Hometown: East Brunswick, New Jersey
Major: Government and Legal Studies
Why did you choose to come to Bowdoin?
My father, Richard Schuberth, graduated from Bowdoin in the Class of 1971. I grew up on the Bowdoin legend, and had wanted to visit Bowdoin ever since I was little. I finally made it up to Brunswick during my junior year in high school and fell in love with the place. It was really exciting to be a part of an important family tradition. I also really appreciated the fact that Bowdoin was a small school with a tight-knit community feel to it. I had gone to a very large high school in New Jersey, and wanted to come to a place where I could get to know my classmates better.
Why did you choose you major?
I had begun to work on political campaigns back in New Jersey before coming to Bowdoin. Taking on a government major seemed like a great way to add some background to my activities as well as a way to gain some additional political connections. I knew that Bowdoin had one of the best government programs in the world and soon discovered why after I began taking classes with fantastic professors like Marc Hetherington, Paul Franco and Richard Morgan. I planned on pursuing a career in law when I entered Bowdoin, and thought that a government major would best prepare me for law school.
What has been your favorite course at Bowdoin?
That's a pretty tough question actually. I would have to say that Constitutional Law with Professor Morgan has been my favorite class at Bowdoin. Professor Morgan is extremely entertaining in class, and has a fantastic way of engaging students in the intricacies of Constitutional Law, while other professors would probably bore us to death! The man also has an incredible understanding of the Constitution and is a walking library of information about the Supreme Court. I learned more in Professor Morgan's class than in any other class at Bowdoin.
Have you engaged in any independent research while at Bowdoin?
I have completed two independent studies while at Bowdoin. My first study was with Professor Potholm, and it was a reflection on my involvement with the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign. I had taken a semester off from Bowdoin to serve as the Youth Director for the President's Maine campaign, and I worked on a study with Professor Potholm that critiqued the campaign activities we executed in Maine to try and win the state for Bush. I also contributed to a number of other independent studies outside of Bowdoin.
My second independent study was with Professor Morgan, and it examined the constitutional merits of Bowdoin's fraternity [elimination]. My father was a proud Kappa Sigma president at Bowdoin, and I was interested in finding out how such a strong fraternity system was eliminated in a relatively short time period, and how the college justified its elimination in light of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Both studies were very rewarding.
What extracurricular or work experiences have you had at Bowdoin?
My Bowdoin experience has been unique in that I have been involved in more activities outside of Bowdoin than on campus. I was involved in Bowdoin Student Government and the Debate Team my freshman year, but transitioned into republican politics my sophomore year when I was elected to serve as the chairman of the Maine College Republicans. Bowdoin has been incredible in its constant encouragement of my activities, and willingness to work with me to allow me to travel and fulfill my responsibilities across the state.
Did you study abroad during your time at Bowdoin?
I did not study abroad during my time at Bowdoin, but took the fall 2004 semester off to work full time on the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign. I lived in Hallowell, Maine, and worked out of Republican Party Headquarters in Augusta. The experience taught me a great deal about the political process and convinced me that a career in politics is exactly what I want to pursue after I graduate from Bowdoin.
What is your best Bowdoin memory?
I have compiled a number of great memories at Bowdoin. My best memories would to be the time spent with my friends at 20 Potter Street during my senior year. A bunch of my closest friends bought a great off-campus house and made it the hub of weekend (and oftentimes weekday) activities throughout the year. I have gotten much closer with my friends as a result, and the good times we have had together will remain some of my best Bowdoin memories.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I was elected to serve as the vice chairman of the Maine Republican Party in November of 2005. I will be working full-time in Augusta to lead our party's efforts to elect a republican house and senate, as well as a republican governor.
What advice would you give to a prospective student or first-year about the Bowdoin experience?
Bowdoin provides you with a plethora of fantastic opportunities both on and off campus. Find something that you are passionate about and pursue it as far as it will take you. Bowdoin offers you a great deal of free time and flexibility; it is up to you to make the most of it.