Generous Enthusiasts is a mentoring program founded in 2012 by Anna Ackerman ’12 and Laura Armstrong ’12. Now an annual program co-sponsored by Residential Life and the Dean’s Office, its senior leaders pair first years and seniors based on common interests both academic and extracurricular to provide first years with a friendly guide to Bowdoin. The name comes from two lines in the Offer of the College: “To lose yourself in generous enthusiasms / And cooperate with others for common ends…”
This spring the first year/senior pairs will meet three to four times through official Generous Enthusiast events and will find opportunities to learn about one another outside of the program. Over meals, while attending sports events and campus speakers, or while walking downtown, Generous Enthusiasts allows its pairs to find common ground and the chance to reflect on how to make the most of life at Bowdoin.