To the Editor:
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the college recruitment and selection process for the majority of graduating high school seniors. We have relied on so many unconventional approaches to research colleges and athletic programs. When becoming involved in the Bowdoin football recruitment process, one way I attempted to learn more about the program was to read articles from The Bowdoin Orient. Recent team history is what it is, so I found the articles fair and informative but certainly not inspirational.
However, I would like to share my spin on the program and why it will be turned around: losing has created a weight on the minds of this team. The concept of having a short-term memory when it comes to losses and bad plays sounds easy in theory, but it can be challenging when the pressure to win grows heavier.
As athletes, we certainly can always push harder and do better, but lack of effort and an absence of discipline is not the issue at Bowdoin. Both coaches and players are putting in the extra work to turn this around. Winning is about small adjustments, both physically and mentally. Can things change? I won’t speak for the entire recruitment class or team, but I would not have even considered Bowdoin as an option if I didn’t believe things will change.
Change takes effort and support from an entire community, so I hope The Bowdoin Orient is on board and will focus on the process, seeing the positive changes along the way.
Austin Hiscoe ’25