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.

Marc Berson

Marc Berson

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Majors: Computer Science/Government and Legal Studies
Minor: Russian

Involvements: Bowdoin Men's Varsity Swim Team, Club Water Polo, Finance Society, Outing Club member, OutAllies member and Quinby College House resident

How I Found Bowdoin: My parents, both professors at a large state university, knew that I was interested in a smaller liberal arts college.  They had colleagues who had attended Bowdoin, and my parents connected me with these individuals who recounted the amazing experiences that they had at the school. I subsequently visited several times and found that Bowdoin offered the combination of elite academics, athletics, and commitment to the Common Good, which made Bowdoin the optimal choice for me.

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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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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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Ethan Crow

Ethan Crow

Hometown: Gurnee, IL
Majors: Sociology and Computer Science

Involvements: Bowdoin Food Co-op, IT Advisory Committee, Student Admissions Volunteer Organization, Office of Digital and Social Media Assistant, Schuler Scholarship Program 

How I found Bowdoin: I was fortunate to visit many schools in New England with my own scholarship program from high school. Although it was hard to remember the differences between all the colleges I saw, I remember the people and the deans at Bowdoin, and the energy they brought to my short two-hour visit. Later, I had the opportunity to return to campus for a fly-in program. I was overwhelmed by how much time people were willing to spend just get to know me and answer my questions. It was that sort of culture and environment that really brought me here. 

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Lucia Gibbard

Lucia Gibbard

Hometown: Doncaster, UK
Majors: Government and Legal Studies
Minor: History

Involvement on campus: Bowdoin Student Government, The Orient, Student Assistant in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, McKeen Center for the Common Good, Quinby House Resident

How I found Bowdoin: Having grown up in a rural town in Northern England, I knew I wanted to go further afield for college. The US seemed to be the perfect choice as having a liberal arts education would allow me to experience many different subjects before choosing my major, unlike in the UK. As a student on the Sutton Trust US Programme for first generation, state school UK students, I received guidance on applying to US colleges. One day, I was joking about how I needed excellent food at college, and the Sutton Trust suggested I look at Bowdoin. After much research, the food was still an appeal but the main thing that struck me about Bowdoin was how welcoming the community is. I applied Early Decision and did not get the chance to visit before the day I arrived for Orientation - but I knew straight away that Bowdoin was the place for me.

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Kevin Hernandez

Kevin Hernandez

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Sociology/Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Involvements: Bowdoin Student Government, Latin American Student Organization, Elementary School Mentor (Falcon Friends), Questbridge Liaison, Student Affairs Working Group on Equity and Inclusion and Alternative Spring Break Leader, Residential Life Staff

How I Found Bowdoin: I was looking for a college that was radically different from Los Angeles, CA in pace, climate, atmosphere - so pretty much in everything. So, why not start in Maine I thought. Eventually, through the Questbridge program, I stumbled upon Bowdoin and I thought that I should give it a chance. I found out that they offered fly-in programs, so I applied and went to visit not knowing what to expect. But, once I got to Bowdoin I knew it was a completely different place than I had ever been in before. It was so different and comfortable that I automatically knew Bowdoin was the place that I could individually grow more and have my presence matter.

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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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Adira Polite

Adira Polite

Hometown: Memphis,TN
Major: Earth and Oceanographic Science
Minor: Government or Economics (undecided)

Involvements: The Orient, Chair of the Bowdoin Queer Straight Alliance, African American Society, Employee at Hawthorne-Longfellow Library

How I found Bowdoin: My high school, in conjunction with two other private schools in my town, holds an annual college fair. I attended these occasionally throughout high school, yet didn't find Bowdoin until the late fall of my senior year. By then, I was well into the search process and had mostly finalized both my college list. I had even finished most of my applications, but my mother had convinced me to go to this final college fair "just in case." I was pretty burnt out and didn't want to engage much at the fair; however, something drew me to the Bowdoin table and I ended up bringing a few brochures and pamphlets home. I ended up deciding to apply but didn't think much about it until I received a letter of acceptance and invitation to visit campus through the Bowdoin Experience weekend program. Within a few hours of being on campus, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this community. In fact, I accepted the offer of admission before returning home!

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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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