Senior Profile: Bryan Bowen

Photo courtesy of Bryan Bowen.Photo courtesy of Bryan Bowen.

What is your preferred name?

Bryan Bowen

What is your major and minor?

Theatre Arts

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

Peer Mentor, Circulation Assistant at Hoover Library, Theatre Employment (Set Construction, props, etc.)

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity (Marshall)

Alpha Psi Omega (Historian, Stage Parent)

Did you enjoy your time at McDaniel? How?

It’s been a wild ride. These have been the best and worst times of my life. I wouldn’t trade these four years for anything, though. I’ve learned so much, met incredible people, and found my passions.

Who do you think is/was your best mentor(s)?

The professors/teachers of our Theatre Department. They have shaped me, challenged me, laughed and cried with me. They are beyond mentors. They’re friends.

What is your best memory at McDaniel?

I’m horrible at picking favorites but I will never forget all the nights of Assassin, watching the sunrise, and walking the town with some of my best friends.

What were some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

It seems that there’s never enough time. I guess that’s life. You just have to find the moments where you can take a breath and focus on what matters. Sometimes the best way to overcome challenges is head-on, other times it’s taking a nap and worrying about it later.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I am moving to Chillicothe, Ohio the day of graduation to work as an actor and stuntman in Tecumseh!, an outdoor play!

What advice can you give to those not graduating?

Take time for the little things. A walk with friends, a jam session, coffee and some silence…these are sometimes the best memories you’ll have. You’re here to learn but the most important things you’ll learn are often not in the classroom. Get out into the world and adventure. We were not made to simply work and then die. Live! Live no matter how bad it hurts at times and always remember that you are important.

Is there anything else you want to share with the McDaniel community?

I am forever grateful for all of you, even if we didn’t get to spend much time together. Thank you for giving me something so hard to say goodbye to.