Dinner with Six Strangers

dinner plate

"The dinners are not about meeting six other people with whom you are going to become good friends. They're about offering the chance to make one connection. At this past dinner, I met Jim Ward of the math department. I'm not a math buff, so I would never have gotten the opportunity to speak with him except this one night. We ended up talking for 45 minutes after everyone else had left."
- Steve Gogolak '05

The concept behind Residential Life's "Dinner with Six Strangers" program is to bring together various people on campus who may not have the opportunity to interact otherwise. Students, faculty and staff register in advance to come to a free, catered dinner where they will be seated with six people that they likely have not interacted with during their time at Bowdoin. The goal of the program is to encourage students, faculty and staff to break out of their spheres, share their stories and eat delicious food. The dinner organizers put a list of questions on each table to turn to if discussions lagged, with suggestions such as "Describe the neighborhood where you grew up," "Would you rather be a snowflake, a water molecule, or a blizzard and why?" and "If you could go anywhere for winter break, where would you go and who would you take with you?"

There is one dinner per semester and it tends to fill up fast, so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible once the next date has been announced.