Wayfinder Of The Week – Justin!

Posted on Wednesday December 30, 2015


A Wayfinder Schools interview with student Justin Wordell

December 2015


WS: What brought you to Wayfinder Schools?
JW: My parents knew I wasn’t doing well in school so they started exploring alternatives for me. I heard about the Wayfinder camping expeditions and I looked up the website and thought it looked cool. I was extremely nervous on my first interview.
WS: What have you enjoyed most about your Wayfinder Schools experience so far?
JW: My career explorations placement. I was working at Erickson Fields and I learned so much about agriculture there. To be a farmer you have to be a farmer, a mechanic, a carpenter; you have to be good at math, weighing, selling. You’ve got to be a little bit of everything.

WS: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far this year?

JW: I had fun researching Guatemala for Global Thanksgiving. Guatemala is just 42,350 square miles, slightly smaller than the state of Tennessee, yet they have more than 13 million people living there. Global Thanksgiving was my first time public speaking. I was nervous.

WS: What’s your favorite class and why?

JW: Ecology Lab. In that class we get to go outside and explore, and we get to learn things while we’re doing it. Ian brought us to Tanglewood once; in that one class we learned about erosion, chipmunks, hibernation, eco-systems…

WS: What’s your favorite meal you’ve cooked so far at school and why?

JW: Shepherd’s Pie. We eat Shepherd’s Pie a lot around here! It was cool though because I used potatoes I got from Erickson Fields-Adirondack Reds-they’re purple and white inside, so we had purple and white mashed potatoes. It was really good.

WS: What’s been your favorite volunteer project and why?

JW: I think the Camden International Film Festival was really fun, but the one I liked most was selling raffle tickets at the art show. It was fun and we got to dress up. I got to wear a suit. We raised over 700 dollars for the school. It was so cool to help raise money for our school. I haven’t worn a suit in a long time. I love suits.

WS: What do you hope to get out of your Wayfinder Schools experience?

JW: I hope to get the experience of living with people, learning how to deal with people I’ve just met, creating a bond with those people and working with them to benefit everybody, not just myself, but everybody–staff and students the whole school.

WS: What are your hopes and plans for after graduation?

JW: I’m hoping to go to college. I’m trying to get into fall classes for mechanics. I’m also interested in audio engineering and music production. I’m saving for college, a car and a drum set.

WS: What would you like people to know about Wayfinder Schools?

JW: I’d like people to know that no matter who you are or what you’ve done, where you’ve been, whatever’s happened; staff and people here will care about you. You can always speak up and you’ll always be heard. It’s just a great place.

WS: What would you like the world to know about you?

JW: First, no matter who you are I’ll always care bout you and treat you with respect. And second, I’m going to try to get known for electronic music. If you ever hear about Justin Wordell musically in the future, it should be some pretty good stuff.

Fourteen facts about you

Where you were born: Taunton, MA

Your favorite food: Shepherd’s Pie

Your favorite sound or smell: The sound of the entire drum set

Your favorite hobby or thing to do in your spare time: Practice music, play any instruments– drum, saxophone, guitar, bass, piano, clarinet-anything I can get my hands on. In writing class we just learned bout iambic pentameter. Now I can use that in my music!

Your favorite possession: My Yamaha Pacifica

Favorite book you’ve read recently: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. It’s about the Vietnam War and it’s pretty in-depth. It affected me so much I drew a picture about it. I’ve been drawing a lot since I got here. I never used to draw, but now I like it.  I’m into history and politics and I knew a lot about Vietnam but I’ve learned some new things, too. We also had to research “Ten facts about Vietnam,” like they used duct tape to repair helicopter blades and they used superglue to prevent bleeding of wounds. It prevented infection, too, and worked well until you could get properly treated.

One place you’d like to travel to: Holland

Something you’re proud of: My parents

Something new you’d like to try: Skydiving

Your favorite band: I’d say my top genres are classic rock, smooth rock, hard rock and metal. I love metal ’cause of the drum patterns. If I could copy just one guitar style it would be a toss-up between the guitarist from Pantera–the greatest metal guitarist of all-time–or Jimi Hendrix. He could play with his teeth!

Who would play you in a movie: Jonah Hill

Your favorite spot in Maine: The top of Mt. Batty

Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving, because I get to spend time with my entire family.

The one thing you’re most passionate about: Music, definitely.

WS: Anything else you’d like to add?

JW: Happy Holidays to everybody!