When most Bowdoin students think of a gap year, their minds go towards volunteering, working, or traveling for a year. But probably not serving in the armed forces.
Joonmo Ku ’12 left Bowdoin after the fall semester of his sophomore year to serve in the Republic of Korea Army. As a South Korean citizen, Ku was required to spend either two years in the service as an enlisted soldier or three years as an officer.
“I wanted to save time and do the two-year stint, and I did it halfway through sophomore year because I thought it would be better to go through all the training when I was younger,” Ku said.
Prof. Katie Byrnes, Education. Photo by Kate Featherston
Prof. Eric Chown, Computer Science. Photo by Brian Jacobel
Hours after receiving his Bowdoin diploma in the spring of 1983, Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings boarded a flight to Swaziland, where he would spend the next two and a half years.
Born and raised in Boston, Hastings’ decision to attend Bowdoin was nothing out of the ordinary. After he was accepted, Hastings decided to defer for a year to continue working his summer job, selling vacuum cleaners door to door.
“I loved it, strange as that might sound,” said Hastings. “You get to meet a lot of different people.”
The New York Times on Susan Faludi’s desk was turned to the Business section, where a headline asked, “To address gender gap, is it enough to lean in?” The article—which featured a few of Faludi’s own annotations—referenced the fall-out from Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” the book that dominated the feminist news cycle over the summer.
Faludi—Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, celebrated feminist author, and visiting 2013-2014 Tallman Scholar—is not tired of talking about Sandberg’s controversial book.
“I’m of two minds,” she said. “I completely agree…that the absence of women at the top in corporate America is something that needs to be redressed.