Major: Government and Legal Studies (with a concentration in comparative politics) Minor in Economics
Hometown: Irvington, NY
How did you first get involved in service at Bowdoin?
In the first couple weeks of freshman year, I noticed signs around campus recruiting volunteers for Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, a low-income legal services organization in Portland, ME. I thought that it would be a great way to get off campus and do something good for the greater community. I interviewed, received training and was off and running. It has been a truly wonderful service experience – or else I wouldn’t have stuck with it for four years!
What have you gained from your service experiences and working in the community?
I now realize that no matter how hard I work, I will always get more out of serving others than they ever get from me! I come away from my service activities humbled and in awe of both the people I assist and the professionals with whom I work. In addition, getting off campus and down to Portland each week has given me the opportunity to explore other places in Maine that I may never have discovered. It took me out of my comfort zone on multiple occasions and forced me to confront the realities of low-income families in the state I’ve called home for a few years.
What does it mean to serve the Common Good?
It means using whatever is at your disposal to make your community a healthier, more peaceful and supportive environment in which to live and work.