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Sarah Podmaniczky '08

Sarah Podmaniczky '08

Hometown: Millbrook, New York
Major: Double major in English and Government

Why did you choose to come to Bowdoin?
I was attracted to Bowdoin because of the people. From the moment I stepped onto campus for my overnight visit, I was surrounded by friendly individuals who were genuinely concerned about each other, their studies, and even me, a complete stranger interested in their school.

Why did you choose your major?
I chose English because I love to read and analyze literature. I also love the way that my professors are even more enthusiastic than I am about the books they teach! I chose government because I enjoy reading legal opinions, and I find international relations interesting and extremely relevant in today's globalized world.

What has been a course you especially enjoyed at Bowdoin?
Professor Shelley Deane, a native of the Republic of Ireland, led a lively Politics of Ireland class, replete with stories of her personal experiences in conflict negotiations. She used media perspectives, such as films and advertisements, to demonstrate various views on the history and nature of the Anglo-Irish relationship.

What professor or professors have especially inspired you during your time at Bowdoin?
Most of the ones I've worked with have inspired me! Professors Peter Coviello, Allen Springer, Gerald DiGiusto, Shelley Deane, and Aviva Briefel were particularly great, though. Each of these professors is clearly devoted to the subject he or she teaches, and they love to share that devotion and interest with their students. Every one of these professors leads stimulating class discussions that were challenging but thoroughly enjoyable. I find myself leaving their classes excited to return to the discussion later in the week.

What extracurricular or work experiences have you had at Bowdoin?
I am captain of the Bowdoin women's cross-country and squash teams, in addition to running outdoor track in the spring. I am also the vice president of Bowdoin's Polar Bear Swing Dance Club and I help lead the Bowdoin Debate Team. As for work, I devote my Sunday nights to the Tedford Singles Shelter, and I work at the circulation desk at Hatch Science Library on campus.

What have you done during your summers?
I stayed home in New York my first summer and worked at Marist College in the office of institutional research, writing an economic impact report for the college.

My second summer I studied Justice and Law at American University's Washington Semester Summer Program and interned at the U.S. Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C.

This past summer I was a junior fellow at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology while I, again, lived in D.C. During this time I interned at the Census Bureau, visited various statistical agencies in the city, and attended a weekly seminar on Survey Methodology. I also spent two weeks interning for a federal judge in southern Ohio.

What is your best Bowdoin memory?
There are so many.... One outstanding would definitely be our freshman mocktail party in the spring on the second floor of Hubbard Hall, when the Longfellows [one of Bowdoin's many campus a cappella groups] sang for us. The acoustics were beautiful, the food was great, and it was wonderful to see my friends in a semi-formal setting.

What are your plans for after graduation?
I am planning to attend law school after Bowdoin.

What advice would you give to a prospective student or first-year about the Bowdoin experience?
You can do as much as you want here—so try everything!

What quirky or fun thing did you wish you knew before you came to Bowdoin?
That lobsters are, in fact, delicious. I missed out on the lobster bake until this year!

Story posted on September 11, 2007

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