Student Profiles

Daisy Wislar ’18

Daisy Wislar ’18
July 26, 2016 06:02pm

Since starting my Bowdoin career, I have been provided with infinite resources to grow as a student, a friend, and a leader. With help from the ResLife staff, over the course of my two years here I have conquered personal and academic hurdles, gained deep and formative friendships, and learned so much about myself, my peers, and the Bowdoin community. I wanted to join ResLife because I see being a house proctor as the ideal way to provide other students with the same growth experience I had. ResLife is also a great way to immerse myself in this awesome community that I love.

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Position: Helmreich House Proctor
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Major: Sociology; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Since starting my Bowdoin career, I have been provided with infinite resources to grow as a student, a friend, and a leader. With help from the ResLife staff, over the course of my two years here I have conquered personal and academic hurdles, gained deep and formative friendships, and learned so much about myself, my peers, and the Bowdoin community. I wanted to join ResLife because I see being a house proctor as the ideal way to provide other students with the same growth experience I had. ResLife is also a great way to immerse myself in this awesome community that I love. Next year, I’m most excited to get to know more of my peers and plan fun adventures with my house to places like Popham Beach or Portland!

My advice for first-years is don’t be afraid to ask for help! Between ResLife, your professors, the Dean’s Office, and the many resource centers on campus, there are so many people who want you to have the best Bowdoin experience possible. You don’t have to face the big transition to college alone—this realization was so valuable for me, and I wish I had sought support from the very beginning of my time at Bowdoin. My other piece of advice is get ice cream from Cote’s! The Double Fudge Brownie is a personal favorite.

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Chris Hernandez ’18

Chris Hernandez ’18
July 26, 2016 05:57pm

As a member of Peer Health, I have enjoyed seeing the intellectual and emotional growth of the group. Without getting into too much detail, I feel completely at ease talking about my experiences as a gay person of color from an underprivileged background because of the willingness of the group to understand people like me and to grow as individuals as a result. In addition, I have enjoyed meeting first years, hearing their stories, and helping them learn how to navigate Bowdoin in a healthy manner through our P-2-P program.

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Position: Peer Health
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Major: Government and Legal Studies Minor: Economics

My Peer-2-Peer (P-2-P) was an extremely positive experience that inspired me to join the group at the end of my first year. Being a first-generation student, I had no idea what to expect from college and the first two months leading up to my P-2-P were extremely difficult. From making friends to navigating the social scene, I felt out of place and I wasn’t able to talk to somebody who understood how I felt until my P-2-P. During this meeting, my Peer Health mentor was compassionate about my situation and, being a sophomore at the time, she was able to quell some of the fears I had about the future. As a member, I have enjoyed seeing the intellectual and emotional growth of the group. Without getting into too much detail, I feel completely at ease talking about my experiences as a gay person of color from an underprivileged background because of the willingness of the group to understand people like me and to grow as individuals as a result. In addition, I have enjoyed meeting first years, hearing their stories, and helping them learn how to navigate Bowdoin in a healthy manner through our P-2-P program.

As a first-year, I wish I would have known about all of the resources available at Bowdoin. I have had the pleasure of meeting with members of the Center for Multicultural Life and the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity at different times over the past two years, and both places have been extremely accommodating during rough times. There is also a network of other wonderful humans like professors and deans who are extremely compassionate and understanding. The Health Center and the Counseling Center are two equally amazing resources that I wish more people would take advantage of; remember that all of these places are here to help you have the best experience possible here!

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Sydney Avitia-Jacques ’18

Sydney Avitia-Jacques ’18
July 26, 2016 05:53pm

I wanted to join Peer Health mostly because I was interested in programming for a specific health issue, body satisfaction. I wanted to help other people talk about it and have more conversations about it myself. One of my favorite parts of my sophomore year was developing and implementing Bowdoin Athletics Body Satisfaction (BABS), a growing program that facilitates conversations among athletes about their teams’ body satisfaction cultures. Peer Health gave me the platform and skills to do something about an issue that I really care about. The other reason I wanted to join was to learn what health issues other people were passionate about, and that’s been the most awesome part by far. By having honest conversations about things I don’t talk about every day, I’ve gotten to know some really cool people.

