Student Life

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.

Justin Pearson ’17 Offers Hope to Memphis Teens With Innovative Summer Program


Justin J. Pearson ’17 designed Camp Hope to give teenagers growing up in poor and often violent city districts a chance to connect with their communities in a positive way.

Learning About Geoscience in the Himalayas

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This summer, Bowdoin students Hannah Marshall ’16 and Alex Reisley ’16 trekked through the world’s deepest gorge in Nepal’s Kai Gandaki valley and investigated geological phenomena.

Students Pursue Business Training in Diverse Fields


Eight students this summer received grants from the Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internships Fund to learn about the business world. We managed to catch up with two: Christa Villari ’15, who is interning for a neuromarketing firm in Boston, and Katherine Gracey ’16, who is with Christie’s in Hong Kong.

Community Matters Fellows Tackle Social, Environmental Issues


Twenty-two students had 2014 Community Matters in Maine Fellowships this summer to work on a range of social and environmental issues in the state. They recently gathered to present on their internship experiences.

Summer Harvest: Bowdoin Garden Crew Brings New Plot to Life

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The new garden on Harpswell Road is producing a bounty of vegetables and flowers this year under the direction of Bowdoin Organic Garden manager Sara Cawthon and her crew.

Bowdoin Environmental Fellows Work for a Healthier Maine

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This summer, 11 Bowdoin students with environmental fellowships are working in Maine and contributing, in a range of ways, to protecting our natural resources.

Bowdoin Engineering Student Designs Stander for Disabled Children

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Inspired to address a Peruvian medical clinic’s need for devices to help children with cerebral palsy, Mitchell has designed a stander that he is now trying to mass produce to donate to clinics around the world.

Interning at Maine’s Iconic Store — In Japan


Greg Stasiw ’15 has a paid internship this summer with L.L.Bean, working for its inventory team. This seems a normal enough job for a college student in Maine — until you learn that he’s based in Tokyo.

Townies: Students Work for Brunswick, Topsham

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Libby Szuflita ’15 and Violet Ranson ’16 are mapping parts of Topsham and Brunswick this summer to help local administrators make land-use decisions that improve town life and reconcile the sometimes conflicting needs of residents, businesses and wildlife.

Bowdoin Blogger’s Summer Goal: Visit Every Town in Rhode Island


This summer, blogger Michael Colbert ’16 is on a mission to travel to every town in his home state of Rhode Island.

Interning at NYC Arts Orgs with Bowdoin Grants

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This summer, a handful of Bowdoin graduates are using grants from Bowdoin Career Planning’s funded internship program to explore possible careers in art and literature.