Home away from home

Recently I faced the bittersweet reality of graduating from Bates College. During the past four years, Bates and the entire Lewiston-Auburn community had become my home.
As a lifelong resident of a small town in Aroostook County, I was somewhat nervous, four years ago, about moving down to such a big city. However, I was happy to find that my fellow Mainers here in L-A are characterized by the same qualities that mark what I have always appreciated about life in The County.
I want to thank the people of L-A for being so kind and welcoming to me and my fellow classmates throughout our time at Bates. While I have committed to teaching for two years in Boston through an organization called Teach for America, long term I am looking to move back to this part of Maine.
The lessons learned inside the classroom at Bates are very valuable, but Bates’ location here in Lewiston is one of the things that makes the institution so special.
Paul Suitter, Oakfield

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