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Bowdoin is hands down the most amazing place ever. I was totally one of those people who disliked highschool and never put mu...
Bowdoin is hands down the most amazing place ever. I was totally one of those people who disliked highschool and never put much thought into school spirit. This all changed when I got to Bowdoin. The place and the people are so incredible that you can't help but be proud of it. The people here love to be active. The gym is a campus hotspot while others swear it off prefering the ample outdoors activities that surround the campus. Even in the dead of our intense Maine winters we make the most of it. Its an incredible college experience.
While Bowdoin students are incredibly diverse with respect to their interests, they are not particularly diverse when it comes to race, sexual orientation or socio-economic issues. That being said, everyone is really interested in increasing the diversity on campus. No one would feel out of place here as everyone is so welcoming but many of the students here are wealthy easterners. This shouldn't scare anyone as anyone who breaks this mold is a hot commodity and source of interest.
Not at all. There are definitly a lot of different types of people at Bowdoin. Many are incredibly preppy and these tend to overshadow the granola types here. No matter how you would define yourself though, you will be able to find you niche.
Academics here are definitly challenging. We have a lot of work and everyone here is definitly intelligent. At the same time, it appears that many of the Bowdoin students were once overacheivers in highschool but now want a little more time to figure things out in college. Professors are generally amazing and the small class sizes really allow you to get to know them and seek and help that you may need.
So many activities! You can really find whatever you are interested in here which is surprising for such a small school. If by chance what you want isn't here they encourage the development of new groups. Its kind of easy to get over your head however as there are so many enthusiastic people and groups that can suck you in. In terms of on campus activities there are plenty. Although we are in Maine there is no shortage of things to do on the weekend. You can pretty much find whatever your looking for. Parties are ample and rarely exclusive at all. The Social House system really helps get things going for the Underclassman The College also does a great job of bringing in speakers to keep us intellectually stimualted as well and often times there are so many great discussions on each night that its hard to choose.
That Bowdoin is a big hippie school where everyone eats granola and skis in Maine.
The Bowdoin community is pretty small and tight-knit. With a small campus and small class enrollment, it is easy to get to kn...
The Bowdoin community is pretty small and tight-knit. With a small campus and small class enrollment, it is easy to get to know a lot of people here on campus, whether it is through class, sports, clubs, parties, or living quarters. The local town, Brunswick, is very nice. Coming from a small town, it is nice to walk downtown through Maine St. and stop in at the local music, coffee, or sandwich shop. It is never too much of a problem to grab food or bathroom supplies from the supermarket or pharmacy, and Bowdoin Security's 'Safe Ride' service will give anyone a ride within 2 miles of campus. We have a high level of school pride and we are very supportive of our sports teams. Sports games tend to have fairly high attendances, especially in games against our Maine state NESCAC rivals, Bates and Colby. A recent controversy with our administration was the recent vote by the faculty to eliminate the possibility of receiving distribution requirement credit for taking a course Pass/Fail (or Credit/D/F as it is known here). Students were upset because this motion infringes on what it means to attend a liberal arts school. Unable to receive credit for a distribution requirement while taking pass/fail, Bowdoin students of the future will be less likely to explore new classes or general areas of study without feeling the pressure of receiving a good grade. It also makes studying abroad for pre-med students much less feasible, as it is difficult to complete all the distribution requirements and other medical school requisites.
So the diversity isn't immense in any way, but considering we are a small liberal arts college in Maine, we have a fair amount of ethnic, religious, and demographic diversity. Coming from a white, middle class, small town in Maine, I've never been in a school with so many Asians, African Americans, and Jewish people. But if you come from a city, the diversity may seem lacking. Fortunately, not everyone here is your stereotypical private school snob. I was also surprised to find that not everyone is from Massachussetts either! So there may be a sizeable fraction of students at Bowdoin from New England, but there is a pretty good following of students from New York and California. There is at least one person from almost every state in each class and several international students too. Bowdoin has a predominantly liberal student body, but I don't find that politics affects student interactions too much unless it's election time or you are part of one of the political clubs. Maybe it's the fact that girls are attracted to the city, or that the Maine's woods scare them away, but the ratio of attractive girls to attractive guys at Bowdoin is very small.
You can win here, or you can lose here, but that's the same risk you take with attending any college.
