Meet our Wayfinders: An Interview with Opportunity Farm Residential student Faith McQuatters

Posted on Tuesday January 27, 2015

faith xmas tree  A Wayfinder Schools interview with student Faith McQuatters, Opportunity Farm

WS: What brought you to Wayfinder Schools?

FMc: I applied last year and deferred, but I feel really good about coming this year. I feel I’m in a place to succeed and focus on my schooling. I wasn’t really going to school because of personal things, but I want to go to college so I knew I needed to get my diploma somehow. I live on the same street as the school in Camden so I met with Joseph (Residential Program Director Jospeph Hufnagel) and it really clicked. I felt like it was the program for me.

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

FMc: The warmness, for sure. Everybody treats me like family. A lot of people here haven’t really had that experience in their lives, and I’m not sure we all would’ve found each other in public school, but we’re all here together, connecting with each other in a diverse learning culture.

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

FMc: I’ve learned to identify wild mushrooms and I’ve learned animal tracking.  Forest stuff, I love forest stuff!

WS: What’s your favorite class and why?

FMc: Poetry and creative writing. I’ve always loved poetry and creative writing. I feel like in public school I didn’t get the chance to love it the way I do here because the classes were so large.  Being able to bounce ideas off students and teachers in a small group is great.

WS: What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

FMc: Oh, that’s hard. I read a lot. I love reading. I read Rebecca recently. It’s a classic. I really liked it. 

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

FMc: I made Reubens last week. I love cooking Thai and Korean food but Reubens were my favorite because everyone seemed to really like them and that was really cool.

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

FMc: My internship is at The Memorial Elementary School and I like it best because I have time to give the kids the attention they need. I was in trouble in elementary school a lot–jumping on desks and getting sent to the office. You want to be able to give kids the time.  And I like singing with them because they all sing along!

WS: How did you get into music?

FMc: I’ve been singing since I was a toddler; I’ve always wanted to be a singer. I recently started playing guitar and ukulele and I’ve been in a few different bands—an all female punk band and a few blues/rock/folk bands, but mostly I write my own music. I’m hoping to record some of it someday.

WS: What kind of music do you write and what inspires you to write?

FMc: Indie-folk, bluegrass, blues, funk-folk, punk music sometimes. Everything and everywhere I go I’m inspired to write. From art to the smallest, most ordinary things…even icy sidewalks…literally everything inspires me to write.

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

FMc: Definitely the trip to Acadia to go rock climbing. I wimped out, but it was so beautiful. Looking out over the ocean and seeing everyone rock climbing. It was beautiful.

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

FMc: I liked working with AmeriCorps stacking wood. It was cool. The pile was immense and there were 40 or so people all moving together. It was so cool to work with so many people on a common goal. It felt really wonderful and it was fun.

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

FMc: Some personal direction, a deeper understanding of self and obviously my high school diploma.

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

FMc: I want to go to college and my number school is Evergreen in Washington State. I want to study Feminism in Literature, Music and Art History.

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

FMc: I feel like a lot times alternative high school gets labeled as an easy way out, but I’ve gained so much knowledge here. A deeper understanding of subjects and introductions to things I’ve never heard of.  I’ve learned skills you can apply to real life, to cultural and social relationships, to core academics. Being here isn’t just so I can get the piece of paper-it really represents something.

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

FMc: Rock and Roll

Fourteen facts about you:

Where you were born: South Paris, Maine

Your favorite color: Indigo

Your favorite food: Tofu Pad Thai

Your favorite sound or smell: Rain

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

Your favorite possession: I own a lot of vintage hats. I like hats a lot.

Your favorite book or movie: 1984

Your favorite snack: Peppers and Hummus

One place you’d like to travel to: The Redwood Forest

Something you’re proud of: My work at The Memorial School

Something new you’d like to try: Hang Gliding

Who would play you in a movie: Zach Galifianakis

Your favorite spot in Maine: Maiden’s Cliff in Camden

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