Seniors

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Ellen Gyasi

Ellen Gyasi

Class of: 2020

Major(s): Anthropology, Education

Minor(s): Africana Studies

I think every Bowdoin student should take an anthropology course for a number of reasons. You get an opportunity to do some research outside of a lab, expand your worldview, and learn to think in innovative and progressive ways. Being an anthro major has given me the opportunity to travel to new places, meet amazingly interesting people, and conduct research in a way that celebrates creativity and sensitivity to people, places, and cultures. Anthropology may have been a major that I accidentally fell into, but I purposefully fell in love with it. 

Ava Jackson

Class of: 2020

Major(s): Anthropology

Minor(s): Visual Arts

Peter Jacobson

Class of: 2020

Major(s): Anthropology, Environmental Studies

Jessica Joseph

Class of: 2020

Major(s): Anthropology

Emma Kellogg

Emma Kellogg

Class of: 2020

Major(s): Anthropology

Minor(s): Japanese

I’m from Seattle, Washington. I took a risk this year doing an anthropology thesis—it was a terrifying and wonderful experience. A quote that I find inspirational lately is “Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. / Just keep going. No feeling is final” from a poem by Rainier Maria Rilke. My favorite book is Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado and I adore my very grumpy dog.

Ari Mehrberg

Class of: 2020

Major(s): Anthropology

Paula Petit-Molina

Class of: 2020

Major(s): Anthropology

Minor(s): Visual Arts

Amanda Rickman

Class of: 2020

Major(s): Anthropology

Minor(s): History

Allison Rutz

Allison Rutz

Class of: 2020

Major(s): Anthropology, Psychology

Before coming to Bowdoin I didn't even know what Anthropology was, but I quickly fell in love with it after taking my first year seminar in the field. Although I won't be going into a career in anthropology, the skills I'll take with me from my Anthro classes are irreplaceable and my love for studying culture will extend far beyond Bowdoin. To incoming students- take chances! Try classes like anthropology that you might have never been exposed to before. College is about broadening your horizons and exploring new interests, and Anthropology with give you the ability to do both.

Fanta Traore

Class of: 2020

Major(s): Anthropology

Elyse Veloria

Elyse Veloria

Class of: 2020

Major(s): Anthropology

I became deeply interested in Anthropology because the classes answered the central questions that ground social science. How do communities make sense of their lives? What connections bind individuals together, and how do people negotiate issues of power, identity, social change, race, gender, and sexuality? 

I am greatly appreciative of the ways in which the Anthropology major challenged and inspired me both academically and personally. My advice to any Bowdoin student is to engage coursework that revolutionizes the way you understand the world, and to take advantage of every opportunity!

Elly Veloria is from Ayer, MA, with a passion for travel, music, dance, and meeting new people. She received a Fulbright fellowship and earned the Lennox Book Prize from the Africana Studies department. Elly's favorite Anthropology quote is from the author Zora Neale Hurston, who wrote, “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”