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Position: Peer Health, Burnett House Resident '15-'16
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Sociology Minor: Cinema Studies
I wanted to join Peer Health mostly because I was interested in programming for a specific health issue, body satisfaction. I wanted to help other people talk about it and have more conversations about it myself. One of my favorite parts of my sophomore year was developing and implementing Bowdoin Athletics Body Satisfaction (BABS), a growing program that facilitates conversations among athletes about their teams’ body satisfaction cultures. Peer Health gave me the platform and skills to do something about an issue that I really care about. The other reason I wanted to join was to learn what health issues other people were passionate about, and that’s been the most awesome part by far. By having honest conversations about things I don’t talk about every day, I’ve gotten to know some really cool people.

My advice to first-years is to get off campus and make adventure friends! You don’t really know your roommate until you’ve been to the Brunswick Diner at 3 a.m., stargazed in a field, or played hide seek at Fort Andross Storage together. In all seriousness, I think it’s important to remind yourself that you CAN get off campus, and make your Bowdoin world as big and as open as you want it to be. It’s easy to feel comfortable on campus once you get settled, but it also feels great to find a cool new place on your own, and sharing that with friends is a great way to get to know people in a new context. There are a lot of beautiful places you can find by walking! Even exploring new buildings on campus can really make Bowdoin feel bigger (…I went in Hatch a couple times once).

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Angela Wunderlich ’19

Angela Wunderlich ’19
July 26, 2016 05:49pm

I think the College House system is a unique and important part of the Bowdoin Community. As a first year, I had a wonderful buddy who welcomed me not only into her house community, but into what felt like the Bowdoin community as well. For first years, I think the house system is a great way to meet people and get involved in campus in many sorts of ways outside of classes. I wanted to become involved with the college house system, because I hope to help foster a welcoming, fun, and strong community for the first years as well as the rest of Bowdoin's campus. I think the College House system has ample opportunity to grow and continue to serve Bowdoin's community and Brunswick's community and I am so lucky to be a part of it this coming year!

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Position: Baxter House President
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Major: Undecided, but thinking Romance Languages

​I think the College House system is a unique and important part of the Bowdoin Community. As a first year, I had a wonderful buddy who welcomed me not only into her house community, but into what felt like the Bowdoin community as well. For first years, I think the house system is a great way to meet people and get involved in campus in many sorts of ways outside of classes. I wanted to become involved with the college house system, because I hope to help foster a welcoming, fun, and strong community for the first years as well as the rest of Bowdoin's campus. I think the College House system has ample opportunity to grow and continue to serve Bowdoin's community and Brunswick's community and I am so lucky to be a part of it this coming year!
Baxter House will be a great team, I think, because there are so many different, dynamic, and interesting personalities which will make for great housemates and great people to plan events for campus with. I think it'll be a new year for Baxter, too, due to all of the different interests and passions of the people in the house. I think being a sophomore and knowing what it's like to have a year under my belt at Bowdoin, combined with a great community to come back to, will make for a great Sophomore year can I just say I'm excited for everything?

My one piece of advice is to not sell yourself short! At Bowdoin, people excel at so many different things and it can definitely be intimidating. Just remember that you were accepted for a reason and have something great to offer our community, too. Also, bring a drying rack for your laundry. Between my four roommates and I, ours got lots of use.

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Tobi Omola ’19

Tobi Omola ’19
July 26, 2016 05:41pm

I wanted to be involved with the College House System because I aspire to have a first-hand role in organizing the events that the campus hosts. Likewise, by living in Ladd I will be able to help mold a welcoming environment for not only first-years but for the entire Bowdoin community. I also wanted to be involved with the College House System because I want to be exposed to the resources and organizations at Bowdoin that I have not yet explored. This coming year, I am most excited about seeing friends that I will not see all summer and for singing with the Longfellows once again. I am also excited because I get to live in the best college house with the best people -- Ladd House.

