Student Life

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Orientation Play Explores Class of 2020’s Diverse Perspectives

Jelin, a computer science and math major, and a theater minor, has helped produce Perspectives each year for the past three years. He said he was first inspired to get involved after seeing the production himself as a first-year student and understanding its potential. “It’s a unique and powerful way of approaching diversity,” he said, one that can ably demonstrate the breadth of experiences and outlooks contained within one college class.

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Orientation Trips: First Years Get a Taste of Maine Before Busy Semester

From Wednesday to Saturday, all incoming first year students are exploring a part of Maine with their Orientation Trip groups, either doing community service or outdoor activities. A few of the groups are based near campus at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center on Orr’s Island, or are staying on campus.

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McKeen Center Orientation Trips Learn About Immigrants and Refugees, Other Social Issues

The excursion, one of fourteen orientation trips organized by the McKeen Center this week, aims to introduce first-years to different aspects of the immigrant and refugee experience in Maine.

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President Rose Welcomes Family and Friends of Incoming Students

President Clayton S. Rose welcomed parents, families, and guests of the Class of 2020 to the Bowdoin community in an address delivered August 23, 2016, in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall.

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Video and Slideshow: Arrival Day for Class of 2020

Friendly student volunteers were on hand Tuesday morning to lend a hand and welcome carloads of incoming first-years and their families.

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Orientation Trips to Take Off to Maine Points Near and Far

To get a sense of where the students travel for their orientation trips, we’ve made a map showing where all the trips are based. Some groups will camp in one spot and make day trips; other trips — like the backpacking and some canoeing trips — will start and finish in different locations.

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Summer Fellows Do Good in Maine

This summer, 22 Bowdoin students received Community Matters fellowships to work for Maine-based nonprofits in a number of different areas, from hunger and homelessness to economic development. The group of students is divided between those who focus on social and civic issues and those who work with environmental organizations.


Student Fellows Focus on the Social Side of Health

This summer a good number of students sought out public health internships, including several who received fellowships from Bowdoin.

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Bowdoin Students Profiled in Japanese Newspaper

The two Bowdoin students are currently in Japan carrying out research for an exhibition next year at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art featuring drawings made by Hiroshima schoolchildren in the 1950s.


Internships Far Afield: Spotlight on London, Ghana and Ecuador

Many students this summer are working or interning in countries around the world. We profile three who are working in London, Ghana, and Ecuador.

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Osborn Ng’imor ’18 Builds a Library in Kenya

Osborn Ng’imor’s goal is to stock the shelves—which he constructed—with 800 books by the end of the summer. By mid-July, he had about 500.

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2016 Gibbons Fellows Use Technology to Solve Complex Problems

This summer, 11 students are using and adapting technology to explore interdisciplinary areas and foster “fresh approaches to the study of complex problems.” They are collaborating with professors in a range of disciplines, from political science to art and neuroscience, to further faculty research. Their work is funded by the Gibbons Summer Research Program, which was established by John A. Gibbons, Jr. ’64 to encourage interdisciplinary thinking and work.


Green Summers: Case Studies of Environmental Internships

Each summer, many Bowdoin students pursue internships or jobs in the environmental field. Some of them are supported by college grants, both from Bowdoin’s Career Planning office and the Environmental Studies program. Below are stories of three students with College fellowships who are contributing in some way to the environment.

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Animal Rescue Internship Gets Alexa Horwitz ’19 Closer to Goal

Alexa Horwitz ’19 said she’s known since she was a child that she wants to dedicate her life to helping animals and reducing the 4 million or so pets euthanized each year. One day she dreams of running her own animal advocacy and rescue nonprofit.


Summer Jobs: Two Students Study, Protect Beavers and Whales

In about a week, Dana Bloch ’17 will depart for Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands, to work for a whale research and conservation organization based there. Satya Kent ’19 has already begun working for a program that is relocating beavers in order to conserve water for lowland regions beset with drought.


Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

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Examining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

Professor Meardon encourages students to think critically about the pros and cons of the TPP, a far-reaching trade agreement involving 12 countries from Asia, South America and North America.


Orientation Trip Leaders Begin Training for the Class of 2020

This year, the leadership training for new pre-orientation leaders was offered right after classes ended, rather than in August, as it has been in years past.

Bowdoin Seniors Install Public Art on The Commons Bridge

The project, by Mariah Reading ’16, Rachel Brooke ’16, and Molly Ryder ’15, originated in an art class, Public Art, taught in the fall of 2014 by John Bisbee.

Slideshow: Snapshots from Commencement 2016

The big day was captured by photographer Michele Stapleton, from beginning to end.