Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Michaela Calnan
Class of 2011

Posted January 06, 2011

Michaela was introduced to the McKeen Center even before her first class here at Bowdoin. Her Community Immersion Pre-Orientation trip to North Haven Island gave her a different perspective of Maine – outside "the Bubble". Relationships – with her peers and with the McKeen Center - started on this trip four years ago, continue today.

Mentoring at Mt. Ararat Middle School was Michaela's next service experience. Starting as a first year, she has continued to participate in this program throughout her time here at Bowdoin.  As a junior she joined the McKeen Center staff as a McKeen Fellow. Her primary responsibilities lay with the youth mentoring programs. She worked closely with Jess Horstkotte, Assistant Director for Service and Leadership, to organize the youth mentoring programs, distribute and collect research materials for mentoring grant, organize Bridge to Kids Day, and create a promotional video for mentoring. As a senior, she has continued as our McKeen Fellow for Mentoring and is co-leader of the Mt. Ararat Middle School Mentoring service group.

As a two sport athlete – field hockey and ice hockey- Michaela has participated annually in the Girls and Women in Sports Day and in the Skate with the Polar Bears program.

This Spring semester, Michaela is enrolled in Professor Eric Chown's Projects in Computer Science course. Her project will involve researching and implementing a novel database for the McKeen Center's mentoring programs. Ideally, this database will be easy to use; will be responsible for recording extensive mentor information as well as mentor-mentee matches; and be compatible with the databases that the local public schools currently use.

"Serving the common good means following your passion to help others, whether it pertains to mentoring, community health, or education, and then, spreading this passion to the greater community, leaving a lasting, positive impact."

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“I have gained a deep appreciation for the role models in my life. This is going to sound corny, but I was fortunate enough to have a lot of positive role models growing up - some that I still stay in close touch with.  I want to be that person in someone else’s life.”
— Michaela Calnan '11