Story posted November 20, 2008
Sixty-five 9th graders from high schools around Midcoast Maine visited Bowdoin's campus on November 14th to get a taste of the college experience. Arriving from Morse, Mt. Ararat, Lewiston, Lisbon, Edward Little, and Gardiner High Schools, each was matched with a Bowdoin student for an introduction to life at a residential college.
The high school students were enthusiastic as they spent the morning touring the campus, seeing a dorm room, and visiting classes. Professors Abigail Killeen (Theater), Danielle Dube (Biochemistry), and Steven Perkinson (Art History) hosted special seminars where students got to take part in an acting workshop, see a biochemistry lab in action, and tour the museum. Additionally, Ursus Verses, one of Bowdoin’s coed a capella groups, put on a performance for the visitors. After lunch in the dining hall, the ninth graders gathered again to hear from Associate Dean of Admissions Elmer Moore and Director of Student Aid Steve Joyce who addressed questions about college applications and financial aid. At the end of the day, the high school students listened to the experiences of Bowdoin students from Maine who served on a panel to answer questions about college life overall.
An enjoyable day for all involved, the program's objective is to help Maine high school students think about their post-secondary options early on in their high school careers. Organized by Bowdoin student leaders, the day is part of Bowdoin's Aspirations in Maine Program which provides multiple opportunities for Bowdoin students to connect with local high school students to help them prepare for college aspirations, admission and success.
I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have...education and culture for their minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr