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Hometown: Brookline, New Hampshire
Major: Mathematics and Neuroscience
Campus involvement: Chamber Choir, America Counts Tutor, Researcher, Tour Guide, Student Admissions Volunteer Organization, Programming Chair for MacMillan House, BowdoinCollegeTEDx, Summer Health Class Trainer/Instructor, Club Basketball, and various McKeen Center Programs.
How I found Bowdoin: I came across Bowdoin when reading about volunteerism in U.S colleges during my sophomore year of high school. I ended up visiting Bowdoin at the very start of my college search, immediately fell in love with the Offer of the College, and then bought a key lanyard in a fit of excitement. For the rest of my high school career, that lanyard followed me; no matter what I did for clubs or where I went to visit schools, Bowdoin was always on the back of my mind. From that first contact, Brunswick has been a second home to me. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else and, thus, decided to apply early decision. I have never regretted a moment.
Hometown: Mystic, Connecticut
Major: History/English double major
Minor: Asian Studies
Campus involvement: George J. Mitchell Special Collections & Archives, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library circulation desk, Bowdoin College concert band, Bowdoin chamber ensemble, admissions head tour guide, history teaching assistant, programming chair of MacMillan House
How I found Bowdoin: I knew early in my college search that I wanted a small, tight-knit community, so I looked through a variety of college guidebooks to find schools that fit this description. Through these, Bowdoin stood out as a place where I would be able to really grow as a student and thrive socially, so I came to interview and eventually stayed for an overnight visit. After that visit, I knew Bowdoin was the ideal fit for me due to the collaborative nature of the students and the high levels of engagement I saw across campus.
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Minor: Hispanic Studies
Campus involvement: Receptionist at the admissions office, Student Assistant at the Media Commons in HL, Programming Chair of Burnett House, Dancer with VAGUE, a student led jazz dance group, Chair of Hospital Relations for The Bowdoin College Dance Marathon, a charity organization run through the McKeen Center.
How I found Bowdoin: All I knew going into my junior year of high school was that I wanted a small, liberal arts college for my undergraduate experience. When I visited Bowdoin later that year, it was my first time ever visiting Maine. I knew I wanted to experience something a bit different from my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, but I never thought I would fall in love with a school that was so far away. Though I was nervous I would be homesick, I couldn't be happier that I applied to Bowdoin. I felt so at home from the minute I got to campus. With such amazing classes and professors, extensive extracurriculars, and its proximity to both the city of Portland and the ocean, I knew I would never run out of things to learn and places to explore. Despite its distance from Kansas City, Bowdoin has since become my home away from home, and I'm so happy I decided to take a leap of faith and look into this amazing institution during my college search.
Hometowns: Toronto, Ontario, and Boston, MA (Dual Citizen)
Campus involvement: Bowdoin Outing Club, rafting guide, gear room manager, frisbee team, intermural sports, crafting center
How I found Bowdoin: My mom went to Colby and had always told me how lucky she had felt to spend four years of her life in such a truly beautiful place. I, therefore, decided to look at Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin. I fell in love with Bowdoin's community-feel and its stunning Schiller Coastal Studies Center.
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Major: Earth and Oceanographic Science
Minor: Visual Arts
Campus Involvement: Photography Dark Room TA, Rowing Team
How I Found Bowdoin: I first heard about Bowdoin from one of my favorite teachers in high school, who was a Bowdoin graduate. He urged me to consider Bowdoin since he had such an amazing experience there. I looked at many liberal arts colleges in the Northeast, and Bowdoin was always on my list but not necessarily at the top. When I visited, the students and staff were so genuinely kind to me, and I felt a real connection with the campus. I knew Bowdoin was where I belonged, and when I got in, I was thrilled to tell my teacher that I would be attending his alma mater.
