Ask A Student

The best resources on the Bowdoin student experience are Bowdoin students themselves.

We encourage you to have ongoing contact with a current Bowdoin student, one who has first-hand insight and can tell you about the professors, the course load, campus housing, the social life, the ins-and-outs. The students below are available via email at askastudent@bowdoin.edu.

Miriam Fraga

Miriam Fraga

Hometown: Waukegan, IL
Major: Religious Studies
Minor: Latin American Studies

Involvements: President of Masque & Gown (oldest student run theater group), RA for Residential Life, member of the Catholic Student Union, member of the Latin American Student Organization, work for the department of Theater and Dance.

How I Found Bowdoin: My college counselor was a Bowdoin alumna. After meeting with me a couple of times, she suggested looking at Bowdoin. I had never heard about Bowdoin or ever been to Maine. I ended up coming to visit Bowdoin through Explore Bowdoin and falling in love with the community on campus. I wanted to be in a place that nurtured both my academic and extracurricular interests and found that at Bowdoin when I came to visit and spent time getting to know the community.

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Praise Hall

Praise Hall

Hometown: Fridley, MN
Major: Undeclared

Involvements: Class Council, Residential Life, Bowdoin Outing Club, African American Society, Student Intern at Alumni Relations.

How I Found Bowdoin: I was first introduced to Bowdoin through an organization called Questbridge. However, after a fly-in visit to Bowdoin, I really became acquainted with the college.

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Sabina Hartnett

Sabina Hartnett

Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Majors: Mathematics & Computer Science, German

Involvements: Research Assistant in the Digital and Computational Studies Department, Admissions Senior Interviewer, Bowdoin Central Mentoring, Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Bowdoin Women in Science, Mellon Humanities Fellow, Inter-House Council, Quinby House, Bowdoin Outing Club.

How I Found Bowdoin: Growing up just outside New York as well as Boston, I was excited about the opportunity to live somewhere more off the beaten path for a few years. I hiked and skied in Maine throughout my entire childhood so it seemed like a second home already. I knew I wanted to be in a place where people valued education, community, and the outdoors, so Bowdoin was high on my list. During the application process a graduate of my high school took me under her wing and gave me insight into life at Bowdoin. In meeting her friends, I understood how friendly and supportive the campus was and knew it was a community I wanted to be a part of.

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Ben Hopkins

Ben Hopkins

Hometown: Staffordshire, UK
Majors: Math & Education
Minor: Government & Legal Studies

Involvements: Bowdoin Student Government, Curling Team, Outing Club, Admissions Tour Guide, Dining Services employee.

How I Found Bowdoin:  A Fulbright program for British state-school students introduced me to 100 top colleges across the United States and Bowdoin really stood out. After visiting the campus for two hours during a summer school, I was convinced that Bowdoin was truly amazing and that I would apply!

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