7. Why did you run for Chair of Student Affairs?
I ran for this position because I felt that I could fill holes in programming for low income students here at
Bowdoin. I proposed programming during our Family Weekend for low income students who are alone and
can’t see their families because of traveling costs. I wanted to give us a space to feel comfortable and have
fun during a time that can feel incredibly lonely and unfair otherwise.
Also, I would like to increase food security for low income students that can’t afford to travel home during
breaks. During breaks at Bowdoin, the dining halls close and make students pay for food which can be a
huge issue for students who can’t afford it. Students should never have to go hungry at an institution
that demands a tuition of $70,000+ per year. We need to make the dining halls available to low income
students for no cost.
Finally, I am focused on mental health. I proposed to bring mental health kiosks to Bowdoin to help
destigmatize conversations about mental health and mental illness at Bowdoin. Mental health checkups
should be just as frequent as physical health checkups and by producing a public assessment kiosk
will serve as a reminder that students should never feel afraid to reach out for the help they need. I want
these kiosks to be centralized on campus so anyone who goes to Bowdoin will see that they are available.
Also, I hope this could take the place of the pesky intake interviews students must do when first starting
with counseling at Bowdoin. Laborious paperwork is the last thing someone suffering needs when they
reach out for help. There should be much more focus on the individual rather than their information when
they begin. I hope that the mental health kiosks can replace this step while serving as a constant reminder
that struggling is okay. My priorities differed from my competitors because they did not emphasize
programming for low-income students like I had.