The reality is that bowdoin students are fairly diverse in ethnicity, religion, and demographics. I think this diversity in students and the fact that there is a large athletic population on campus really brings a new edge to the Bowdoin academic and social life. Bowdoin students are hardworking and really buckle down on their assignments, but the weekend brings a different scene to Bowdoin with a fairly high level of social interaction, partying, and relaxation. I would say that the 'work hard, play hard' slogan definitely applies to Bowdoin students. The harder we work during the week, the harder we tend play on the weekends! Not too mention, I was pleasantly surprised by the high level of partying that goes on here at Bowdoin.
Classes are great here. Class sizes are very small most of the time. As a freshman, my intro science courses have had between 30-50 students, but other than that, the majority of my classes have been smaller than 20 students. Freshman seminars are required and I highly recommend taking more than just one. They are incredibly small, with a maximum of 16 students, and highly engaging with an emphasis on participation. The only thing I wish is that Bowdoin would minimize its emphasis on fulfilling division/distribution requirements, or at least make them less difficult to complete before graduation.
There are a lot of sports, clubs, and intramural activities at Bowdoin. It is really easy to get involved in any of these. All it takes is an email. Many clubs encourage people with no particular experience to join. The Bowdoin Outing Club is a perfect way to take advantage of Maine's beautiful geographic features while being active and meeting students from all walks of life. I find that Bowdoin students are particularly environmentally concerned as well as grateful of their local community, and as a result, like giving back to the community by volunteering. On the weekends, especially in the winter, hockey and basketball games are popular to attend. The biggest game of the year is the Bowdoin hockey game against our rival Colby. Everyone wears black and it gets wild in the arena. Almost every weekend you can expect a big house party hosted by one of Bowdoin's social houses. These parties are all-inclusive of every student on campus, whether they drink beer or not. The social houses are especially careful to cater to those who may not drink by providing snacks and soda. Even if there are no official parties going on, it is fairly easy to find some little shindig going on in one of the dorms or upperclassmen housing. Every Thursday night there is easy a band or DJ at the campus pub, and attendances at the pub on these nights are very high. Bowdoin, in conjunction with the social houses too, host a variety of speakers. The Bowdoin film society often hosts movie nights during the week or weekend. There are also two movie theaters in town. The dating scene at Bowdoin is definitely undermined by the 'hook-up' culture. This may not necessarily be bad, but if you're looking for that special someone, chances are they're not looking for you.
I think Bowdoin students are typically pictured as rich, preppy, uptight, hardworking, and competitive people hailing predominantly from Massachussetts with no other drive but to get into that elite grad. school, medical school, etc.
common complaints are that the campus is too white, too privileged, and too heterosexual. nevertheless, i have friends who ar...
common complaints are that the campus is too white, too privileged, and too heterosexual. nevertheless, i have friends who are straight, gay, bisexual, all different races/ethnicities, and anywhere from on full financial aid to none. the student body is very left-leaning, but for the most part is not that politically active. because many students are athletes (50%?) a lot of students wear sweatpants/sweatshirts to class and to meals so they don't have to change before practice. some people really get dressed every day, but you wouldn't ever feel out of place if you did not.
to some extent, yes, but the stereotypes are definitely exaggerated. there are many different types of students on campus, and everyone finds their niche. the student body is, for the most part, very friendly and accepting.
most of the classes are really small (30 students or less) so the teachers, for the most part, know your name and something about you, which is really nice. plus, most teachers remember you in following semesters, and will say hi to you on campus, in the dining halls, or in town when you cross paths. the teachers are very willing to help you outside of class, and working/studying in groups is the norm. while most students have high standards for themselves, they are mostly competitive with themselves and are very willing to help others out. class participation is usually required, and generally students ask a lot of questions. because the school is so small, there are not too many cool, weird, random classes offered each semester. also- it can be difficult to plan your schedule because most classes are only offered in one time slot (i.e. only monday/wednesday at 11:30 and not at all on tuesday/thursday) so you may just not be able to take classes that you are interested in taking because they don't fit in your schedule, which can be really frustrating.
a large percentage of the students on campus play a sport, but not many people go to most of their games. hockey and basketball are probably the most popular sports for students to go watch. many students participate in the outing club, and many people go skiing/snowboarding through the outing club as well during the winter. the dating scene is difficult because the campus is so small and everyone knows everyone- either students have very short, non-serious hookups, or very long term relationships, but nothing really in between. students generally work hard sunday-wednesday, and then thursday-saturday go out pretty hard. students primarily drink a lot, but it is difficult to find hard drugs on campus, and are very rarely used. campus-wide social house parties are really fun as a freshman and sophomore, and are a great way to meet lots of people in your grade. there is not much to do on saturdays if you are not drinking and are looking for an organized activity- there is generally a concert, play, movie, etc. but not more than a couple alternatives. main st. has a lot of little coffee shops and cute restaurants to go to, which is really nice if you're looking to get off campus. also if you have a car, portland is really nearby (25 min) and is a really fun city to explore, and there are a lot of fun beaches to go to/cool maine outdoors activities to do if you're adventurous.
students are categorized as either very preppy, jocks, or "crunchy." bowdoin is known to be a very white, heterosexual, privileged campus. students work hard during the week and are serious about their classes/work, but party hard on the weekend.
When I was first looking at colleges my junior and senior year in high school, I was convinced that I wanted a huge student b...
When I was first looking at colleges my junior and senior year in high school, I was convinced that I wanted a huge student body. Coming from a small private school in Baltimore, I felt that I needed to have that experience. When I started looking into Bowdoin, the class size was the one thing that made me hesitant about applying, despite the fact that I loved everything else about it--the social house system, the balance of athletics and academics, the food (of course), the campus, the location, etc. I decided that regardless of what size school I went to, I would have significantly more classmates than the 75 I had in high school, so either way, I was going to have a plenty of different experiences. When I got here my freshman year, I found that the class size was practically perfect. Enough people to always be meeting new ones and small enough that I didn't feel overwhelmed. One experience that I'll never forget is when the women's Field Hockey team won Bowdoin's first ever National Championship. The entire campus was at the field house at 1 am on Saturday night to greet them. One of the houses off campus threw them a huge party and practically the entire campus was there, supporting the team until 5 o'clock in the morning. Even security guards were there when the team got off the bus, taking pictures and cheering them on with the rest of campus. It really was a huge testament to our incredible school spirit.
I would say that most students wear jeans and a t-shirt. There will always be those people that you never see wearing sweatpants, but I can say that I have zero problem wearing a sweat suit to class. I don't feel uncomfortable, under-dressed or out of place. I think there's a pretty good mix of politically aware and active students and ones that have no clue what's going on and don't care. Bowdoin definitely is predominantly left on the political spectrum, however, I have seen some fliers around campus recently about a Republican group on campus, so they're small but visible.
Both types of people definitely exist on campus, but in no way does it define the entire student body. There are people who are very preppy and there are people who are all about the outdoors. However, there are plenty of people on campus that do not fall into either category. I think that people focus on these stereotypes more than they do at a larger school simply because Bowdoin is on the smaller side so these classifications are more apparent.
Professors will always know your name at Bowdoin if you participate in class or if you go to them for extra help outside of class. Even in larger lecture classes, most Professors make an effort to learn names.
One of the most popular groups on campus is V-Day, which is a group dedicated to stopping violence against women. They sponsor many activities on campus and every year they put on the Vagina Monologues. This year, in fact, Eve Ensler, founder of V-Day and author of the Vagina Monologues, came to Bowdoin to speak during Common Hour. It was one of the most incredible talks I've ever heard at Bowdoin and elsewhere. I am involved with the Bowdoin Women's Lacrosse team. It's a spring sport, so I don't have too much of a social life in the spring outside of the team. It's an incredible group of girls and we have so much fun together on the weekends, at practice and during the week. Athletic events are pretty popular on the weekends. More so in the fall than the spring, because the weather is nicer, but Bowdoin definitely comes out to support their teams--even for away games. Many students attend Common Hour every Friday, where a guest speaker comes and talks for an hour. It is free for students and faculty and it's a great activity. I met my best friends through Pre-O, Freshman floor, lacrosse and other friends. People at Bowdoin party frequently (I think). Thursday nights are pretty big, especially if there is a DJ at the pub (Bowdoin students love dance parties). Friday nights are usually a little quieter, but there is definitely parties going on, they're just a little lower key. Saturdays are huge. Most everyone goes out and frequently there are a couple upper classman parties (which basically any grade can attend) and at least one social house will have a themed party. (Social House parties also happen on Friday nights sometimes too). Sunday nights are big for athletic teams. A lot of times teams will have games on Saturday and Sunday and then have off practice on Monday so they'll go out Sunday night and most of the time a fair amount of the rest of campus will go out too. Generally, Bowdoin students work hard and party hard.
That Bowdoin students are earthy and all about peace and love. Also that Bowdoin students are extremely preppy.
The best thing is the professors and the breadht of the resources. I would change entirely the makeup of the student body; w...
