Major: Government & Legal Studies (International Relations)
Hometown: New Milford, CT
After getting engaged in the community mostly through National Honor Society and French Honor Society during high school, I had to look a little harder for opportunities at college. Once I got involved, I found the Community Service Resource Center extremely helpful and just brimming with activities. I helped organize Kidsí Fair and tutored some my freshman year, but joining the Common Good Grant Extension Committee for its pilot year really jump-started my dedication to the common good.
Serving the common good jars me out of the self-oriented college bubble and connects me with fantastic people. I come away from a kidsí Halloween party refreshed and invigorated (if a little weary), any lost faith in humanity having been restored. The Common Good Grant Committee is a fantastic program because I have not only seen the fruits of my efforts but also learned about the grant process and donor relations.
My concept of service is particularly broad. I do not believe that service must be a selfless sacrifice: we can take actions that benefit everyone, including ourselves. I work for the common good by pursuing an education and applying my skills to a field I am passionate about. Becoming empowered and helping others to do so is the most effective means. My service has primarily played out in teaching and consulting roles, where I can take a leadership role and yet continue to learn from others. I am more engaged in improving policies and helping people make educated choices than one-time charity offerings. I believe each of us has a particular role to play in ensuring equal opportunities for success and happiness.