni are an important and valued part of the Bay community and we love hearing about the diversity of paths they take after graduation and how their curiosity about the world and desire to make an impact on it continues. After traveling, Cole has promised to come to Morning Meeting to share with the community what he has learned from his global wanderings.

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