Do colleges have recess?
There’s not a specific time in the day in college when you go outside and play, but you have lots of time that you can choose how to use. You always have friends around, so you can always do things like have a snowball fight--and there are always sports and other games!
Why do different careers have to go to school for longer amounts of time?
Some jobs need more training. If you want to work at a store, you wouldn't need very much education. But if you want to be a doctor, there are lots of things you need to learn about sicknesses and the human body. A lot of jobs would like you if you've been to a normal amount of college--4 years.
How long is one day of college?
Most people at Bowdoin have school 3-4 hours a day. But you have other homework and clubs and meetings and sports the rest of the day! Most students are usually busy, but they do many fun things!
Are there more than one sections of a particular class?
Usually there are multiple sections of a class. For example, there were two sections of my physics class last semester. Some classes, however, only offer one section. It depends on the amount of student interest and the number of professors available to teach the class.
Why are there different types of colleges?
Every student is different, and may want to go to a different type of college-- small or large, rural or urban, far away or close to home, etc. Colleges will have you fill out an application, which is similar for most schools! The application will ask you to tell the school about who you are, what you like to do, what grades you got in school, what classes you took in high school, and what hobbies and interests you have! When you send in an application, colleges will decide if your interests and passions are a good match for their college!
How do you know what classes to take?
Every college will help you decide what classes to take, because it will be different for everyone! If you really like science and want to become a doctor, colleges will help you by telling you what math and science classes you need to take!
Do they have certain buildings for subjects? Bells, time between classes?
Usually colleges will have certain buildings for certain subjects, like a science building or a history building! There are no bells in college, but all the teachers (called professors in college) will dismiss you from class at the same time, so you will know exactly what time to leave and will get a schedule at the beginning of the school year so you will know when your classes start!
How do you find your way around campus?
It can be hard to find your way around campus when you are new to college, but quickly you will start to learn your way. Sometimes there are tours offered for new students before classes start, so these can be helpful. There are also maps that you can use. If you are ever lost, there are plenty of professors and upperclassmen around who are always happy to direct you wherever you need to go.
How do you know which college to go to?
There are so many great colleges, and every college is different, so the best college to go to is the one that you like the most! Finding out what college you like can seem scary, but it is actually really fun! It's fun to look online at college websites to see what types of classes they teach, what kind of activities there are to do, and what kinds of programs they offer! Some colleges have really great science programs, where other colleges have really great history programs! It is fun to see which college you think matches your interests!
Do all colleges have a sports team?
Most colleges do! Colleges will have official sports teams that the school runs and will also have student-run sports clubs as well!
How many years are you in college?
The number of years you are in college depends on what degree you are trying to get. For an Associates degree it will take 2 years, a Bachelors is 4, a Masters is 5-6, and a Doctorate can take 8 or more years! You can go to college starting at just 2 years, or as long as you like! -Kristin B.
What happens if you don't like what you are studying, can you change?
Yes! During freshman and sophomore year, most students take a wide variety of classes to see what interests them, then they pick their major during junior year. But don’t worry! Even if you choose a major like “Business Management” you can still do something totally different after you graduate, like be an artist. Or, if you major in something like “Biology” you can still apply to law school (extra school on top of college) to become a lawyer. You are never locked into one decision, you can always change what you want to do for a job!
What does it cost to get in?
It can cost different amounts to apply to college. For example, it costs $40 to apply to UMaine Orono, but some colleges are have a totally free application.
What can I do if I don't have enough money?
You can waive the application fee if you qualify for free and reduced lunch, for example. If you and your family feels like they cannot afford the application fees, there are very simple ways to fix that problem. Don’t let that stop you from applying to college!
Can you earn money in college?
Yes! There are plenty of on-campus jobs offered for students. For example, I have a job in the dining hall, and it is a great way for me to make some money without having to go far off-campus. I have friends who work in some offices or cafés on campus, as well. You may also be able to get a job in the area surrounding your college. If there are any shops or restaurants nearby, those could be good places to look for jobs.
If you go to college, where do you stay? How do you know which room is yours?
Most of the time, students who are new to the college will stay in a building called a “dorm” which is short for “dormitory.” Only students who go to your college live in your dorm. It’s kind of like a big hotel only for students, but you can decorate your room however you like! Dorms are a good place to meet new friends and fellow students. There is a separate building for the cafeteria. You will be assigned a room number and a key, that’s how you will know which room is yours.
Aleena is right. You get a room which has a number and the number is probably on the door. You have to remember what your room number is, but you could write it on your hand or in a notebook. Sometimes you get lost, but eventually you will know just where it is.
Do you need to share your room?
No, you don’t have to share your room. You could have a single smaller room all to yourself, but most people do have a roommate. Sometimes a roommate turns out to be your best friend!
Are boys and girls separate?
It depends on the college and it depends on the dorm; sometimes the boys and girls can live on the same floor, but roommates are almost always girl-girl or boy-boy.
If you live close to the college, do you have to stay there?
If you live close to the college, you can choose to live at home (and save some money, because it costs money to live in the dorms,) or you can choose to live in the dorms for a new experience. It depends on what is best for you and your family.