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 courseload, campus housing, the social life, the ins-and-outs. The students below are available via email at askastudent@bowdoin.edu.

Marc Berson

Marc Berson

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Major: Computer Science/Government and Legal Studies
Minor: Russian

Involvements: Bowdoin Men's Varsity Swim Team, Club Water Polo, Finance Society, Outing Club member, OutAllies member and Quinby College House resident

How I Found Bowdoin: My parents, both professors at a large state university, knew that I was interested in a smaller liberal arts college.  They had colleagues who had attended Bowdoin, and my parents connected me with these individuals who recounted the amazing experiences that they had at the school. I subsequently visited several times and found that Bowdoin offered the combination of elite academics, athletics, and commitment to the Common Good, which made Bowdoin the optimal choice for me.

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Bri Bishop

Bri Bishop

Hometown: Bowdoin, ME
Major: Government and Legal Studies
Minor: Cinema Studies

Involvements: Writing Assistant in Bowdoin's Center for Learning and Teaching, Bowdoin Film Society, Study Abroad in Dublin, writer for The Bowdoin Orient

How I Found Bowdoin: Growing up in the Brunswick area, Bowdoin has always been a part of my life in different ways. I grew up going to hockey games on campus, attending plays in Pickard Theater, and sitting with my friends on the quad. In high school, I wrote a research paper that required me to use Bowdoin's library and journal resources. I discovered that not only was Bowdoin involved in the community in ways that were meaningful to me, but also that the academics and the resources here were what I was looking for in a college. When it came time to apply to college in my senior year, it was a given that I would be applying to Bowdoin.

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Ethan Crow

Ethan Crow

Hometown: Gurnee, IL
Major: Sociology and Computer Science

Involvements: Bowdoin Food Co-op, IT Advisory Committee, Student Admissions Volunteer Organization, Office of Digital and Social Media Assistant, Schuler Scholarship Program 

How I found Bowdoin: I was fortunate to visit many schools in New England with my own scholarship program from high school. Although it was hard to remember the differences between all the colleges I saw, I remember the people and the deans at Bowdoin, and the energy they brought to my short two-hour visit. Later, I had the opportunity to return to campus for a fly-in program. I was overwhelmed by how much time people were willing to spend just get to know me and answer my questions. It was that sort of culture and environment that really brought me here. 

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Lucia Gibbard

Lucia Gibbard

Hometown: Doncaster, UK
Major: Government and Legal Studies
Minor: History

Involvement on campus: Bowdoin Student Government, The Orient, Student Assistant in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, McKeen Center for the Common Good, Quinby House Resident

How I found Bowdoin: Having grown up in a rural town in Northern England, I knew I wanted to go further afield for college. The US seemed to be the perfect choice as having a liberal arts education would allow me to experience many different subjects before choosing my major, unlike in the UK. As a student on the Sutton Trust US Programme for first generation, state school UK students, I received guidance on applying to US colleges. One day, I was joking about how I needed excellent food at college, and the Sutton Trust suggested I look at Bowdoin. After much research, the food was still an appeal but the main thing that struck me about Bowdoin was how welcoming the community is. I applied Early Decision and did not get the chance to visit before the day I arrived for Orientation - but I knew straight away that Bowdoin was the place for me.

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Kevin Hernandez

Kevin Hernandez

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Biology/Gender and Women's Studies

Involvements: Bowdoin Student Government, Latin American Student Organization, Elementary School Mentor (Falcon Friends), Questbridge Liaison, Student Affairs Working Group on Equity and Inclusion and Alternative Spring Break Leader, Residential Life Staff

How I Found Bowdoin: I was looking for a college that was radically different from Los Angeles, CA in pace, climate, atmosphere - so pretty much in everything. So, why not start in Maine I thought. Eventually, through the Questbridge program, I stumbled upon Bowdoin and I thought that I should give it a chance. I found out that they offered fly-in programs, so I applied and went to visit not knowing what to expect. But, once I got to Bowdoin I knew it was a completely different place than I had ever been in before. It was so different and comfortable that I automatically knew Bowdoin was the place that I could individually grow more and have my presence matter.

