Is college like school?
College is kind of like school that you're used to, but not really. You don't stay in the same building all day, and there are a lot more teachers and students. You have more choice in what classes you take (what subjects you study), and there are tons of opportunities outside of class. Instead of being in school 7 hours a day, you have less class time but more homework. You can do tons of extracurriculars like sports and clubs which take up the rest of the time. Also, everyone wants to be at college, so they are usually excited to do their schoolwork. Sometimes you live at college, so that's different too--you get your food there and are closer to your school buildings. -Anna
Do you have to be there every day?
Yes, usually in college students have class every day Monday through Friday. There may be other meetings or practices they have to be at school for too. Most weekends students do not have to be there, but they still are, because of clubs or sports or friends. It depends if you live on your college campus, too--if you live there then you are already there everyday! -Anna
Do you have to go to college to get a job?
Not necessarily. There are lots of jobs in the world that do not need a college degree. But, you might be able to get a higher-paying job, or a job you'll enjoy more, if you do go to college. -Anna
Does it cost money for food in college?
Yes, usually it does cost money. But, like at Bowdoin, sometimes you'll pay all that money before you get to college, and when you're there, you just use a little card to go into the dining hall and get as much food as you want. If you have scholarships or help with paying for college, that money will help with food. If you want to go outside of the dining hall for food, it costs extra money. -Anna
What kinds of food do they have in college?
Most colleges have big dining halls with lots and lots of types of food. At Bowdoin, we have cereal, bread, fruit, coffee and tea always available. Each meal is different: pasta, pizza, salads, vegetables, rice, meat... And each dessert is different: brownies, ice cream sundaes, cookies... (But, here's a secret about Bowdoin--we ALWAYS have soft serve ice cream!) -Anna
Do they have sports you can play in college?
Most colleges have lots of sports! Frisbee, soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey, hockey, curling, running, swimming, and more! -Anna
Can you switch roommates if you want to?
During the year, you usually have one roommate you stick to. If there is a serious problem, you can talk to someone to switch. But for most people, even if they aren't friends with their roommate, it works out okay! -Anna