Can you bring your own things to college?
Yes! You can bring all of your own things to college, as long as they can fit in your dorm room. I brought my clothes, my sheets & pillows, my books, and more! -Julianna K.
Can you be whatever you want to be at college?
You can learn to be pretty much whatever you want to if you go to a college that has that department! And you can join whatever clubs and groups you want while you’re in college. -Anna
Do you have your own dorm? Or do you have to share a dorm?
It depends on your school’s rules. At some schools, you may have your own room, while at others, you may have a roommate (or multiple roommates). At my school, most students have at least one roommate. I have four! -Julianna K.
How long do you have to spend away from your family?
If you go to a school really close to home, you never have to be away from your family. If you’re near home, you can come home often. Otherwise, you can come home for summer, and maybe other breaks! You can always call them though. -Anna
Can you see your family during college?
You can absolutely see your family during college! You can go home for a weekend, or your family can come visit you on campus. There are also holiday vacations throughout the year, so you will get a chance to go home and spend time with family. -Julianna K.
Can you see your friends in college?
You will make lots of friends in college! You can also always call your friends from home. You can see them when you go home over break, or if they live near you, anytime. -Anna
Do you get to drive out of college to shop?
If you have a car, yes. Otherwise, you can probably walk to some stores, or go shopping when you’re traveling or home over breaks! -Anna
Can you have your own room?
Most places you will have a roommate, at least the first year. After that you might be able to have your own room! -Anna
How can I get into art?
Depending on the school you go to, there may be art classes you can take. At Bowdoin, I know people who are taking drawing, printmaking, sculpting, and film classes. There are also lots of opportunities to do art on campus, maybe through an art club. Most schools have some sort of craft center where you can do whatever kind of art you want. I made a cool mug at my school’s craft center! -Julianna
Do you take trips in college?
Yes! Some classes may have field trips to cool places. For my oceanography class, we get to take a trip out on the ocean to do our experiments. Some classes get to travel even farther, and lots of schools offer opportunities for field research. If you find something that you want to research, you may be able to go on a trip to another part of the state or another part of the country (maybe even out of the country). -Julianna
How many colleges are there?
There are over 4,000 colleges just in the United States! That means that you have tons of great options to choose from when thinking about where you want to go to college! -Julianna
Do people help you choose a college?
Yes, usually you will have a guidance counselor in high school who is knowledgeable about the college process. He or she will be able to offer support as you are applying to colleges, and will give you helpful advice about what college might be right for you. Your parents or family members also may be able to help you in making a decision because they know you so well that they may have some ideas about what college would be a good fit for you. Ultimately, however, only you can know what is best for you. It is great to have other people help you and give you their opinions, but you are the one going to college, so your college choice should be what you want. -Julianna
Can a college ever be full?
Some colleges can only admit a certain number of students because they have limited room. That is why some applicants to certain colleges may be rejected. There are some colleges, however, that can accept everyone who applies. If one college is full, there are so many more that one will definitely have a spot for you! -Julianna K.
In college you have to be there all four years?
There are many different types of colleges. Some only require you to go for a year or two, others require four, and others require more than four years. For example, most students at UMaine Orono go to school for four years before they get their degree, but students at Maine community colleges only have to go to school for two years. If you do a little research into what you are interested in studying, you will be able to find the programs that are right for you and the amount of time it will take to complete them! -Julianna
Do you have to go to college to get a job?
Nope! But you might be able to get a job you like better or that pays better after you go to college. -Anna
Can you earn any money in college?
You definitely can! You can get a job either on or off campus, depending on what works best for your schedule. If there is a grocery store or cafe near campus, for example, you might be able to work there. Most schools also offer on-campus jobs. To make a little money, I work at my school’s dining hall, and I have friends who work as lifeguards at the school pool or as office assistants in the admissions office. There are lots of options! -Julianna
Is it your choice to pick a roommate?
Some colleges let you pick your own roommate, while others assign you a roommate (or roommates). I had to fill out a survey, and was matched with my roommates based on my responses. But I have friends at other schools who were randomly assigned a roommate. And I have other friends who got to choose their roommate ahead of time. -Julianna
Can your parents come to college?
Your parents can absolutely come visit you at college! Many colleges even have a “Parents’ Weekend” where all the students’ parents and families come visit the campus. But your parents can come visit you anytime they want. -Julianna
Can people work together for homework?
It depends on what your professor wants you to do. Some professors allow, and even want, you to work with other people on the homework. Some professors require that you work on the homework by yourself. Some professors let you work with people on homework, but require that projects are done individually. Don’t worry, though, because your professor will tell you what he/she wants you to do. And you can always ask if you are unsure! -Julianna