Brunswick, ME
Bowdoin College


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Brenna
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I think that the inflexibility of course selection is probably the most difficult thing to deal with at the college.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I think that the inflexibility of course selection is probably the most difficult thing to deal with at the college.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It's not always the most enjoyable part of the search, but I strongly recommend taking a good look at the academics that are offered at the school and meeting with the professors and administrators at the school. Even if the school has a great reputation for academics, it's important to make sure that the school offers the things that you are interested in. Also, it was very helpful for me to make a list ranking everything that I was looking for in a school such as extracurriculars, academics, financial aid, study abroad opportunities, etc. There are enough schools out there that there is going to be one that offers everything that you need without having to make compromises. It's your education. Not only did you earn it by being accepted, but you'll also have to pay for it, so you shouldn't have to compromise.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish that I had looked more into the courses and majors available at the school. There is a large variety, but since it is a small school, many of the departments are quite small and there is not a lot of flexibility for course selection in a lot of majors. Also, the distribution requirements are also very strict and get in the way of other classes.

Jenny
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Even after ample research through the internet, guide books, and visits to colleges, it is quite impossible to know whether a...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Even after ample research through the internet, guide books, and visits to colleges, it is quite impossible to know whether a specific college will be the right fit. I never got the hunch that my school was "it", but based on what I wanted from a school ranging from class sizes to financial aid, I made my decision and have never regretted it. Most people are adapatable to their environments if they tried, so ultimately, it is the attitude you use to approach attending that chosen school that is the most important - a school may seem perfect during the visit, but may not be exactly so once the student is immersed in the academic and social environment. Yet, it is how the student seeks and strives for what they want in their college experience, and how they make the best out of their college experience that makes the biggest difference and becomes the most memorable.

What kind of person should attend this school?

someone who likes small classes where there is a lot of discussions and attention on you and constant contact and access with professors. Students should like a very academic environment and small close knit communities. you'll be in a pretty isolated surburb with enough to do, but will lack access to the big city, so if that is not something you're used to, be prepared for a new experience.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

someone who does not like attention on them during classes, who want s to have large classes and wants to be in a big city. Someone who does not like being in cold temperatures.

Christopher
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's small town Maine feel, it's lack of greek life, and the level of academics taught there.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's small town Maine feel, it's lack of greek life, and the level of academics taught there.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who likes nature, the cold, hard academic work, a lack of fraternities and sororities, and small classes.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First impressions are often correct, but they aren't necessarily the best way to judge something. The day I visited Bowdoin, it was raining hard, it was cold, and I don't remember anything particularly exciting happening. That may in fact be the best way to describe the entire experience as well. However, I would never go back in time to choose a different school. Bowdoin is slow paced, and far enough away from a city to feel connected to nature, while still being a day trip away from some of the East Coast's biggest cities. So, don't weigh your first impressions of a college too heavily. At the same time, first impressions are powerful, and if there is one thing that I can say without a doubt made my college experience the best that it could be, it was this, "ignoring the general education requirements". A liberal arts education is about finding out who you want to be, and learning how to remake yourself should you end up being something different. Explore your interests first, and you'll be surprised how many of the general education requirements get done while you are doing so.

Chris
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I have always disliked the lack of lawn space on campus aesthetically. Also, the price tag is quite high.

J.
What kind of person should not attend this school?

Bitter, almost-Ivies with chips on their shoulders and the perception that "compromise" is a four-letter word. Anybody too in...

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Bitter, almost-Ivies with chips on their shoulders and the perception that "compromise" is a four-letter word. Anybody too intensely devoted to a particular aspect of an education- be it intellectual, social, or emotional, and is therefore stilted by their own resistence to the enviroment.

What kind of person should attend this school?

High-Betas and Low-Alphas open to the experience of college as a developmental exercise on top of an intense learning experience, and who are willing to engage both the faculty and their peers intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

An openness to the "experience" of college divorced from specific expectations of that experience.

Courtney
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Bowdoin emphasizes academics, and students are very committed to extracurricular and athletics on campus.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Bowdoin emphasizes academics, and students are very committed to extracurricular and athletics on campus.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The "right" college is not about applying to the highest-ranked or toughest-to-get-in to school. It is about looking at everything, from the academics, to the food, to the sports and other things that you will spend time doing on campus. You might find that the cultural groups on campus, or the library facilities, or the food are among your most important priorities. I would remind students that you can be happy at almost any school, and finding the "right" school is about finding yourself and understanding will make you a happy student for the next four years of your life. Parents, if you are helping your child pay for school, then your job is to find out how compatible your son or daughters top choices are with your financial situation. Getting into the school is only half the battle, and make it clear to your son or daughter that you will do the best that you can in helping them attend the school if their choice, but that they may need to keep their minds open to make this decision the best one for the whole family. Good luck and don't stess.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

You shouldn't attend Bowdoin if you are looking for a metropolitian party school, or if you don't take your academics seriously. While Bowdoin is a liberal arts school it had core requirements from a broad range of subjects, so don't go to this school if you want to focus only on your major. If you like warm places, don't go here. However, if you enjoy the outdoors and see the cold weather as an opportunity to ski, skate, and make snowpeople, Bowdoin a good place for that.

Forrest
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Friendly, hard-working, and enthusiasic.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Friendly, hard-working, and enthusiasic.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Providing great opportunities and small class sizes.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Speak with professors and students because they make up the heart of the school. There are innumerable opportunities if you seak them out.

David
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is very friendly, academically challenging, and environmentally friendly place.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is very friendly, academically challenging, and environmentally friendly place.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit colleges and attend college that feels right for you.

Nora
Describe the students at your school.

Mostly good, overcommitted, preppy people who like to drink, work hard, and don't talk much in class.

Describe the students at your school.

Mostly good, overcommitted, preppy people who like to drink, work hard, and don't talk much in class.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Relax. The idea of a "right" college is stupid. There is no way that you will know what college will be right until you go. The process is stupid and not worth getting worked up over.

What's unique about your campus?

Quality of life--the food is amazing, the housing is pretty great, the support systems are impressive.

Genna
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Bowdoin is known for the strength of its academics and the quality of its alumni. Its acceptance rate is one of the lowest...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Bowdoin is known for the strength of its academics and the quality of its alumni. Its acceptance rate is one of the lowest in the country and it is generally presumed that a Bowdoin graduate will be successful after a grueling four years here. Especially in the past few years Bowdoin has been praised for its work in improving campus sustainability as well.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you or your child can cut it academically at a school, then don't worry about the finances. The price tag of that degree may be high but it's priceless; moreover, you may qualify for a substantial amount of financial aid. Many expensive schools have great financial aid packages and paying for that prestigious education might be easier than you thought. College ought to change how you think and view the world. You might not know it right off, but a good college should not only engage students academically, but challenge them to think about social, ethical, and environmental problems and prepare them to contribute to the outside world. Good education means the lessons of the classroom being more than facts and lasting long after a lecture or discussion has ended and beyond the final exam. You are not gaining just qualification from getting a degree; you are learning how to construct your own world view.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I'd known a bit more about what I wanted to get out of my degree; though it's liberal arts, I find myself wishing I'd taken more focused subjects during the past three years. Generally I felt pretty well-prepared for college, though. Socially I wish I'd known more about how to meet people and be engaging; I was very shy and remain a little shy now, which has kept me from meeting as many people as I otherwise would have at a school this small.

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