An interview with student Jack Dehlinger

Posted on Wednesday December 17, 2014


 jack baking On December 16, we caught up with Residential Program student Jack Dehlinger in the Camden Campus kitchen, where he was baking cornbread and making his famous microwave recipe, Cookie in a Cup. We talked about books and gardening and more, and he shared his Cookie in a Cup recipe, which you’ll find below.  But first, more about Jack!

A Wayfinder Schools interview with student Jack Dehlinger, Camden

WS: What have you enjoyed most about your Wayfinder Schools experience so far?

JD: I’ve liked meeting all the new people and exploring living in a residential situation with people I might not have otherwise met.

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

JD: I learned all about Sea World and Orcas and how dangerous they can be, but a lot of their dangerous side comes from the way humans treat them and how badly we treat them.

WS: What’s your favorite class and why?

JD: My favorite class is probably reading, because the book we’re reading, The Things They Carried, is really wonderful. It has a theme of person versus reality that you don’t often see in most writing, especially these days.

What’s the favorite meal you’ve cooked so far at school and why?

JD: Boiled dinner with kielbasa, green beans, potatoes and carrots. It’s something I would always have at home, and cooking it for everyone here made me really happy. The kitchen smelled like home and I like associating that with this space.

WS: Where is your internship and what do you like best about it?

JD: I work at both Dream Local Digital and shadowing Dwight Collins at The Camden Herald.  What I like a lot about working at Dream Local and the paper is that I get to pursue something I want to do in the future, which is writing. I get to figure out how my skills fit in.  

WS: What’s been you favorite trip at Wayfinder and why?

I liked going to Boston.  It was really fun even though I didn’t really care for the Chinese food. I tried a lot of things but my tongue didn’t cooperate. We went to The Science Museum and it was my first trip with the whole group. It was really nice.

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

JD: I think working with Jeanne Hollingsworth at the Garden Institute. It’s really interesting to see a bunch of people using their knowledge that some people might think is obsolete in this day and age.  A lot of people don’t think gardening is a necessary knowledge anymore because of the ease of going to the grocery store, but to see someone so into it is really cool, and to help out with it.

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

JD: I’m hoping to attend college and to follow my many varying passions, especially writing, and learn more how to stay involved in the stuff around me.

WS: What kind of stuff do you like to write?

JD: I like to write poetry and fiction, but I prefer to read non-fiction.

WS: What’s a favorite book you’ve read recently?

JD: I read the book, Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws by LGBT advocate Kate Bornstein. I like people who can combine creativity and art and reaching out to an audience to help them by being an advocate.

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

JD: I’d like them to know about it because it’s so important so if there’s a young person who wants to be able to explore it, they’ll have that knowledge around them.

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

JD: That I am secretly a pink cloud.

Fourteen facts about you:

Where you were born: Rockland, Maine

Your favorite color: White

Your favorite food: Mozzarella sticks

Your favorite sound or smell: Cardamom powder

Your favorite hobby or thing to do in your spare time:  Roller blade

Your favorite possession: A necklace

Your favorite book or movie: The Tale of Despereaux

Your favorite snack: Cookie in a Cup

One place you’d like to travel to: Iceland

Something you’re proud of: My hair

Something new you’d like to try: Learning Russian

Who would play you in a movie: Ellen Page

Your favorite spot in Maine: Probably Snow Marine Park in Rockland

The one thing you’re most passionate about: Social Justice Issues

Jack’s Recipe for Cookie in a Cup

Put 1 TBSP butter in a mug and melt in the microwave

Mix in:

1 TBSP each white and brown sugar

2-3 drops vanilla

1 egg white

3 TBSP flour

Chocolate chips

Microwave everything for approx. 2 minutes

And there you have it, Cookie in Cup!