CANTON – Laci Lee, a 2006 graduate of the Hugh C. Williams Senior High School, received a bachelor of arts degree from College of the Atlantic on June 5.
As with all students at College of the Atlantic, Lee’s degree is in Human Ecology. This pursuit required her to create an independent course of study within an interdisciplinary curriculum, conducted with an eye toward understanding the relationship between humans and their environment—natural, social and built.
Lee, the daughter of Wanda and Mark Lee of DeKalb Junction, and granddaughter of Rolland and Anne Lee of Canton, focused on acting, improvisation and the business of art. Her senior project was a business plan for the improv theater she hopes to eventually establish.
Part of COA’s graduation requirement is to do a ten-week internship. In the fall of 2008, Lee served as an assistant teacher in the Acting I class at her former high school. She was assistant director of the play The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie and started an afterschool improv club.
During her time at COA, Lee spent a term in the college’s Yucatan Program in Mexico and another term at the Second City Training Center in Chicago to study comedy and improvisation. She volunteered at a local assisted living center, sang in the choir, wrote two business plans, dissected a seal, led a community improv troupe, participated in two plays, The Rivals and Arcadia, and she says, “learned that I need to help educate others to take care of each other and Mother Earth—every day should be Earth Day.”
She plans to continue her focus on improvisation and ultimately to go to graduate school to study the art. Of COA, she says that if you want a school where you can study rocket science, the guitar and child psychology—and figure out how they are all connected, “if you want to be able to go hiking, canoeing, or sunbathing in a beautiful national park between classes or on the weekend, if you want to be more than just a student, if you want to have every single one of your beliefs challenged, if you want to become a part of the town you live in, if you want your teachers to know who you are by more than your grades, if you want to learn and experience without limitations, then COA is the place for you.”
College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. COA’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate education—human ecology—is especially well suited to developing leaders in all sectors of society to address the compelling and growing human needs of our world.