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Cassidy Bateman '24 (she/her)


Hometown: 
Missoula, MT

Major/Minor: Chemistry (Major); Theater (Minor)

Why Bowdoin? Hands down, the community. I love how kind the people are, how willing they are to lend a hand, and how much everyone really wants to work together to collaborate. Going to school on the other side of the country is scary, but when you have so many amazing people around you, it makes it much easier and soon Bowdoin begins to feel like home. 

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Narmer Bazile '25 (he/him)


Hometown: 
Shelton, CT

Major/Minor: Mathematics and Computer Sciences (Majors).

Campus Involvement: Outside of classes, I enjoy participating in theater, attending the Mindfulness Over Matter meetings (a student run meditation group), and helping grade for the Computer Science Department. 

Why Bowdoin? What really drew me to Bowdoin is the awesome sense of community, support, and long lasting connections that that are fostered here — it really helps me to feel that I have a voice here on campus. 

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Esther Fernandez Rosario '23 (she/her)


Hometown: 
Santiago, Dominican Republic/ Boston, MA

Major/Minor: Education, Hispanic Studies (Majors); English (Minor)

Why Bowdoin? I like Bowdoin because it allows me to explore the outdoors and an expansive Bowdoin network of people and opportunities while also giving me the individualized support that I need to succeed as a learner and a human! As a learner, I have felt challenged and supported. As a first generation student, I have found a second family in my professors to support and nourish me.

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Zunain Husain '25 (he/him)


Hometown: 
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Major/Minor: Mathematics, Economics (Majors); Asian Studies (Minor)

Campus Involvement: Club Soccer, Bowdoin Outing Club - Trip Leader, Campus Tour Guide, South-Asian Student Association, Muslim Student Alliance.

Why Bowdoin? For college, I wanted to be somewhere with close-knit community. Bowdoin seemed to be a great fit for this as most students live on campus and the class sizes are relatively small. This makes it easy for me to meet new people and stay connected with my friends.

On a different note, when talking to Bowdoin students I noticed that everyone here is involved with so many different kinds of activities outside of their academics. It was very important for me to have a meaningful co-curricular experience when in college and Bowdoin provides me with that opportunity.

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Anna Kelly '24 (she/her)


Hometown:
Seattle, WA

Major/Minor: Psychology (Major); Hispanic Studies (Minor). 

Campus Involvement: Tour guide, women's lacrosse, community service chair of Bowdoin Student Athlete Advisory committee, photographer for fashion magazine on campus. 

Why Bowdoin? I like Bowdoin because it allows me to explore the outdoors and an expansive Bowdoin network of people and opportunities while also giving me the individualized support that I need to succeed as a learner and a human! As a learner, I have felt challenged and supported. As a first generation student, I have found a second family in my professors to support and nourish me.

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Yassine Khayati '25 (he/him)


Hometown: 
Tunis, Tunisia

Major/Minor: Undeclared (Most likely Psychology, potentially double major with Digital and Computational Studies).

Campus Involvement: When I am not studying, I like to be involved with the Peucinian society which is a cool society that meets every Thursday to debate interesting topics (we do a lot more, but you must join to know the secrets!). I am also a member of the mindfulness over matter group, where I like to explore meditations and take a break from schoolwork.

Why Bowdoin? I chose Bowdoin because of its great location and proximity to the ocean, its great community and most importantly the emphasis on the liberal arts education. So far, I believe I made the right choice!

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Rory Kliewer '24 (she/they)


Hometown: 
Minneapolis, MN

Major/Minor: Biology (Major); Education (Minor)

Why Bowdoin? I wanted to attend a school that provided a rigorous education while cultivating a sense of community. Being at Bowdoin offered me a way to challenge my academic expectations of myself while being able to work with my peers and instructors rather than competing with them. And the proximity to the ocean doesn’t hurt—I’d say that’s my favorite place to go when I need a break, whether it’s just a few minutes at a boat launch or a weekend at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center. 

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Bridget Patterson '23 (they/she)


Hometown: 
New York City, NY

Major/Minor: Biology (Ecology evolution and marine biology); Earth and Oceanographic minor.

Why Bowdoin? On campus, I'm involved in Masque and Gown (student run theater), House of Hearts (asexual and aromantic alliance group), and do research in the biology department. I chose Bowdoin because of the community. In visiting, I found that every Bowdoin student had at least 5 things they could talk your ear off about. Whether it was something they were learning in their classes, or researching, or doing in their extracurriculars, Bowdoin students are learning and want to share their learning with everyone who will listen. That collaborative approach to learning and the fact that learning happened everywhere within the college really interested me.

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Roger Wilder '25 (he/him)


Hometown: 
Sandia Park, NM

Major/Minor: Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (Major); Japanese (Minor). 

Campus Involvement: Ultimate Frisbee, Club Tennis, Longfellows A Capella, Campus Tour Guide, Bowdoin Naturalist Club, Marine Biology Research Assistant, Japanese Student Association

Why Bowdoin? I chose Bowdoin for a variety of reasons. First of all, I wanted to attend a liberal arts school where I could balance STEM and humanities while majoring in biology and studying Japanese and history as well. I wanted a small school where I would be able to get to know many students and my teachers well, and I also hoped to explore a forested and coastal area of the United States. Bowdoin has fulfilled all those hopes and more! The best thing about Bowdoin is the community, as I can walk into the dining hall for any meal and never have to eat alone. Students are extremely outgoing, unbelievably funny, and they are from all over the United States and world!

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