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Position: Ladd House Programming Director
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Music Government and Legal Studies, Minor: Africana Studies

I wanted to be involved with the College House System because I aspire to have a first-hand role in organizing the events that the campus hosts. Likewise, by living in Ladd I will be able to help mold a welcoming environment for not only first-years but for the entire Bowdoin community. I also wanted to be involved with the College House System because I want to be exposed to the resources and organizations at Bowdoin that I have not yet explored. This coming year, I am most excited about seeing friends that I will not see all summer and for singing with the Longfellows once again. I am also excited because I get to live in the best college house with the best people Ladd House.

I advise first-years to embark on their Bowdoin journeys with an open-mind. I highly encourage them to join as many clubs and organizations, as long as it does not get too overwhelming. By getting involved from the start, first-years will be able to figure out which parts of Bowdoin that they like and can relate to the most. It is easy to drop clubs that one might not like as much as others, but by signing up for many, first-years have the chance to explore different communities within Bowdoin. Likewise, I advise first-years to make friends with Will Bucci. Super nice guy.

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Gina Fickera ’18

Gina Fickera ’18
July 26, 2016 05:28pm

Like many freshmen students, I faced some challenges during my first year in college – dealing with Maine’s harsh winter and suffering from homesickness didn’t exactly help with adjusting to the intense workload. However, with constant support from the school’s staff and all the friends I had made, I was able to turn those tough situations into valuable experiences. By the end of my first year, I knew I wanted to pay it forward to the Bowdoin community. Becoming a Residential Life Assistant has helped me accomplish that goal, and it has been one of the most rewarding things I could ever imagine. To be given trust when an individual opens up to you, seeks your guidance, or needs your support, in addition to the fact that the Office relies on me to do such life-changing work on campus, really stimulates my internal reward system. Not only do I get the opportunities to learn important life skills, positively shape my community, and continually give back, I also get to go into each day witnessing the people around me grow, love, and learn who they really are. I think that makes all other aspects of life more inspirational and fulfilling.

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Position: Chamberlain Hall RA
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Major: Neuroscience, Dance

Like many freshmen students, I faced some challenges during my first year in college – dealing with Maine’s harsh winter and suffering from homesickness didn’t exactly help with adjusting to the intense workload. However, with constant support from the school’s staff and all the friends I had made, I was able to turn those tough situations into valuable experiences. By the end of my first year, I knew I wanted to pay it forward to the Bowdoin community. Becoming a Residential Life Assistant has helped me accomplish that goal, and it has been one of the most rewarding things I could ever imagine. To be given trust when an individual opens up to you, seeks your guidance, or needs your support, in addition to the fact that the Office relies on me to do such life-changing work on campus, really stimulates my internal reward system. Not only do I get the opportunities to learn important life skills, positively shape my community, and continually give back, I also get to go into each day witnessing the people around me grow, love, and learn who they really are. I think that makes all other aspects of life more inspirational and fulfilling.

I have two pieces of advice for incoming first-year students: 1.) Really seek out and take hold of the opportunities Bowdoin presents you with. Make networking a mission about discovering value in each person you meet. You never know the doors that could be opened for you with a little help from the school’s pool of resources (professors, advisors, deans, your RA, fellow students, clubs, libraries, community members, etc…). Utilizing these resources will help you get the best out of your college experience. So rather than trying to handle an extreme college workload all on your own, never hesitate to ask for help! 2.) Allow yourself the time to find your niche or friend group on campus. You don’t have to find these things right away, but I believe it’s important to communicate your passions and connect with others during your time here. Aside from academics, college is also about unearthing/pursuing new interests and building relationships that will last a lifetime.

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Cedric Charlier ’17

Cedric Charlier ’17
July 26, 2016 05:15pm

I wanted to join Residential Life largely because of my first year proctor. She was and is a major role model for me. She really made me fall in love with Bowdoin and all it has to offer. I also noticed that Residential Life amplified her natural ability to bring different people together. By the end of my first year I knew I wanted to emulate her and pass along her lessons as best I could. I never thought Residential Life would influence me in the ways it has, but I can’t be more thankful that it did. I’ve really enjoyed being pushed to see new perspectives and understand where people are coming from. We engage in some of the most difficult conversations I can think of, but we do so knowing we have a safety net in our fellow Residential Life staff -who are some of the nicest people around.

