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BSG works on mental health

December 10, 2021

On Wednesday evening, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) held its final meeting of the semester where members reflected on their accomplishments and discussed goals for the spring. BSG is going to continue its work confronting mental health in the coming months in an attempt to address the need for student resources on campus.

BSG plans to continue its work with administration to help relieve the pressure of academic stress on students. The committee’s plans for the next semester include working to expand the Credit/D/Fail system and allow students access to syllabi before they enter course registration.

“Fundamentally, we wanted to change the approach and genuinely just look at academics more holistically,” Chair of Academic Affairs Philip al Mutawaly ’24 said. “This college is, at the end of the day, an academic institution, but academics are not independent from mental health.”

With a focus on connecting the student body, the Student Affairs Committee, which previously brought Polar Pause to campus, plans to make a concerted effort with affinity groups on campus to provide programming that is inclusive to all.

“[Our goal] is to foster connectedness between different groups that may not normally interact on a daily basis,” Chair of the Student Affairs Committee Miranda Baker ’24 said. “There’s no easy way to fix it.”

BSG President Ryan Britt ’22 sees these coming initiatives as important pieces to making BSG work for the students on campus.

“We really changed BSG’s perception issue on campus,” Britt said at the meeting. “I think people are actually happy and appreciative of the work we’re doing for the first time in a while.”


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