Posted January 19, 2012
Anirudh (Neuroscience/Chemistry) first got involved with service at Bowdoin when he heard the stories of students doing international service work. Those stories inspired him to start thinking of his own ways to get involved in the global community. He was interested in not only giving back, but also understanding and learning from those different cultures.
In 2009 Anirudh applied for and received a Global Citizens Grant. These funds took him to Ghana for three months to work in a variety of healthcare situations - a hospital, a clinic, and a mobile medical unit - with Heart for Humanity. Since his return he has helped in the public relations of a nonprofit to get students to work in Ghana. Read more about his experience here.
Returning from Ghana, Anirudh's passion for service and health care blossomed. He started volunteering at MidCoast Hospital and pursued more research in neuroscience through summer work in a neuroscience lab at UCSF Medical School and through an honors project. Through this work, he became interested in health policy and began to focus on child-care policy, such as S-CHIPs and Medicaid. Though he always knew he wanted to work with science and service, he believes the experiences he's had in the community have honed the topics he wants to pursue. Further, the skills of communication, planning, networking, and leadership are some of the traits he has been able to develop through his public engagement work.
Anirudh has participated in multiple Common Good Days and as a trip participant on an ASB to Mississippi working with Habitat for Humanity. He has tutored on campus for quantitative skills and worked at the Midcoast Hospital in the ER doing basic service work. He spent a summer working in the American Cancer Society and worked at an Academic Summer Day camp for students from low-income homes. Currently Anirudh is the McKeen Fellow for our Global Citizens Grant program.
"One of the biggest lessons I learned through my service work is about "sustainability of actions." People have a limited time to contribute their bit of service, so how can your work help make an impact even after you are gone. With every project I undertake, I ask myself this question in order to see how my service plays into the larger picture."
“For me service is an integral part to an education. I have always been taught that my education is not just for myself, but meant for the community. So for me- service is an outlet to bring my education into the community.”