Posted November 26, 2013
Before she even set foot on campus as a student, May Kim (Gender and Women's Studies/ Italian) from Los Angeles, CA, knew she wanted to be involved in tutoring and mentoring elementary school students through the McKeen Center. Her experience working with students at the community center in her hometown made her interested in mentoring programs at Bowdoin. As soon as she heard about America Reads and Counts, she filled out an application.
During her first year, May tutored and mentored students from both Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School and Brunswick Junior High School. After a semester of working in the classrooms, she became a student coordinator for America Reads and Counts, supporting and organizing other Bowdoin tutors. May continues to mentor in Brunswick Junior High School and work as a student coordinator.
This year, May also led a Community Immersion Orientation Trip to Houlton, ME. In Houlton, she and her group of incoming first-year students learned about the agricultural history of Aroostook County while volunteering in various places, including the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum and the MSAD 1 Education Farm in Presque Isle, ME.
On campus, May is also the house manager for the Center for Multicultural Life, a Baldwin Academic Mentor at the Center for Learning and Teaching, an active volunteer for the Student Admissions Volunteer Organization (SAVO), a receptionist at the Admissions Office, and a tour guide. During her next few years at Bowdoin, May hopes to continue providing support as a mentor for students both on and off the Bowdoin campus and to expand the scope of her service to communities outside the U.S.
“Through my service activities, my energy and support for the Brunswick community enable me to be a positive role model for younger students and to make meaningful connections with community members.”