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Hy Khong

Hy Khong

Hometown: Bothell, WA
Major: Visual Arts
Minor: French

Involvement on campus: Photo-Editor and Reporter for the Orient, the Bowdoin Outing Club, Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity

How I Found Bowdoin: A good friend of mine from high school (who is also here at Bowdoin now) and I were sifting through a pile of college pamphlets when we stumbled upon Bowdoin’s.  We both agreed it was beautifully designed and realized the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Scott Meiklejohn, was going to be visiting Seattle that week. I signed up to interview and learn more about Bowdoin, and the rest is history! 

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Phoebe Kranefuss

Phoebe Kranefuss

Hometown: Mill Valley, CA
Major: English and French

Involvements: Club lacrosse, Bellamafia (all-women's a cappella), Women's Resource Center, Admissions Office

How I found Bowdoin: My mom is a Bowdoin alumna and went here in the 80's, so I grew up convinced I'd go somewhere else. Then when I visited, I fell in love with the collaborative academic environment, the extremely gifted yet humble student body, and the sense of community present on campus. I wanted to study English in Mass Hall, hang out in the Smith Union, and slackline on the quad with my friends. I had changed my mind: I was sure Bowdoin was the place for me!

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Adira Polite

Adira Polite

Hometown: Memphis,TN
Major: Earth and Oceanographic Science
Minor: Government or Economics (undecided)

Involvements: The Orient, Chair of the Bowdoin Queer Straight Alliance, African American Society, Employee at Hawthorne-Longfellow Library

How I found Bowdoin: My high school, in conjunction with two other private schools in my town, holds an annual college fair. I attended these occasionally throughout high school, yet didn't find Bowdoin until the late fall of my senior year. By then, I was well into the search process and had mostly finalized both my college list. I had even finished most of my applications, but my mother had convinced me to go to this final college fair "just in case." I was pretty burnt out and didn't want to engage much at the fair; however, something drew me to the Bowdoin table and I ended up bringing a few brochures and pamphlets home. I ended up deciding to apply but didn't think much about it until I received a letter of acceptance and invitation to visit campus through the Bowdoin Experience weekend program. Within a few hours of being on campus, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this community. In fact, I accepted the offer of admission before returning home!

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Martin Shott

Martin Shott

Hometown: Newcastle, ME
Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Government & Legal Studies

Involvement on campus: Bowdoin Rowing, Orient Staff Writer, Student Admissions Volunteer Organization, Safe Space, EMT at a local Fire Department, Former MacMillian House Resident.

How I found Bowdoin: Growing up in Midcoast Maine, I’ve experienced Bowdoin’s campus for as long as I can remember. Between middle school visits to the Art Museum and high school lacrosse games on the turf field, Bowdoin felt like a fundamental part of the local community. When I seriously considered attending Bowdoin and attended a summer tour and info session, the enthusiasm and friendliness of the students stuck out for me through the rest of the college process. The Bowdoin community had already felt like home, which made for an easy decision when the time came.

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Julian Tamayo

Julian Tamayo

Hometown: McLean, VA
Major: Art History
Minor: Education Studies

Involvements: Head Tour Guide, Admissions Diversity Outreach Intern, Student Coordinator for the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Senior Class Gift Campaign Junior Intern, Bowdoin Student Government, Student Affairs Working Group on Equity and Inclusion, yogi-in-training and former Ladd House President

How I Found Bowdoin: The college search process was new for my family and me. Since my mother went to college in Colombia, I did much of the research on schools in the U.S. on my own. What I immediately realized was that I had an interest in going to a small liberal arts college. The thought of a residential community that valued intellectual curiosity as well as the Common Good really excited me. Within moments of arriving on campus through a fly-in program, I knew Bowdoin was the place for me.

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