Post-Semester Opportunities

What do students do after completing a Kroka semester program?

Now, she has arrived! In more ways than one. She left for the winter wilderness of Vermont 5 months ago, an acorn in one hand, an axe in the other, a 50 lb. pack on her back, awkward wooden boards strapped to her feet. She has skied, trekked, climbed, camped, caved, paddled, rowed, hiked, and biked. She has covered 600 green-mountain miles self-powered and has consumed up to 6000 calories a day. She experienced a hundred-degree range of temperatures, plunged full-bodied into icy Canadian waters, and skittered across the undulating range of the Catamount Trail. She has stared up intimidating inclines and tumbled down a few too-speedy descents. She has wrestled with and rescued a loose canoe while fighting the rush of chilly rapids and the numbing encroachment of hypothermia. She has stroked a rowboat in fog and sat silent in the deep darkness of an indigo cavern. She has contemplated and journaled while fasting on a 36-hour solo. She has gathered, to begin each day and to conclude each night, in the company of 12 other remarkable students, sharing their creative minds and adventurous spirits, building a thoughtful, caring working community.

Collectively, these experiences have transformed moments of situational self-doubt, physical discomfort and bone-burrowing fatigue into anchored pride, a unique sense of self, a love for her bare feet in contact with earth, and interwoven her with her semester mates in rich and meaningful ways. She has done all this on her own, and yet rarely alone, always supported by her comrades, her instructors and the positive vibes of her family, friends, and medical team from afar. It seems like she’s taken the long trail on the way to Middlebury, spiraling around and towards it’s beckoning epicenter, more than ready and capable to tackle her next journey nestled in its academic hub beginning in September. To see her, to be with her, is to witness an extremely developed and integrated sense of self and purpose, not to mention the strong, muscular limbs!

'15 Vermont Semester Parent Reflection

Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina is attended by many Kroka graduates. The College offers a $4,000 annual community engagement and leadership scholarship ($16,000 over four years) to semester graduates whom we are able to recommend to them.

College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine offers a $10,000 scholarship towards annual tuition for all Kroka semester graduates whom we are able to recommend to them.

Quest University in British Columbia, Canada offers a $5,000 scholarship towards annual tuition for all Kroka semester graduates whom we are able to recommend to them.

Sterling College in Craftsbury, Vermont, along the route of our Vermont Semester Program, offers a $10,000 scholarship towards annual tuition for all Kroka semester graduates whom we are able to recommend to them.

Other Schools attended by Kroka semester graduates:

Colleges/Universities

  • Bates College
  • Bennington College
  • Berea College
  • Binghamton University
  • College of the Atlantic
  • College of Worchester
  • Colorado College
  • Cornell University
  • Dickinson College
  • Emerson College in England
  • Evergreen College
  • Goddard College
  • Greenfield Community College
  • Green Mountain College
  • Guilford College
  • Hampshire College
  • Ithaca College
  • Johnson State College
  • Kenyon College
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Macalester College
  • Marlboro College
  • Middlebury College
  • Montana State University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Northland College
  • Oberlan College
  • Prescott College
  • Reed College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • River Valley Community College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • Southern Vermont College
  • Sterling College
  • St. John’s College Santa Fe
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Maine
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Vermont
  • University of St. Andrews in Scotland
  • Warren Wilson College
Other Kroka semester graduates who are not ready or do not wish to attend college have continued on to some of these possibilities:

  • Folk High School in Rissa, Norway
  • Apprenticeships at Kroka, Nahual, Koviashuvik, Mahoosuc Guide Servive amongst other great places
  • Counselors in camps throughout the US
  • Apprenticeships and traveling work opportunities at organic farms throughout the USA, Europe, and New Zealand
  • Other semester programs such as SEAMESTER, Chewonki, NOLS, Outward Bound, Expedition Education Institute, and LEAPYEAR.
More information may be found on Off-Trail Learning