You went to class, saw your friends on the Quad, watched the flowers bloom, and — if you’re three particular Bates seniors — you broke out the old inflatable flamingo for a late-morning float on Lake Andrews.

And if you were lucky, it made @BatesCollege Instagram. Here are the 10 photo posts from Short Term with the most likes.

1. Are they coming or flamingoing?

“Flamingo? More like “flaming-stay” as we’re staying out here all day to soak up as much sun as we can during senior week!” . — Ben Roop ‘18, James Erwin ’18, and Nate Stephenson ‘18 enjoy a leisurely late-morning float on Lake Andrews. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) #batescollege #flamingo #pink #spring #bates2018 #seniors #beingsofbates #maine

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2. A ‘platform commensurate with talent’

Striking in design and program, Bates College announces state-of-the-art science building embodying our vision for science education and research at the college. . Breaking ground in 2019 and opening in 2021, the new building promises to drive the evolution of science education at Bates and accelerate faculty collaborations across various fields that epitomize 21st-century science research. . “This building will be transformative for Bates,” says President Clayton Spencer. . “Bates scientists are already doing first-rate work, pushing out the boundaries of knowledge across multiple fields and preparing the next generation of scientific innovators and leaders. This new building will give Bates’ students and faculty a physical platform commensurate with their talent and ambition.” . #batescollege #newbuilding #announcement #science #STEM #openness #collaboration #liberalarts

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3. Lake Andrews by day…

Crystal clear on May 1 at Lake Andrews. (Phyllis Graber Jensen//Bates College) #batescollege #may1 #spring #lewiston #maine

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4. …And by night

The view that keeps on giving: Lake Andrews at dusk. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) #batescollege #spring #dusk #sky #cloudformation #puddle #reflections #lewiston #maine

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5. Guided along

Warmth and friendship go hand in hand. We see a little of all of that in these frames from today. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) #batescollege #spring #warmth #friendship #maine

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6. A rainy blossoming

We’ve waited for it, and now, here it is. The colorful magnolia tree has blossomed outside of Hathorn Hall. A little precipitation only enhances its allure. . Ask Olga Revzina ’18 of Bethesda, Md. “Short Term is a time when you want it to be really warm,” she says. “Then there are these times when it rains, but it’s still really beautiful.” . (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) #batescollege #spring #magnolia #lewiston #maine (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

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7. Oh, those spring nights

May 8, 8:44 p.m.: A door on Hathorn Hall is framed by a magnolia tree. Photo captured using a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and a 13mm lens, ISO: 200, aperture: 16, shutter: 8 seconds. . At 7:52 p.m. on a Tuesday, the smell of fresh mulch lingered in the spring air as the sky’s deep blue slowly faded to black. . In this and the next two twilights, Bates photographer Theophil Syslo set out with a camera and tripod to capture spring life. See the frames he made on campus, highlighting the change in season. . (Theophil Syslo/Bates College) #batescollege #spring #blooming #magnolia #lewiston #maine #batesatnight

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8. A strong force from the north

Cold Front @bates_coldfront, the Bates women’s club Ultimate team, is headed to Division III nationals for the third straight season! . Cold Front co-captain Katie Hartnett ’18 (left) of St. Paul, Minn., and Libby Masalsky ’18 of West Warwick, R.I., participate in a team practice yesterday on Garcelon Field. . They’re off to Rockford, Ill., for the weekend of May 19–20 to play against the best of the best. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) #batescollege #ultimate #ultimatefrisbee #nationals #gobobcats

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9. Happy Earth Day!

“These are all goodbye songs with a happy twist.” . — Alisa Amador ’18 of Cambridge, Mass., sharing the microphone with Nick Sergay ’18 fo East Greenbush, N.Y., as they perform with The Baccalaureate Band on the Library Quad during an Earth Day celebration sponsored by Dining Services and the Sustainability Office. . Various student musical ensembles performed during the May 16 event that included a barbecue, electric car rides, home garden seedlings for purchase, baby farm animals, and a bicycle repair area. Students, faculty, and staff gathered to enjoy a beautiful day and each other. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) #batescollege #sustainability #maine #music #beingsofbates

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10. Hot pink and cool green

Hot pink joins green on the Historic Quad. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) #batescollege #spring #lewiston #maine

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