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Position: Head RA, Harpswell Apartments
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Major: Government and Legal Studies

I wanted to join Residential Life largely because of my first year proctor. She was and is a major role model for me. She really made me fall in love with Bowdoin and all it has to offer. I also noticed that Residential Life amplified her natural ability to bring different people together. By the end of my first year I knew I wanted to emulate her and pass along her lessons as best I could. I never thought Residential Life would influence me in the ways it has, but I can’t be more thankful that it did. I’ve really enjoyed being pushed to see new perspectives and understand where people are coming from. We engage in some of the most difficult conversations I can think of, but we do so knowing we have a safety net in our fellow Residential Life staff -who are some of the nicest people around.

My biggest piece of advice for first years is to embrace change. Transitioning from high school to college is inherently challenging. In my experience, accepting the need to grow has helped to deal with the challenges that change brings. You’ll get the most out of your Bowdoin experience if you try your hardest to keep a growth mindset. Don’t let yourself be discouraged by uncomfortable moments. If Residential Life has taught me one thing, it is that moving outside of your comfort zone is the best way to push yourself and to open doors you never thought you could. ​

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Rebkah Tesfamariam ’18

Rebkah Tesfamariam ’18
August 10, 2015 07:04pm

No matter where you come from, transitioning to college is hard sometimes. Luckily, I felt that I had a strong support system at Bowdoin to help me through those times of home sickness. Now I feel like it's my turn to return the favor! ResLife will allow me to help other students feel at home at Bowdoin. I am super excited about meeting my new proctees and building a little floor family. Also, I can't wait to be apart of the strong ResLife community on campus. I'm looking forward to those weekly meetings to get to know more people!

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Position: Head Proctor, Osher Hall
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major/Minor: Gender, Women's Studies Major, Chemistry Minor, Pre-medicine track

No matter where you come from, transitioning to college is hard sometimes. Luckily, I felt that I had a strong support system at Bowdoin to help me through those times of home sickness. Now I feel like it's my turn to return the favor! ResLife will allow me to help other students feel at home at Bowdoin.

I am super excited about meeting my new proctees and building a little floor family. Also, I can't wait to be apart of the strong ResLife community on campus. I'm looking forward to those weekly meetings to get to know more people!

My biggest piece of advice for first-years is to try new things when you get on campus! Whether it's the squash team, poetry-slam club, or an art history class, you could never go wrong with stepping outside of your comfort zone. Not only may you find out that you have some hidden talents, but it'll also give you an opportunity to meet new people all the time.

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Joseph Lace ’17

Joseph Lace ’17
August 10, 2015 07:01pm

Being on Peer Health has been immensely important to my development as a Bowdoin student. On a whim, freshman year, I applied for Peer Health and was lucky enough to be granted a spot. Since, I've met many incredible students, some who I would never see outside of Peer Health, and I've made lasting relationships which serve to enrich and deepen my Bowdoin experience. Some of the friends I have made have been and will be with me throughout my Bowdoin career and, for that, I am grateful.

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Position: Coles Tower Head RA, Peer Health Leadership
Hometown: Pascoag, Rhode Island
Major: Double Major in Government and Sociology
I wanted to join ResLife, especially as a house proctor, because I wanted to represent the school in a different way. I wanted to be able to live among my peers and enjoy the atmosphere of a College House while contributing to the larger community support system that a House fosters.

Being on Peer Health has been immensely important to my development as a Bowdoin student. On a whim, freshman year, I applied for Peer Health and was lucky enough to be granted a spot. Since, I've met many incredible students, some who I would never see outside of Peer Health, and I've made lasting relationships which serve to enrich and deepen my Bowdoin experience. Some of the friends I have made have been and will be with me throughout my Bowdoin career and, for that, I am grateful.

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