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A Taste of the College Experience

Story posted December 01, 2010

Forty ninth-graders from high schools around midcoast Maine visited Bowdoin's campus recently to get a taste of the college experience. Arriving from Lewiston, Lisbon, Edward Little, and Poland 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 Barry Logan (Biology) and David Hecht (History) hosted special seminars in which students got to see a science lab in action and learn fun facts about Cold War history. Additionally, a student panel answered questions about extracurricular activities in college and EleMental, one of Bowdoin’s dance groups, put on a performance for the visitors. After lunch in the dining hall, the ninth-graders gathered again to hear from Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Scott Meiklejohn and Assistant Dean of Admissions Emily Parker, 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 students Molly Porcher ’13 and Manuela Ekowo ‘13, 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.

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