The best thing is the professors and the breadht of the resources. I would change entirely the makeup of the student body; we need less apathy, less perfectionism, more exploration. The only exploration that happens seems to do so off campus, and that sucks. I spend most of my time in the library. Brunswick is really cute. I don't think there's too much school pride, although maybe that's because I don't go to sporting events. There is absolutely nothing unusual about this school, aside from the excellent housing. I'll always remember driving to Colby in the middle of the night for a rookie task with the rugby team. Generally speaking, I think people just feel stuck here. Breaking convention here is very difficult.
People are pretty accepting here, especially the gay community (I would know being on the rugby team). Students who feel out of place are ones who aren't satisfied with the work hard, play hard mentality, where you work your ass off all week and then spend the entire weekend trashed. Most students are from the east coast, so there is that kind of cutthroat academic attitude here...even if students aren't competitive with each other, which I don't think they are, they hold themselves to incredibly high standards. Everybody's pretty liberal, and many students are on financial aid, which luckily isn't taboo at all.
I wish I had gone farther, taken more risks.
Yes, more so for the preps than for the outdoorsy types. I think people confuse being outdoorsy with being hippies, of which this school has very few.
I know and have liked most of my professors. Class participation is definitely encouraged, although intellectual conversations outside of class are few. Students are competitive, not necessarily because of the atmosphere here, but I think just in a self-selecting way. I really like my "Modernism/Modernity" class. The academic requirements are far too rigid in some departments, such as history or government. It's all about learning for it's own sake, though.
As a freshman, everyone's really friendly and outgoing, but that quickly changes as social groups get set. No one dates here, only hooks up (often drunkenly), or has long, important relationships. We don't have fraternities. You can go to lectures, etc., but if you don't have a really big group of friends who don't drink and you're single, it's hard to find things to do on the weekend. Sometimes you can go to Portland if you know someone with a car.
That we're preppy, wealthy overachievers. Although preppy kind of slides into granola/crunchy territory, which is also a popular stereotype.
What I most like about bowdoin is the ability to do whatever I want. What I mean by this, is that each student is allowed to ...
What I most like about bowdoin is the ability to do whatever I want. What I mean by this, is that each student is allowed to move freely from one activity to another without being judge or restricted by the adminstration. I know this sounds like all liberal arts schools, but I feel that bowdoin actually stands out in this category.
I find it to be diverse enough for a school in maine and that usually attracts people from new england which isn't such a diverse place in the first place.
I like bowdoin.
I feel that professors are great here, because they're easy to talk to and get along with.
There's so much to do here, which makes this college so special. You just cant be bored, as long as you try to find somethting.
that bowdoin is only place that accepts new englanders(who are white) when in fact the school is much more diverse than that.
For me Bowdoin has become more than just a school, but a place that I will always consider home. In the first lines of the "O...
For me Bowdoin has become more than just a school, but a place that I will always consider home. In the first lines of the "Offer of the College" William DeWitt Hyde highlights the importance of Bowdoin being a home to its students. I was born and raised half a country away, so when I came out here I was worried about the distance from my hometown. I was surprised how easy it was to settle here. From the moment I arrived I felt like I was a part of the College and feel strongly about this place. At Bowdoin there are endless outlets of support and friendship from the first people you meet on your pre-orientation trip, roommates, and proctors to deans, professors, and dining hall staff. There is an almost invisible gap between the students even when they vary in age by four years or more and professors can become incredible influences in your life inside and outside of the classroom. The people at Bowdoin are really what make the experience and the College holds high standards for the students they admit and the staff they hire in order for this to continue. I constantly feel that the College community has my back and I have learned to give that kind of support to everyone I can here. When I tell people that I go to Bowdoin the response varies if they have heard of the school. A lot of people outside of New England haven't heard of it, and yes they usually mispronounce it, but you can't let that get to you. The whole name recognition thing really doesn't matter because if they haven't heard of it it's their loss. You have to know in your head that you're at a great school and it shouldn't matter if someone hasn't heard of it. Sometimes people whine about the food, but they should be punched in the kidneys. It's amazing for college food and the best you will find in the country...seriously.
At Bowdoin your roots and history are important, but things like race, sexual orientation, and class rarely come into play. I have friends of all backgrounds and these things don't ever come up. Bowdoin students are who they are regardless. At Bowdoin the only people who would feel out of place are unmotivated people who aren't outgoing. There are people here like that, but I think that they just aren't as happy. The students here are incredibly smart and inspired. If you aren't willing to work hard and keep up, you might feel a little excluded from the majority of the student body. So many students here, myself included, find so much joy in constantly meeting new people. Not being socially outgoing or excited about meeting new people from all kinds of places might also leave someone excluded.
