Mira Nikolova, ’13


I would not have thought at the start of my Bowdoin career that I would major in Russian or that it would turn into my professional path, but it has been a great journey so far. I am an international student from Bulgaria and, having never traveled outside of my country prior to Bowdoin, I […]

Zackary Suhr ’14


“In a time of renewed geopolitical tensions, it’s as important as ever to be conscious of the ways that differing perspectives are informed by historical experience and cultural values. There is no better way to build that awareness than through the sustained study of another language and its contexts.”

Nicholas Tonckens ’16


“…it wasn’t until I arrived at Bowdoin that I had the opportunity to really sink my teeth into Russian; or rather, for the Russian bear to sink its teeth into me.”

Kenneth Cortum ’16


My biggest piece of advice to those interested in studying Russian is to stick with it and keep an open mind. Your path in Russian does not put you on any one pre-determined career field. The Russian Department does an excellent job at giving you the chance to explore your interests and thus your career.


Beyond Four Years: Recent alumni share how their experience as a student shaped their decision to start a career at Bowdoin

Human Resources

“Bowdoin has a real draw that has made it difficult to imagine leaving.”

Benjamin-Émile Le Hay ’08: Joie de Vivre

Benjamin-Émile Le Hay ’08
Bowdoin Magazine

After working in high-end public relations and covering style for The New York Observer, Benjamin-Émile Le Hay ’08 recently relocated from New York City to Maine as he launches his own PR consultancy firm. My favorite job of all time is a no brainer: I was thrilled to serve the country of France as PR manager […]

Nick Wolff ’89: Inspiring Urgent Action

Nick Wolff '89
Bowdoin Magazine

After six years in Australia, climate change scientist Nick Wolff ’89 is back in Brunswick working with Global Science and his long-time friend Kate Dempsey ’88 at The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

Kate Dempsey ’88: Connecting the Dots

Kate Dempsey '88
Bowdoin Magazine

Kate Dempsey ’88 is the state director in Maine for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and works closely with Bowdoin friend Nick Wolff ’89 headquartered in the Ft. Andross Mill in Brunswick. The Penobscot River Restoration Project opened thousands of miles of the river to migratory fish and recreation and helped to further the treaty reserved […]

Coretta King ’12: Striking a Chord

Coretta King '12
Bowdoin Magazine

Nashville singer-songwriter Coretta King ’12 recently released her first original music, powerful tracks that deliver the goods—and promise more.