Colby’s keen sense of community

When we set foot upon the Hill our first time, we knew that we were walking into an institution that has a long legacy of community. A community of genuine niceness. A community that doesn’t exclude. When I visited Colby last year, I passed by college students who were always waving and saying hello. At other colleges that I visited, the students would walk right by prospective students as if they weren’t even there.

That kind of genuine friendliness is what makes this institution so unique. From the very start of my college search, I was looking for a place that focused on one value more than any other: community. Community has always been important to me. Our families and communities are what mold each and every one of us students into the people that would fit right in at Colby. And from the very moment—back in the beginning of my senior year of high school—that I came here for a visit, I felt like I had been completely taken into this community. Students and faculty were talking to me and took an actual interest in who I was, where I was from, and what I wanted to do with my life. It was an overwhelming feeling, but an amazing one at the same time.

Everyone on the Hill seems to be very happy and I think that is something that makes this place very unique. People have always told me “college is what you make of it.” Colby students do just that. They make the best of their four years here on the Hill and they do that by being themselves. This is a place where you can find the passions you will have for the rest of your life. Colby is a place where you can be yourself and no one will exclude you. You are accepted by everybody. In high school and maybe even other institutions, students constantly face the fear that they will not be accepted for who they are.

That is something I used to fear. I was afraid to be who I really was because people might make fun of me for it. I had heard that Colby was a place where you could truly be yourself and be happy. One of my greatest experiences of knowing that I could be myself here was during my COOT trip. I just decided to let go and be who I really am and my COOT family loved me. That really helped me to let go of my fear of being the real me.

The genuine niceness of folks here is why I chose to be here. There was one student, who will remain anonymous for now, who is a senior this year that said hello to me on one of my visits last year and it was one of the most genuine hello’s that I have received in my entire life. That will stick with me for the rest of my life. That hello was a huge reason why I chose to come here. That hello showed me that this place takes in great people and produces even greater people.

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