Posted June 08, 2007
Growing up in rural Maine, Meg Hall was instilled with a sense of community and caring at a young age. She knew that wherever she landed for college and for a career, giving back for the greater good would be important. Meg landed at Bowdoin with an intention to study government and perhaps find a career in the political arena. However, by the time that she graduated in 1997, Meg (though still a Government major) found herself applying for the Peace Corps and contemplating the field of social work. Meg's time at Bowdoin and her activities outside the classroom were instrumental in her decisions. At Bowdoin, Meg found herself drawn towards programs such as Special Friends, which brought individuals with disabilities to campus for Saturday activities and Habitat for Humanity. Bowdoin also gave Meg an opportunity to discover her passion for social change and activism and allowed her to speak out on women’s rights and eating disorders.
Meg did fulfill both goals of serving in the Peace Corps (Philippines '99-01) and in pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of New Engand, graduating in 2004. Today, she often reflects back on her time at Bowdoin while working as an administrator for Spurwink Services. She says that Bowdoin allowed her to find her voice and her passion, something that is important when working as a social worker in today's social and political climate.
Outside of her work as a social worker, Meg volunteers on the board of Portland Youth Dance in Portland, ME, a non profit organization that oversees a youth dance company and sponsors outreach dance opportunities in the Portland area. Meg's personal love of dance was cultivated through involvement with the Dance Department at Bowdoin. She is now able to work with Portland Youth Dance to ensure that any child who wants to dance, can. Portland Youth Dance offers scholarships and sponsorships and provides outreach opportunities at the Boys and Girls Clubs, local schools, and at Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio.
“Serving the common good isn't just what I do as a social worker. Serving others comes from my own personal mission to think beyond myself and to make the most positive impact that I can on the world. Facing these challenging economic times, it's easy for individuals to become insular. Now more than ever, we need to strengthen communities and to support one another through whatever small or big means we can.”
— Meg Hall '97