10. Bowdoin College Is in Maine, So Why Is It Named After a Governor of Massachusetts? I'm not going to tell you the answer to this question because, if I did, I'd just have to come up with a new question. You see, I usually use this question as part of my introductory comments during my live presentations, where my first goal is to get my audience members to think outside their regional boxes. We Americans can be too focused on our own regions to the point that we disregard the great opportunities that are frequently available in the other regions of our nation. So, I begin most of my presentations with a map of the United States, then I talk about getting lost on a college hunting trip in the wilds of deepest darkest Rhode Island, and then I have fun with college names that my audience members probably can't pronounce. Which brings me to Bowdoin College where I have fun with the pronunciation of its name, I talk about Gettysburg hero and former Bowdoin president Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, and I mention that Bowdoin's a fine school with very generous financial aid. But I finish off by offering a $5 Starbucks gift card to the first student who can tell me why a college in Maine is named after a governor of Massachusetts. So, I'm sorry, but I just can't give away the answer.
NOTE TO SENIORS IN THE CLASS OF '17 AND YOUR PARENTS: Decision Day is Monday, May 1, and you have some important research to do on every college where you were accepted. Now's the time for the detail work. Now's the time to nail down everything you think you know about every one of your potential colleges, and the Tripwires page I added last year will give you some good ideas. Remember that the Consumer Protection Revolution of our last century had almost no impact on American colleges, and you need to be alert "higher education consumers" who are eager to do all of your own consumer research yourselves. So, don't take anything you've been told by any school for granted, confirm every detail, and don't trip a Tripwire!