Story posted May 05, 2010
Author: Lucia Cowles '12
Bowdoin students often choose to room with classmates having similar interests. Leah Rubega ’10, Caitlin Hynes ’10, Shana Natelson ’10 and Christina Fish ’10, the residents of a Coles Tower quad, have taken that formula to the extreme. Four senior captains of three different varsity sports—basketball, hockey, and swimming and diving—these roommates share the highlights of living together as athletes, students, and friends during their final year at Bowdoin.
Bowdoin Magazine: Did you think about the fact that all four of you were going to be captains when you put together your block last year?
Christina Fish (Swimming and Diving): We didn't choose to live together because we are captains of sports teams, but being leaders in the athletic community has brought us closer as a room.
Leah Rubega (Basketball): It was also a benefit that we were all in season at the same time as that made our schedules more similar and easy to deal with.
B: What have you found to be helpful about all living together?
Shana Natelson (Hockey): Stepping into a visible leadership position comes with its own individual challenges, regardless of what is going on with your team. Living with three other women who are experiencing the same thing has provided a ton of support to me on a personal level. It's been great to come home and be able to leave the team behind for a few hours.
LR: I think living with three other captains actually helps me unwind better because I trust and respect them a lot and feel comfortable talking with them.
Caitlin Hynes (Basketball): I agree. I have lived with basketball players in the past, but it is incredibly beneficial to gain insight from friends who know what I am going through and can offer feedback from a different perspective.
CF: Cheesy as it sounds, being able to wind down with people who are facing similar versions of the same challenges has been a great way to enjoy the responsibility of being a captain and the privilege of being a senior.
B: What are the downfalls?
LR: The only downfall to living with three other captains who are also highly involved and busy in other aspects of campus is that sometimes I feel like I go days without seeing them and getting to spend time with them.
BM: On campus you are all leaders. What do you become when it's just the four of you in a room? Who takes charge? Who does the dishes?
SN: We're all good friends so it's easy to leave the "captain hat" aside when we're all just in the room. It's not all seriousness.
CF: It's so rare that we are all able to be in the same place at the same time that when we get the opportunity to hang out together, a little bit of messiness is the last thing on everyone's mind. Domesticity aside, I think that we all do a great job of give/take when we are together.
CH: After a tough day, it’s great to come back to a room where I know I will have someone to lift me up.