Ask A Student

The best resources on the Bowdoin student experience are Bowdoin students themselves.

We encourage you to have ongoing contact with a current Bowdoin student, one who has first-hand insight and can tell you about the professors, the courseload, campus housing, the social life, the ins-and-outs. The students below are available via email at askastudent@bowdoin.edu.

Henry Bredar

Henry Bredar

Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Majors: History and Government and Legal Studies

Involvements: Bowdoin Student Government, Varsity Baseball, Club Rugby, Chess Club, Bowdoin Outing Club, Food Co-op, Admissions Office, French Table, MacMillan House.

How I Found Bowdoin: Knowing I was interested in a small college, my college advisor suggested I tour Bowdoin. Discovering the elite academics, the balance between life in and out of class, as well as the College’s commitment to Maine and to the Common Good made me realize that Bowdoin was the place for me. Here I can tackle a plethora of activities, thrive, and still be myself.

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Hannah Berman

Hannah Berman

Hometown: Denver, CO
Majors: Economics and Environmental Studies
Minor: Education Studies

Involvements: Bowdoin Outing Club, Mentor for Fostering Female Leadership in Youth, Project Sunshine Leader, Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator, Environmental Studies Advisory Board, Dining Advisory Board, Baking Club, Bowdoin Women in Business, Alumni Fund, Admissions Intern.

How I Found Bowdoin: At first, Bowdoin was just a stop on a long trip touring colleges along the east coast. However, after spending time on campus with students, I knew Bowdoin was the one. Each person I met was bright and friendly with a humble sense of intelligence. This balance fosters a caring and collaborative community--not just with students, but with professors, administrators, dining staff, housekeeping, and the town of Brunswick.

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Walter Chacón

Walter Chacón

Hometown: Lynn, MA
Major: Sociology
Minor: Education Studies

Involvements: Admissions Office, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Writing Assistant at the Center for Learning and Teaching, History Department Research Assistant, Men’s Club Ultimate Frisbee

How I Found Bowdoin:  When I began the college application process, I knew that I wanted a small school that had a strong community.  I also knew that I wanted to be in a place that was collaborative instead of competitive.  One day in the summer going into my senior year of high school, I visited Bowdoin with a friend whose older brother was a Bowdoin student.  After my tour, I got to spend some time with students and I could feel the strong community bonds on campus.  Once accepted, I visited campus with the Bowdoin Experience program and I knew Bowdoin was the place for me!

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Simon Chow

Simon Chow

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Government and Legal Studies
Minor: Education Studies

Involvements: Admissions and Multicultural Intern, Bowdoin Outing Club Leader, Hip-Hop dance group, SAT Tutoring, Elementary School Mentor (Falcon Friends), Bear Buddies.

How I Found Bowdoin:  As part of a scholarship program in high school, I was given an opportunity to visit private liberal arts schools in the New England area. Bowdoin had by far the best food, a fun outing club, and lots of kind-hearted people. I felt that people here really care about their education and friends. Although two thousand miles away, I found a second home.

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Büşra Eriz

Büşra Eriz

Hometown: Tekirdag, Turkey
Major: Government and Legal Studies, German

Involvements:  Bowdoin Outing Club, Admissions Senior Interviewer, Special Collections & Archives, The Common Podcast, Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

How I Found Bowdoin: After going to high school in a megacity, Istanbul, I wanted to experience what it’s like to live in a small town with a close-knit community. I wanted to explore different areas of study and interact with people I’m learning with, fellow students and faculty members. I couldn’t visit any colleges in US, however I did a lot of research and talked to the people who study at small colleges. I was drawn to Bowdoin’s strong academic programs and its commitment to the Common Good, and the day I stepped onto the campus I knew I made the perfect choice. Bowdoin always gives me the opportunity to be the best version of myself and to grow. 

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Hayley Nicholas

Hayley Nicholas

Hometown: Wilton, CT
Major: Sociology
Minor: Education Studies

Involvements: Admissions Senior Interviewer, The Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention, Upward Bound, Bowdoin Student Government, African American Society.

How I Found Bowdoin:​ At the beginning of the college application process, I had no idea what type of school would be best for me. I was not sure if I wanted a large or small school, to be in a rural area or in a city, or to be on the West or East coast; despite this, I did know that I wanted a college that embraced similar values as my own. I told my college counselor that I wanted to immerse myself in an academically rich environment where students collaborate with their peers but also challenge one another. I expressed that I wanted a college that I could call home, and I also wanted a place that appreciates multiculturalism. My counselor suggested Bowdoin and could have not been more accurate. Bowdoin has helped me evolve in many respects and has allowed me to explore subjects I would not have otherwise. It is a place that values my opinions but also pushes me to think differently.

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Esther Naa Ahema Nunoo

Esther Naa Ahema Nunoo

Hometown: Accra, Ghana/Bronx, New York
Major: Anthropology

Involvements: Senior Interviewer and Tour Guide - Admissions Office, Head RA – Office of Residential Life, Event Manager – Student Activities, Student Director – Women’s Resource Center

How I Found Bowdoin: I first heard about Bowdoin through a friend. She was talking about a great information session she attended and she had one of the Bowdoin booklets with her. After looking through the booklet I was drawn to Bowdoin by its beautiful campus. I did some research and became interested in the commitment to the Common Good. I was not able to visit, so in order to get a feeling for Bowdoin I had to rely on online forums, the Bowdoin website and conversations with alumni. What stood out the most and made me decide to apply is how the Common Good goes beyond the occasional volunteering opportunity and how it makes Bowdoin a friendly, passionate, and quirky community. 

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Samantha Valdivia

Samantha Valdivia

Hometown: North Hills, California
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Earth and Oceanographic Studies

Involvements: Bowdoin Varsity Softball, Bowdoin Women in Computer Science, OutAllies member, and Tour Guide

How I Found Bowdoin: My softball coach of several years highly recommended that I look into colleges in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). His daughter attended and participated on the softball team at Tufts University, so he knew that I would like how the NESCAC colleges advocate for a balance of rigorous academics and athletics. I was then drawn to Bowdoin because of the immense sense of community and focus on the Common Good.

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