The best thing about Bowdoin is the seemingly endless abundance of student organizations. Whether its the Outing Club, the Literary Magazine, the Film Society or an a Capella group, there something for every kind of person to get involved in.
If I could change one thing about Bowdoin, I would offer class credit for laboratory time (which is currently considered as extra course time, be it biology, chemistry, math or economics).
Bowdoin has a student population of about 1700, which is just right for me. You can get to know a lot of people well and still make new friends year after year.
When I say I attend Bowdoin, most Mainers smile and talk about an art exhibit or science conference they might have seen on the campus once. I grew up overseas, so most of my other friends had not heard of Bowdoin, or Brunswick for that matter.
Where I spend time on campus varies throughout the year. I always spend a good amount of time in the library and dining halls. When its warm, I spend a lot of time running, hiking, and reading outside. During the winter I spend a good deal of time in the pool, at hockey games, and in my own very warm room.
Brunswick is the best college town you can imagine. It has great food joints for dates. It has very close pizza delivery places (they will deliver pizza straight to your room) and movie rental places. Bath, about 15 minutes drive away, has a large movie theater and a large shopping mall.
There is a great deal of school pride (GO U BEARS). The polar bear mascot makes for some creative cheers and there is always a large student crowd that attends sporting events, cheering athletes on and singing along with the pep band.
An unusual thing about Bowdoin is its proximity to the Maine coast. You can bike to the ocean in a few minutes. While the nearest beach is about a 30 minute drive away, there are some beautiful walking paths and bike routes that are easy and great to go along.
An experience I will always remember is competing the Bowdoin IronBear mini-triathlon. Students, locals, and professionals all compete in a short swim, bike, and run centered in the campus and many Bowdoin students come out to cheer on their friends and provide them with water and food when they cross the finish line. You feel like you really belong to a tight community where everyone is excited and supportive of each other.
Students usually complain most about the printers on campus, which are abundant but prone to frequent break-downs. However, Bowdoin has a vigilant Information Technology team that usually fix problems quickly. Students will also complain about the winter cold, which is tough, but outdoor skating and snow ball fights make it manageable. These same students will complain about the heat in the Spring.