Friendly student volunteers were on hand Tuesday morning, August 23, 2016, to lend a hand and welcome carloads of incoming first-years and their families. The Class of 2020 arrived on campus from all corners of the country, and beyond, laden with luggage to move into their new dorm rooms. For many it was a bittersweet occasion, a chance to say “goodbye and good luck,” as these new Bowdoin arrivals prepare for “the best four years of their lives.” Read/see more
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. Click here to read more and see video of Rose’s speech.
Many research studies have found that the people who exhibit strong self-control, along with conscientiousness and resilience, tend to have the brightest futures. They “have the highest likelihood of defying odds—poverty, bad schools, unsafe communities,” The Atlantic reports.
Unfortunately, that success seems to come at a cost for some people. When a young person overcomes a disadvantaged background to achieve much, their cells appear to age visibly before their time. Read “The Paradox of Effort: A medical case against too much self-control.”
On Wednesday, a day after the class of 2020 arrives on campus, all the first years will head out for Maine adventures in small groups. Some will go north or west to backpack, canoe, or do trail work. Others will drive up the coast to Washington County to work with Wabanaki communities. Still others will stay on campus and make daily trips to volunteer with local nonprofits.
For much of this summer, two students—Olivia Bean ’17 and Diana Furukawa ’18—have been planning and organizing the orientation trips.
To get a sense of where the students travel, the map above shows where all of 54 of the trips will be based, or where they will start their trip. 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. The blue markers indicate Bowdoin Outing Club trips, the purple ones mark McKeen Center community engagement trips.
The students return on Saturday to start orientation at Bowdoin. Classes begin Wednesday, August 31.