Having been on campus for two weeks, students enter a five-week academic period. The majority of time throughout these weeks is dedicated to diving deeply into place-based coursework in Marine Ecology, Environmental Art, Literature and Writing, Histories, Applied Mathematics, and Seminar, as well as engaging in the Applied Scientific Research course. Much emphasis is placed on drawing connections between each discipline, focusing on interwoven themes. This period of time sees much routine: morning exercise in preparation for the four-mile swim or half marathon five days a week; weekly community meetings; frequent Querencia sessions, a practice that provides students solitude and independent reflection time; a few afternoon blocks to build relationships with neighbors in the surrounding settlements; and Saturday night social activities. During this time period, students and teachers have mid-term meetings to discuss course progress and opportunities for growth, and Midterm Reports are emailed home.