Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Michelle Wells
Class of 2012

Posted May 02, 2012

Michelle Wells (Africana Studies & Biology) started doing community service at Bowdoin to spice up her schedule and take a break from campus. Little did she know how addicting it was to get off campus for community activities.

As a member of the Bowdoin Softball team during her First and Sophomore years, she particpated with that team in Common Good Day, Girls and Women in Sports Day, and held a variety of community skills clinics for softball programs in the area.  She took these skills off campus and back home as an assistant coach for her high school's varsity softball team in Hampden, Maine.

In her Sophomore year, Michelle reached further into the Brunswick community, volunteering first with the mentoring group, Falcon Friends and then at the Coastal Humane Society.  This work at CHS as continued throughout the rest of her time here at Bowdoin and has informed her future plans to study veterinarian medicine.

As a Junior Michelle started tutoring with the America Reads and Counts.  And as a Senior, she has taken on the role of McKeen Fellow for America Reads and Counts - managing all 60 tutors and coordinators in thier work with local public school classrooms.

"My time at Coastal Humane Society has given me great insight into how I want to conduct myself as a veterinarian and has given me a lot of great ideas for community projects in the future once I get my DVM."

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