I think the ugly girl stereotype probably just comes from our rival schools, but I think as a whole, the student body is pretty attractive. There are a significant number of students who play one or more varsity sports, but there are also plenty who don't. I am not a member of an athletic team, but I have plenty of good friends who are and I have been able to get to know their friends on those teams. Teams create a great sense of community for those on them and for those who have Bowdoin spirit. I'm from the midwest and it is pretty obvious to me that I am the minority when it comes to geography. People joke about the JOB (Just outside of Boston) kids, but it is true. There is a huge percentage from Massachusetts, Maine, and the rest of New England. The college seems to be trying to get a more diverse student body, but it's challenging when Bowdoin is so highly regarded, especially in New England.
Professors are for the most part amazing. I am finishing my second year here and I have only had two professors who I really disliked. The rest have been great and two have been particularly priceless additions to my education and life. Getting to know your professors is a huge perk of a small school and even in larger lecture classes (35 or 40 students) most professors still know who you are. I am a visual arts major and I only recently decided that. I came to the College thinking I would major in English, but after having a remarkable experience in Photography I and getting to know some of the art professors I knew I wanted to spend as much time in the art department as possible. The art major actually requires two drawing classes, two painting, and two art history, but the other five (plus) are up to you. I can't say enough about the visual art program here. On every college tour I took the tour guide said that everyone always has a meal with a professor outside of class at least once. From my friends at other NESCAC schools this is not true. I have on a few occasions been invited with a few other students over to professor's homes for end of the year BBQs or even just a quiet dinner as a thank you for our hard work during the semester. Getting to know professors as people and friends is a unique experience. I also know a few professors who require a discussion hour for their classes, but hold them weekly in their own homes over a home-cooked meal.
Greek life was removed from Bowdoin more than ten years ago, but it was replaced with the College House System. There are eight first-year dorms, which are always affiliated with the same College House. Incoming students are placed in their dorms and affiliated with a house, which they will be affiliated with all four years (and forever). The student members of the houses are active during orientation, getting the new students settled in. They house members help the first-years move in and choose classes. Throughout the rest of the year, the houses help sponsor student groups, clubs, and offer venues for musical performances. They also generally alternate offering campus-wide or affiliate parties every weekend, which are registered with the college, but are a safe, fun place to drink, dance, etc. The House system in my opinion is pretty flawless. There are friendly rivalries between neighboring houses, which were originally frat houses and still uphold traditions. Beginning sophomore year, students can live in the houses, which are made up of about 20-28 students and run by a president. Last weekend the College House that I live in had a two night party with four kegs each night. The current house members also did a bit of celebrating with last year's residents on Thursday night. Olympic games of sorts may or may not have been involved (drinking games are technically illegal on campus, but that really isn't enforced). Everyone in the house had a great time throwing the party and we had great attendance.
That the girls are ugly Everyone plays a varsity sport The student body is primarily from New England.
Its so welcoming, everyone is generally a good person at heart. There is a real sense of community. In a very quaint town--Br...
Its so welcoming, everyone is generally a good person at heart. There is a real sense of community. In a very quaint town--Brunswick--that is a college town, but there are still a lot of very cool places and Portland is only 30min away. Most people do spend most of their time on campus though, mainly because there is always something going on. Its very small, but that helps create the amazing sense of community, the only negative is the limited class offerings.
not too diverse racially. They try but there is a still a very small contingent of african americans. A lot of new englanders. VERY LIBERAL.
Bowdoin is an awesome place. The most important thing to me, when I came to school was to find somewhere I would feel comfortable socially. Bowdoin fits that, and so well. The community here is amazing.
strong academics & facilities-yes. Preppy, and full of boarding school kids, somewhat, but there is also an entire contingent of middle-class/lower-class, down to earth students. There are so many different types of people here, its really easy to find a group you fit in with.
Most professors take the time to get to learn people's names, and really try to make themselves available to all their students. Very difficult academically, a lot of work. Lots of intellectual conversations going on outside of class-though it depends on your group of friends. In general a very smart, academically strong place and student body.
lots of varsity athletes as well as a large following for Intramural sports. Lots of hanging around with friends, just talking--very interesting people to talk to. Not a very big dating scene. Always things to do on the weekend.
very preppy, a continuation of new england boarding schools, strong academics, good facilities,
Best thing about Bowdoin? Probably academics and food. Worst thing about Bowdoin? the size—it's too damn small. In many respe...