Hometown: Elmhurst, New York
Majors: Physics with a minor in Asian Studies
Campus involvement: Bowdoin Women in Physics, Bowdoin Science Scholars
How I found Bowdoin: Coming from a large high school with over 2,500 students, I was looking for a college where I could be more than just another face in a crowd. Additionally, it was important for me to find a college that would not only give me the freedom to explore my varied academic interests, but also encourage me to step out of my comfort zone and consider subjects I had no previous experience in. When I came to Bowdoin under the Explore Bowdoin program, I became convinced that Bowdoin was a place that had the resources to support me in all my academic and personal endeavors, but what truly set Bowdoin apart from other schools for me was its deep commitment to serving its students and its community. After that visit, I knew Bowdoin was the right fit for me because of its close-knit, collaborative community, and its dedication to providing a space where students can thrive in all aspects of their lives.
Hometown: Rogers, Arkansas
Major: Undeclared (likely an Environmental Studies and Francophone Studies coordinate major)
Campus involvement: SWAG (Sexuality, Women, and Gender) Center Student Director, Residential Life Proctor, Intramural badminton, Bowdoin Queer Straight Alliance, Masque and Gown, Bowdoin Outing Club, admissions tour guide
How I Found Bowdoin: As I started my college search process, I decided to look into what a liberal arts college was. Very few seniors from my high school went to out-of-state schools, much less an “LAC (Liberal Arts College),” so I knew nothing about schools like Bowdoin. After doing some research and deciding that an intimate liberal arts education was for me, I narrowed down my search and spent the night here. I had a feeling coming in that this was the place for me, but after spending the night with current students and experiencing friendly campus culture firsthand, I applied early decision. Despite being over a thousand miles away from my parents and their cooking, I could not be happier with my decision.
Hometown: Helena, Montana
Major: Government & Legal Studies
Campus involvement: Women's Varsity Soccer team, Bowdoin Outing Club (completed leadership training and am a trained raft guide, telemark ski instructor, and nordic ski instructor), led a McKeen Center orientation trip, led an Alternative Spring Break focused on poverty and homelessness in Maine, volunteer weekly at the Volunteer Lawyer's Project in Portland, writing assistant at the Writing Center in the CLT, associate editor and writer (and soon-to-be editor in chief) of the Bowdoin Harpoon (our satire publication on campus), completed a training institute and worked with the Office of Gender Violence Prevention and Education, student representative on the Bias Incident Committee, Admissions Tour Guide, student employee at the Pub, mentor at Brunswick High School, Bowdoin RISE cast member, OutAllies member
How I found Bowdoin: When thinking about college, I knew I wanted a small liberal arts school that was academically rigorous and offered a strong connection to place and thus I was drawn to the NESCACs. I quickly realized that Bowdoin offered great academics, strong athletic teams, extensive alumni connections, and it did so in an absolutely beautiful location. I visited Bowdoin and loved the trails around campus, the Coastal Studies Center, and all of the people I met. I had a general idea of what I was looking for in a school, but Bowdoin has given me so much more than what I had expected!
Hometown: Nederland, Colorado
Major: Double Major in Earth & Oceanographic Science and Francophone Studies
Campus involvement: Bowdoin Outing Club, Women's Cross Country, Writing Project
How I found Bowdoin: During my college search I was attracted to Bowdoin because it felt like a very intellectual, active, and most importantly happy place. A really important factor for me in choosing Bowdoin was the chance to talk to current students and alumni - on all accounts, people were proud of their connection to Bowdoin and effusively positive about their student experience. I was so impressed.
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Campus Involvement: Co-Leader of Bowdoin Women in Business, Bowdoin Career Exploration & Development Intern, Senior Interviewer in Bowdoin Admissions, Member of 'Obvious' Hip-Hop Dance Group
How I Found Bowdoin: Coming from Jamaica, the idea of studying abroad was something that I had no idea how to approach. I started by looking at larger universities but after going to a college talk in Kingston with small liberal arts colleges, I realized that l wanted a liberal arts experience. Bowdoin stood out to me because of its location; I knew that I wanted to be close to the ocean and experience all 4 seasons! When I visited for admitted students weekend, I felt at home here and knew that this was where I belonged.