Video: One student’s Bates life through the eyes and lens of a classmate

Eighteenth-century writer Samuel Johnson had James Boswell as his tagalong chronicler.

Bates theater and English major Allie Freed ’16 has classmate Dylan Ray.

Video camera in hand, Ray followed Freed for a few weeks recently and produced a short film of her academic and work life at Bates for the college’s Great Day to Be a Bobcat campaign.

Ray, a biological chemistry major from Denver, jokes that he’s “spent most of college my career locked away in the labs of Dana and Carnegie” so the project illuminated a “completely different side of Bates.”

“It reminds me that Bates students are so versatile and multitalented.”

Freed, from Gloucester, Mass., and Ray are co-workers in the Advancement Office, though she “had no idea that Dylan was such a gifted filmmaker.” Her takeaway? “It reminds me that Bates students are so versatile and multitalented.”

“Refreshing” is what Ray says about the experience. He got to “see parts of Bates that I don’t know much about and the range of interests students have” — including what he calls Freed’s “amazingly different passions on campus.”

Like many Bates students, Ray’s academic work includes a strong dose of digital studies (an offering that will get more robust for all students with the launch of a new Digital and Computational Studies Program in fall 2018.)

One of Ray’s academic concentrations is film and media studies, and the knowledge he’s gained in that realm has empowered him to “combine science and film production” in a few of his science classes.

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