University of Maine Top Questions

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


Before coming to college I wish I knew how much I would need my parent. I've always been a family person, but being out of state not knowing anyone is one of the biggest culture shocks I've faced. Knowing that at night I can look forward to talking to my dad and ridding myself of all the burdens of college.


The thing that I wish I had known before I came to the Univeristy of Maine was how difficult the academics were because many high schoolers in Maine believe that this school is easy when in reality it is not. If I had an idea of the degree of difficulity the classes presented, I would have prepared myself more, both scholarly and mentally.


There isn't really much to do on the weekends.


I wish I had known how to study. I'd never needed to before, everything came easily and naturally. I'm learning now how to do it better, but I should have prepared in high school. It would have made my life much easier than it is.


I wish someone had told me about the studying. I was a straight A student in high school and had never really had to try to earn an A. I realized that I didn't even know where to begin studying or how to. It was the biggest adjustment for me.


How hard it was going to be away from all the ones you love.


I wish that I had known how stubborn people are at the Financial Aid office. I wish I had known how difficult it was to program in scholarships that I ad received as well as dealing with a new web design that really did not make any sense at all.


I wish I would have know how much I'd love the University of Maine, I would have went sooner.


Personally, I was apprehensive about starting college. I didn’t want to go because I didn’t know what to expect, which scared me. I wish I had known that everybody was just as nervous as I was. Meeting new people is overwhelming but everybody is experiencing the same feelings, so you know you are not alone. In this way it’s easier to bond and create friendships. Overall, I wish I had known that I would grow to love college life. I love the independence and freedom from living on my own and being in charge of my life.


I wish I had known how most to all teachers/professors are here to help. I was shy because of the class sizes, therefore not knowing if I needed help that I could go and see the proffesor. I think knowing that would have helped me do better on my first semesters grades.


Absolutely nothing! It is great.


I would have wanted to know that I was going to switch majors half way through the year. Even though I am in upper-classmen classes right now because of my previous major, it feels like a I missed a lot of information I would have helped me in my current classes.


Before I came to school I wish I had known how much reading was expected from all of my classes and how much studying was needed to even get close to a good grade. I also wish I knew that studying all of the time, and not doing fun things doesn't help much. Doing something fun keeps you relaxed and unstressed.


I would of wanted to meet my roommate. Also, to know what my professors were like and if I could learn from easily and if I needed to switch. What each of the dorm rooms looked like so it would have been easier to pack what was needed and what would fit in the rooms.


I wish I would have had a better understanding of out-of-state fees because they are contributing to my financial dilemma. Usually schools focus on living expenses, book fees and room and board but they do not explain the out-of-state fees that will be assessed and how much it will be for students to attend. Knowing that out-of-state fees were going to be more than the tuition for local students, I probably would have made a better analysis in my decisions.


It was not going to be all fun


Nothing really, both my sisters went to this school and told me everything.


i wish i had known how to schedule my time better, so i was able to keep my grades up and still have a social life.


I wish I would have known that the field hockey coach was quitting because I would have picked a warmer school.


I was a very acedmic and introverted person in highschool. I wish I had known how to better handle social situations including drinking, and sexual relationships. Because of my own experiences, I feel that being knowledgable in these areas before going to college would be helpful, rather than being completely ignorant. Not knowing how to react to certain situations, or to be able to weigh the possible consiquences, caused me much heartache and confusion that I would hope other new college students will not experience.


I wish I had been more aware of the courses and majors that were offered at this school before attending. I believe that if there had been more hands on advising with me as a prospective student that was undecided that I may have been better equipped to make a decision on a major that best suited what I wanted for the furture.


There are no provate bathrooms in underclassmen dorms


I wish I had known that the teachers care more about their research than teaching, and I wish I knew more about my major and the people in it.


I wish I had more of an idea of what I wanted to do with my life. High school just does not seem to do a lot to help you decide what you would like to do with your life. More exposure to real career choices would be a good idea to help kids get an idea just what they would like to do or draw attention to their talents or interest to help them see just what is out there for them to choose from.


How much snow you got in the winter and how bad the plowing is.