Michael Krohn, Bowdoin College

Michael Krohn, a math and economics interdisciplinary major, thrived at Bowdoin on a full schedule, while maintaining a 3.67 GPA. After classes, he ran sprints and hurdles for Bowdoin track, and performed with Bowdoin’s seventy-year-old a cappella group, the Meddiebempsters.

“Timing conflicts can be tricky and yes, you end up rehearsing late at night,” he acknowledges, but the benefits outweigh the challenge of fitting in practice, fifteen to twenty performances a year, and his duties as group music director. "There's an amazing bond with the Meddiebempsters and the track team is friendly, respectful, and inclusive of me even though I spend less time with them because of my music commitments.”

Bowdoin student-athletes embrace challenge in part because they know they’ve got a network of support behind them. As a result, Krohn was able to succeed in all of his endeavors, earning Academic All-NESCAC status, winning the 55 meter hurdles as Bowdoin claimed the Maine State Indoor Track and Field Championship and scoring 10 crucial points as the Polar Bears won the Maine State Outdoor Track and Field title for the first time in eight years as a senior.

Head track and field coach Peter Slovenski uses Krohn as an example of the value of prepation and attitude. “Student-athletes like Mike have learned that it’s easier—in races and classes—to commit to doing your best,” says Slovenski.