On May 26, 2018, when most of the Bowdoin community was celebrating the College’s 213th Commencement, rising senior Jake Stenquist was on his way to Marine Officer Candidates School (OCS) at Marine Base Quantico, Virginia, for six weeks of “organized chaos.”
“First, you are here to be challenged like never before, and, second, you are here to become intellectually fearless.”
Bowdoin’s 20th Annual Common Good Day will take place on Saturday, September 15th from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The summer months are a time for many of us to recharge the batteries, but it doesn’t mean life at Bowdoin grinds to a halt. The campus may be quieter than usual, but there has been no shortage of activity—academic and otherwise—among the Bowdoin community since the school year ended.
The first-year orientation trips are a way for students to start their Bowdoin experience in an intense but fun way, to make first connections, and to get to know Maine a bit before the academic rigors of the semester set in.
“Right now there is a national awakening that colleges have a responsibility to do more about civic engagement and voting,” McKeen Center’s Andrew Lardie said.
Residential Life staff, who had been waiting at the dorm entrances, rushed to meet arriving first-year students and their families, opening trunks and grabbing bags even before parents could hop out of their seats.
“When I think of Beijing, I think of my family and friends, the streets I used to pass by every day to school, and the cheap, tasty food on the street. “