A MEP College Visit to the University of Maine
On February 19, the Migrant Education Program took seven junior and senior high school students on a college tour to the University of Maine at Orono. A bilingual Latino UMO student gave the MEP students a tour when they arrived, beginning by showing them the Collins Center for the Arts, and then leading them to the bookstore, first-year housing dorms, the library, and the fitness center. Students were excited to see one of the largest research libraries in Maine and also to learn that the fitness center offers classes, exercise machines, a pool, and other activities. One of the most surprising sites for the students to see was a campus classroom that seats up to 350 students. Coming from small classes where everyone knows each other, the high-schoolers were surprised to see such a big classroom. After the tour, students and MEP staff ate lunch at Wells Central, one of the dining halls on campus.
After checking out the campus, the students had the opportunity to visit the Civic Center in Bangor to watch some college basketball. The University of Maine Black Bears played the University of Albany in their last home game, but unfortunately lost by about 20 points. Still, students were enthusiastic about the University of Maine at Orono, citing the diversity of majors and concentrations offered and the nice facilities as reasons they might like to study there.