Portland, ME
University of Southern Maine


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

I would encourage myself to look more deeply into what school I chose, as my last year's school was a horrible fit for me, an...

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

I would encourage myself to look more deeply into what school I chose, as my last year's school was a horrible fit for me, and I ended up being miserable. Generally when I'm unhappy, I don't do too well in the school work department, and this had a bad effect on my grades last year, which was a huge waste of money that I don't have. Also, I would tell myself that closer to home is better, that way if I need a break I can have easy access to my friends from back home.

What kind of person should attend this school?

There are some smaller classes, but also larger lectures, which give you variety, especially if you don't want the professor targetting you (which sometimes they tend to do). If you like variety, then come here, there is city life AND rural life to choose from, although living in a dormis always in Gorham. Student apartments are available in Portland for the city dwellers.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

There's not much to do on the weekends, especially since the majority of people go home.

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

It is a very difficult decision and your first choice might not be the right place for him/her and that IS ok. A lot of pare...

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

It is a very difficult decision and your first choice might not be the right place for him/her and that IS ok. A lot of parents and students have a hard time admitting that where they thought they wanted to be may end up not being the right place. At first its hard because you think everyone you know knows and cares but in reality they just want you to be happy and comfortable where you are. Its a tough time but looking back I can say to others that its okay to take your time and figure it out, and not knowing right away is totally fine, you're in the same boat as most other kids, they just dont talk about it.

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

The amount of instate students who go home on the weekend.

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

When looking for the right college, my advice would be to follow your gut feeling. When you step on the a college campus, you...

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

When looking for the right college, my advice would be to follow your gut feeling. When you step on the a college campus, you'll know if it is the right one. Also, don't settle for the first one you look at, keep going and do a double check on if it really is the right one. As for making the most of your college experience, be out going and don't stay cooped up in your room. Wonder the halls of your dorms and say hi to everyone. Another big thing is don't feel like you need to drink just because a fair amount of do. You can go to parties, not drink, and still have fun, I did it my first year of school. College is a unique experience in which you only get to do once, so make the best of it and take advantage of all the great activites your school has to offer. Join a club, and bring a friend along with you id you want. College is all about keeping your head up, being positive about your choices and experiences, and finally figuring our who you are!

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing I consider about my school is the diversity of people. Everyone is extremely accepting and it is a really easy place to be yourself and fit in. I have not met one person who has had trouble finding a secure group of friends here. I think that speaks a lot about the type of people the school accepts.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person who shouldn't attend this school are people who are stuck up and are not into conserving the environment. The school has a big focus on beging green. Also a lot of people here are down to earth and the ones who come in that are not do have a harder time fitting in but from my experience, I found that they turn around and begin to understand.

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

I would reccomend that you talk to students that have been going there. They will have the best idea of what goes on and how ...

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

I would reccomend that you talk to students that have been going there. They will have the best idea of what goes on and how the school really is. Websites and advisors and catalogs can give you all sorts of information about the school that your interested in, but only students can tell you what life is really like.

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

I wish i had known that the health fitness major was not an accredited major. The university is in the process of getting it accredited but it is not yet there. other than that i love my college, it is a great size and has been a great experience thus far.

What kind of person should attend this school?

this school is very good for many types of students. There are two campuses, one in the city of Portland, and one in the town of Gorham. This allows students to be in the city when they want, as well as getting away in more of a country setting.

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

This school was the only decent business school in the state of Maine other than Thomas College. I chose this one because it...

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

This school was the only decent business school in the state of Maine other than Thomas College. I chose this one because it's not isolated. Since it's in Portland, I can get around just fine. The area around Thomas College is basically deserted and unentertaining. USM is definitely not like that.

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

I have always told parents/students that it is really important for the student to know his/her learning, living, and socializing needs. Comparing a school with those needs of the student will definitely help. I have seen plenty of smart students leave or drop out because their needs in those areas were not met through this school. It also helps to have a good idea about what major he/she would like to get into. When I searched, I looked into the extra-curricular activities, location of the campus, and the quality of the School of Business. Going to orientations are extremely helpful. To get the most out of the college experience, I would get involved. Living on campus helps out a lot. I would join a club, a sport, go to shows, volunteer, or something. If you're not interested in that, then at least make on-campus friends and hang out with them. There are people who decided they didn't like the school because they went home every weekend, which doesn't help a student feel a part of a community. I would strive for a college and an experience that makes you feel at home.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who want all of their classes to be on one campus should not go here. Most people have classes between the two major campuses. People who want easily-accessed assistance in either financial aid, registration, residential life, or what have you should not go here. I have found that going to those people are really a waste of your time for the most part.

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

The advice I would give would to be let go of your children when they go to college. They will make mistakes, but they will g...

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

The advice I would give would to be let go of your children when they go to college. They will make mistakes, but they will grow from them. I have found college to be the greatest experience of my life. Never before have I ever known who I am better. This experience of interaction on my own with all new people, in a new environment has lead to me blossoming as an artist, a writer and a scholar. When you chose a college, chose one in a town you have never been too, in a place far away, where the promise of new experience and adventure waits for you. It will be hard, but the education you receive from the university with the social evolution from your interpersonal life will help mold you into fully becoming who you are on the inside. When you get to college, make friends with the people sitting alone at tables, staring out the window while they eat. I found people who thought as I did at college, and for the first time, I felt welcomed to be myself. Choose a college for your degree, but choose a college for your person as well.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Though this may read contradictory to my top response, i assure you, i have good reason. People from small towns in rural maine should go to USM in portland to experience its diversity. Having been from a small town myself, i found that i grew so much in one year just living in the town of Portland.

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

Availiable and supportive, engaging and varied.

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

Availiable and supportive, engaging and varied.

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

Really consider state schools. The experience and qaulity is just as good as out of state schools and you save a lot of money! Finish college the first time. Just do it.

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

The best advice I can give about finding the right college is to start early, set goals, and be realistic. Students who tell...

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

The best advice I can give about finding the right college is to start early, set goals, and be realistic. Students who tell themselves that they'll narrow their college choices down to say five, for example, are more likely to get everything accomplished in a reasonable amount of time. After all, not only do they have to then apply to all five of these colleges and complete everything that that entails, but they must also complete other applications later on--something that will seem easier if they don't have 20 different applications for loans and scholarships to fill out along with a wide variety of admissions essays to write. As for making the most of the college experience, the best advice I can give is to get involved and to take charge of your life--particularly time management. Join clubs and sports or take part in school production--it helps you feel more involved and it's a great way to make friends, both of which ease the pain of homesickness. Don't put off studying or writing papers until the last minute, because the college workload can snowball quickly and rather uncontrollably.

What's unique about your campus?

What I love about this school is the wide variety of new things available to me. USM offers a wide variety of clubs, intramural sports, fitness programs, and varsity sports, and students here seem more open to accepting new students into programs than the students in high school did. I feel like I have the freedom to try new things and meet new people here--there are many people here like myself and also many who are very different, which enriches my college experience, making it more than just an academic experience.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

When I brag about being here, I'm always sure to mention my location. Because I'm from a small town, I love the bustle of being in a city, even if it's a small city by most standards. I can walk out of my apartment and have a wide array of shops, museums, theatres, and all the activities that these places entail at my disposal. I also love the location because of its beauty--my home town is right next to the ocean, a luxury I know I could never give up. Here, I don't have to.

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