Best thing about Bowdoin? Probably academics and food. Worst thing about Bowdoin? the size—it's too damn small. In many respects—particularly social aspects of the school—it is like high school.
white, preppy new-england prep school educated, from just outside of boston, athletic, cliquey—many of these stereotypes are true. There are more exceptions now more than ever—particularly as the admissions office makes an effort to "branch out"—but come on, they aren't fooling anyone—tons of kids here are still from New England. And fifty years from now, my guess is that won't change dramatically.
college is what you make of it, and anyone that tells you different is full of shit. Bowdoin gives every student here so many opportunities to succeed, so it's really a question of A) figuring out what you want to get out of the place and B) making that happen. sounds cheesy, but it's true.
Yes, for the most part—the Admissions office certainly plays up the ethnic, racial, geographical diversity that is on campus. And to their credit, it has become more diverse than I'm sure it was 10, 15 years ago. Still, the place is fundamentally an institution catering to New England, intelligent, upper-middle class white kids. And it's doubtful that this will change dramtically in the future.
Academics are great here, though I hated a lot of intro level classes that I took freshman year. The course catalogue made them seem so interesting, and I didn't have a good sense of what I wanted to study when I got here. But there were some really awful ones. Sociology 101 comes to mind.
Athletics dominate the activity/social scene. I played sports freshman year, but quit because it was too large of a time commitment, and wasn't worth the supposed social benefits that came with it. Plenty of drinking (beer and hard stuff) on the weekends. If you don't drink, there's not a whole lot else to do on the weekends. I mean, it is Brunswick, not NYC-you can't just decide you'll go see a show on broadway or listen to some live jazz.
white, preppy new-england prep school educated, from just outside of boston, athletic, cliquey
Student-professor relationships are the best part about Bowdoin. I would change Bowdoin's class withdrawal policy--students ...
Student-professor relationships are the best part about Bowdoin. I would change Bowdoin's class withdrawal policy--students should be free to drop a class whenever they want to. The size is just right. When I tell people that I go to Bowdoin they ask where it is, what is is, and why I would want to go to a school in Maine. I spend most of my time in Hatch Science library. Brunswick is a cute college town--cook's corner is convenient and we aren't too far from Freeport and Portland. I don't have any sound claims to make about Bowdoin's administration. There was a mild hazing incident that received more attention then the situation warranted--it only lasted a week or two. School pride has its shining moments e.g., Colby-Bowdoin hockey games. Unusual: we have an incredibly intelligent student body; they are some of the smartest underachievers that I have ever met. I will always remember the traumas of my pre-orientation trip. I was increibly under qualified for the trip, but was assigned to it anyways. For three days, I had to backpack with regular backpackers--it was my first time! I hear a lot of complaints about the Credit/D/Fail policy--why not just make it Credit/Fail?
We have a very diverse student body. Every race, sexuality, religion and social class is represented here. I don't think that there is a specific type of student who would feel out of place here. Most students are from "right outside of Boston" or somewhere along the East coast.
All of my professors know my name and things from my personal life. This semester my favorite class it English 282: Literary and Cultural theory. Essentially we read and apply theory to literature that we have read and to contemporary culture. My least favorite class is Organic Chemistry. Never before have I put forth so much time and energy into a class and received such shoddy results. Yes--some of my most intellectual conversations happen outside of the classroom and in my social house. There is healthy competition at Bowdoin. The most unique class I've taken is English 107. Essentially we examined the relationship between the picture and text. We read and analyzed comic books, Dante's Inferno, and children's books. The English department is full of amazing professors. Thus far, I have had no problems with anyone in this major. The professors are always willing to help, discuss or just chat after class. The professors are also very informed--I never feel like I am being bullshitted. Yes--I have met with all of my professors outside of class. The distribution requirements seem like a pain but really they are ensuring that students get the most out of the liberal arts education. I would argue that what Bowdoin is geared towards depends on the student. One can learn for the sake of learning or learn with a profession in mind. Certainly professor's teach so that we enjoy what we are learning. What we do with our knowledge (should we attain any) is up to us.
Sports teams are the most popular groups on campus. They tend to attract a lost of interest. I am involved in the women's varsity rugby team. It is a walk-on team. We have an A side and a B side. Anyone can play on the B side; A side is a little more exclusive. The team encourages a lot of camraderie. What dating scene? It is more of a hookup scene. If I am awake at 2am on a Tuesday I am either doing organic chemistry or hanging out with friends. There is no Greek life.
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