Q&A with Jimmy Bowen
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Jimmy Bowen, graduate resident coordinator for theme and identity-based communities, works in the Office of Residential Education Housing. In his role, Bowen works with the area coordinator of the cluster to supervise RAs in four buildings on campus: Zechiel, Langston, Burton, and Barnard. He began the role in August 2019.
Get to know more about Bowen in this Q&A.
Describe your role in six words.
Supervise students, was a student yesterday.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
I really enjoy my office. I’ve never really had my own office before, so it makes me feel accomplished and important. Also, it has lollipops and a fan blowing on me—so it’s perfect!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Avon Lake, Ohio, which is about 20-25 minutes from Oberlin.
What's your favorite board game?
I love any sort of trivia game, but Scene-It is my favorite board game (the whole series). I used to make my brother and cousins play it with me until I could memorize most of the questions; I was obsessed with movies as a kid.
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
I really love the movie Ratatouille. It makes me feel good, and every time I have watched it I’ve found something different that I love.
What’s your favorite concert of all time?
The 1975. I’ve seen them three times, and the combined visual and audio experience is something I have never seen before—it’s amazing.