The town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is a classic Maine coastal town, a former hub of fishing and boating that has since transformed into an idyllic tourist haven full of nautically-themed shops, seafood restaurants with catchy-sounding names, and street upon street of perfectly manicured, New England coastal homes. At the end of a beautifully wooded road, a left turn up a hill and a sign lead into the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. This facility is one of the foremost marine science labs in the country, home to over 80 scientists, from post-grads to Senate board advisors. A new facility, with multiple laboratory wings, a working seawater suite, a research vessel, and shore lab are just some of the amenities that myself and the others in the program are exposed to. In addition to the experts who teach us each one of our classes, we also have the opportunity to work on an independent project one on one with a research scientist. We develop an idea within the broader scope of one of their studies, and they help us to design, propose, and execute it over the semester. This experience is incredible, as no other class that I would have taken at Colby would expose me with such authenticity to the processes of hands-on lab research, sample collection, or proposal writing in the field of marine science. Not only is the lab a state-of-the-art facility, but it is hidden far down the coast in East Boothbay, which, as the summer draws to a close, is shifting from a warm, bustling tourist haven to a sheltered explosion of color as the leaves change and the people leave. This opportunity has given me much appreciation for the experiences I have been exposed to, and rekindled my excitement of both marine science, and learning in general.