Q&A: Kiersten King ’14 on her Beinecke Award and Future in Archaeology

Bowdoin junior Kiersten King, of Colorado Springs, Colo., has won a Beinecke scholarship to support her aspirations to become an archaeologist of the ancient Mediterranean world. The Beinecke Scholarship Program is designed “to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue…a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.” Each year, only 20 students from across the country with financial need and exceptional academic promise receive this award. King recently answered questions about her scholarship while in Rome, where she studied abroad this semester.

Read the full Q&A with King here.

First-Generation Students, and Their Families, Marvel Over a College Degree

The day before the hullabaloo of Commencement, before rejoicing over degrees and gobbling lobster, before vehicles were packed to move newly minted graduates on to new lives, a handful of students and family members gathered for an intimate event in Moulton Union’s Lancaster Lounge.

They had come for the annual First-Generation Lunch, when Bowdoin honors the students who are the first in their families to graduate from college.

President Barry Mills welcomed the parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents and friends who joined the lunch as guests of students. “I know how much emotion is tied to this,” he said, to the moment when families watch their son or daughter — with years of hard work and generations of hard lives behind them — receive a college degree.

Read the full story here.

Through Determination and Hyper-Connection, Bowdoin Sophomore Makes Pilgrimage to Google

For many years, Ruben Martinez ’15 had longed to go to the Google I/O Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, Calif.  “As an aspiring developer and undergraduate computer science major, attending Google I/O has long been the stuff of dreams,” he writes in his blog.

Google I/O is an annual conference when Google shows off such things as it new products and back-end improvements to its operating systems, Martinez explains. Thousands of tech developers attend or tune in online.

Although Martinez couldn’t personally afford the trip, which was held in mid May, he didn’t let that stop him from trying to make “the pilgrimage to attend Google I/O in person.”

Read the rest of Martinez’s story to find out how his being “hyper-connected, where everyone from your childhood friends to the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are but a click away,” helped him, as well as his own tenacity. “Never lose the craving for success, the ambition to fight for what you believe is yours,” he writes. “Even when the world seems to be working against you, don’t lose the courage to keep going.”

(Martinez describes actually being at the conference here, in “Part II.”)