DEMOREST GEORGIA – College professor, world traveler, fly fishing extraordinaire – these qualities make up Jeff Bowers.
“The freedom you are allowed as a college professor is liberating because you can explore different areas of your interests,” said Jeff Bowers, an assistant Spanish professor at Piedmont College. “Your curriculum is not as monitored, and you just have a lot more than you’re able to do.”
Bowers has been the assistant Spanish professor at Piedmont College for two years. He got his undergrad at Presbieritan College with a double major in political science and Spanish. His goal was to be a lawyer. It wasn’t until he was at Appalachian State University when he found his love for teaching.
“Like anything, to be good at something, you have to have the motivation, and my motivation was to speak with my friend’s mom,” he said.
Since his sophomore year of high school, he had an infatuation for the Spanish language because of Hugo, his good friend. Hugos’ mother spoke little to no English, so Bowers took it upon himself to learn for his friend’s family’s sake. He cared about Hugo’s family, as they cared for him as well, his adoration for the family spurred his love for Spanish, not just the language, but the culture as well.
“I’m very fortunate because I’ve done pretty much everything I’ve ever wanted to do,” He said. “I took some time off and traveled to several different countries as well as really delve into my hobbies and make those part of my income as well.”
Aside from just being a Spanish professor, Bowers has a lot to offer in the world travel experience. He’s been to France, Costa Rica, Germany, Guatemala twice, and he’s going to Spain over the summer for the Maymester experience. Bowers was a fly fishing guide for four years in Boone and lived in Colorado, where he skied every day. Now he is taking a short break from his adventurous lifestyle to pursue his teaching career.
“Get as much practical experience as you can, be a generalist, but also have a niche,” He said. “It’s good to have something that you’re good at but also be marketable.”