Though Colby offers flexible orientation options such as yoga, organic cooking, and painting, Julian Patterson, who graduated from Colby in 2010, says COOT isn't for everyone.
But Patterson says students applying to Colby who aren't excited about the program shouldn't weigh a trip that only lasts a few days nearly as heavily as academics when making their final college decisions.
"COOT is there to help you grow and flourish as a student at Colby. It isn't there to intimidate and alienate you from the rest of the freshman population," he says. "And if you are bright enough to apply to Colby, I would hope you're bright enough to realize this."
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