Student Life

104 Bowdoin Students Join NYC Climate March

One bus and eight cars were needed to carry the 104 Bowdoin students to New York City to join the People’s Climate March.

Comedian Aamer Rahman Entertains at Recent Bowdoin Show


Australian comedian Aamer Rahman recently performed his show, “The Truth Hurts,” in Pickard Theater. He captured the audience with one engrossing story after another, cracking jokes about Muslims, Australians, South Asians — most races, actually —as well as terrorism, racism and social media.

Career Planning Director Timothy Diehl: Preparing Seniors to Transition


A Q&A with Timothy Diehl, Bowdoin Career Planning’s director, on what he and his staff are doing now to help seniors prepare for life after Bowdoin.

A Cappella Groups Sing For New Members


All six of Bowdoin’s student a cappella groups performed recently in the Bowdoin Chapel to show off their talents and attract new singers.

Finance Alumni Share Career Insights With Students


Bowdoin Career Planning recently invited three Bowdoin alumni and entrepreneurs to campus to speak to students about their careers in finance.

A Hawthorne-Longfellow Party Leaves Them Dancing in the Stacks

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The class of 2018 last Friday gathered in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library for a Bowdoin College first: a dance party with DJs, disco lighting and Top-40 hits.

Before and After: 52 Harpswell


Bowdoin’s newest residential hall, at 52 Harpswell Road, was completed this summer. The first students to live in the LEED-certified dorm moved in in early September.

Bowdoin Outing Club Orientation Trips: A Slideshow of Maine


To celebrate the Class of 2018′s first few adventurous days of college, the Bowdoin Outing Club recently presented a slideshow of photographs taken by students during their orientation trips.

Pres. Obama Honors LGBT Centers, Including Bowdoin’s


At the end of August, Kate Stern received a letter from President Barack Obama in which he thanked the staff and volunteers of LGBT community centers across the nation.

In the Books: A Bowdoin Rite of Passage

Incoming first-years become “official” Bowdoin students only after they have written their names into Bowdoin’s matriculation books, which contain generations of matriculants’ signatures within their bindings.

A Bowdoin Tradition: A Presidential Welcome on the Museum Steps

Every year, after first-year students have returned to campus from their orientation trips, they gather at the Museum of Art steps for a welcome from Bowdoin’s administrators and to sing the alma mater together.

Bowdoin Deans Offer Top 10 Tips for First-Years (WCSH 207)

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On the Maine TV show “207,” Janet Lohmann and Michael Wood, dean and assistant dean of first-year students at Bowdoin, give their best tips for students and parents to adjust to their first year of college.

Time-lapse: Arrival Day for First-Year Students

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This time-lapse shows off the flurry of activity that began on campus at 9 a.m. Tuesday as 504 incoming Bowdoin students moved into their dorms.

President, Deans, Staff Welcome (and Reassure) 1st-Year Parents


Parents and family members were likely offering their 18-year-olds plenty of last-minute advice yesterday as they helped the students move into dorm rooms and prepare for their first year of college. At the same time, parents were not spared nuggets of wisdom offered by people very familiar with the Bowdoin experience.

Overheard on Move-in Day

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Read some of the many snippets of conversations overheard during first-year student arrival day Some of the anecdotes were shared by the upperclass proctors who worked all day through the heat and humidity to help move in and orientate Bowdoin’s newest members.

Grace Butler ’16 Pushes Bicycle Coalition Forward


This summer, junior Grace Butler received a Psi Upsilon Environmental Fellowship from Bowdoin to intern with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, an advocacy organization based in Portland.

Bowdoin Students Train for Marine Corps

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Mac Caputi ’15, Dimitria Spathakis ’16 and Brendan Lawler ’16 are enrolled in the Marine Corps’ competitive two-year summer program for college students.

Junior Talia Cowen’s Summer: Fighting for Women

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As an intern for a Washington D.C. women’s rights organization, Talia Cowen ’16 has been in the thick of a few recent controversial events.

Students Extend a Hand to Refugees

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This summer, several students took advantage of Bowdoin grants to pursue professional experiences with organizations that work closely with refugees and immigrants, both in Maine and around the country.

Three Students Tackle Public Health In Maine, Cambodia, and Kenya

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Each summer, a plethora of grants and fellowships ensures that Bowdoin students have an opportunity to pursue what they are passionate about. Ben Pallant ’16, Aviva Mattingly ’15 and Jordan Lantz ’15 tapped three of these grants to dedicate their summers to addressing public health issues in Cambodia, Kenya and Maine, respectively.