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 course load, campus housing, the social life, the ins-and-outs. The students below are available via email at askastudent@bowdoin.edu.

Mac Brower

Mac Brower

Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Majors: Government & Legal Studies and Hispanic Studies

Involvements: Peer Health, Varsity Swimming and Diving, Orientation Trip Leader, Spanish TA

How I Found Bowdoin: A college counselor suggested Bowdoin to me when I first started looking at colleges as a junior. No one in my hometown had ever heard of it before, but it seemed like it could be the perfect fit for me. What really sealed it for me, however, was having the opportunity to spend a few nights on campus during the fall of my senior year. I really got a sense of what it would be like to be a Bowdoin student, and although I didn't commit to Bowdoin until April, I think that's when I started to know it was the place for me.

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Miriam Fraga

Miriam Fraga

Hometown: Waukegan, IL
Major: Religious Studies
Minor: Latin American Studies

Involvements: President of Masque & Gown (oldest student run theater group), RA for Residential Life, member of the Catholic Student Union, member of the Latin American Student Organization, work for the department of Theater and Dance.

How I Found Bowdoin: My college counselor was a Bowdoin alumna. After meeting with me a couple of times, she suggested looking at Bowdoin. I had never heard about Bowdoin or ever been to Maine. I ended up coming to visit Bowdoin through Explore Bowdoin and falling in love with the community on campus. I wanted to be in a place that nurtured both my academic and extracurricular interests and found that at Bowdoin when I came to visit and spent time getting to know the community.

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Praise Hall

Praise Hall

Hometown: Fridley, MN
Major: Undeclared

Involvements: Class Council, Residential Life, Bowdoin Outing Club, African American Society, Student Intern at Alumni Relations.

How I Found Bowdoin: I was first introduced to Bowdoin through an organization called Questbridge. However, after a fly-in visit to Bowdoin, I really became acquainted with the college.

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Sabina Hartnett

Sabina Hartnett

Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Majors: Mathematics & Computer Science, German

Involvements: Research Assistant in the Digital and Computational Studies Department, Admissions Senior Interviewer, Bowdoin Central Mentoring, Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Bowdoin Women in Science, Mellon Humanities Fellow, Inter-House Council, Quinby House, Bowdoin Outing Club.

How I Found Bowdoin: Growing up just outside New York as well as Boston, I was excited about the opportunity to live somewhere more off the beaten path for a few years. I hiked and skied in Maine throughout my entire childhood so it seemed like a second home already. I knew I wanted to be in a place where people valued education, community, and the outdoors, so Bowdoin was high on my list. During the application process a graduate of my high school took me under her wing and gave me insight into life at Bowdoin. In meeting her friends, I understood how friendly and supportive the campus was and knew it was a community I wanted to be a part of.

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Ben Hopkins

Ben Hopkins

Hometown: Staffordshire, UK
Majors: Math & Education
Minor: Government & Legal Studies

Involvements: Bowdoin Student Government, Curling Team, Outing Club, Admissions Tour Guide, Dining Services employee.

How I Found Bowdoin:  A Fulbright program for British state-school students introduced me to 100 top colleges across the United States and Bowdoin really stood out. After visiting the campus for two hours during a summer school, I was convinced that Bowdoin was truly amazing and that I would apply!

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Shekinah Pettway

Shekinah Pettway

Hometown: Baldwin, NY
Major: Francophone Studies
Minor: Biology

Involvements: Research Assistant in the Biology Department, Microbiology Laboratory Equipment Assistant, Academic Mentor for First-Year Students, French Tutor, Admissions Tour Guide, Admissions Senior Interviewer, A cappella, Track and Field Team.  

How I Found Bowdoin: In searching for colleges, I desired to be at an institution that would provide me with resources and a community that would support my academic interests. My college advisor encouraged me to apply to Bowdoin, confident that I would mature as a student there. After interviewing and visiting the campus, I felt a strong sense of community and academic commitment from the professors and students that I knew I wanted to be included in.

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Phoebe Thompson

Phoebe Thompson

Hometown: Whipple, OH
Majors: Earth & Oceanographic Science, Hispanic Studies

Involvements: Leader of the Coalition for Expanding the Reach of Earth Science, Oceanography Teaching Assistant, Admissions Senior Interviewer, Events staff member, OneCard Office front desk staff, 2017 champion of Bowdoin's annual Birdathon.

How I Found Bowdoin: I initially learned about Bowdoin when I was a junior in high school just beginning the college search. At that point, I had no search criteria other than "small, liberal arts school," but after stumbling across the website and researching extensively, I decided that Bowdoin was the place for me. That summer, my parents happened to be instructors at a bird watching camp in Maine, so I was able to visit and interview. The moment I set foot on campus for the first time, I had one of those cliché movie moments where everything clicked, and I haven't looked back since!

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