Advancing the Common Good
through Community Service at Bowdoin College

Kate Mullin '05

Kate Mullin

Kate Mullin '05

Hometown: Cumberland, ME
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Education

Recipient of the Maine Campus Compact Heart and Soul Award

Service Activities at Bowdoin

  • Brunswick Junior High mentoring program
  • Bears/Cubs
  • America Reads
  • AmeriCorps
  • Tedford Homeless Shelters
  • Common Good Day

How did you first get involved in service at Bowdoin?
I first got involved in service through the student activities fair when I decided to volunteer at the local homeless shelter. Once I realized how great the need for community service is in Brunswick, it was hard to limit myself to just one avenue of service.

What have you gained from your service experiences and working in the community?
Through my service experiences, I have learned so much about myself as a person - it would be hard to target one thing specifically. In general, though, I have learned how little it actually takes to make a difference in someone else's day. Also, volunteering in this community has grounded me, allowing me to recognize that my stresses at Bowdoin are relatively insignificant in the big picture - definitely something we all need to remember here in the "bubble." Attending college is a privilege and I believe that I have a responsibility to help those that do not have similar types of opportunities. Working with organizations, such as the homeless shelter, has given me an invaluable experience in understanding the frustrations and difficulties with which many organizations of this type grapple. While there is no definitive way for me, personally, to remedy this situation I have to stay determined and keep trying.

What does it mean to serve the common good?
Serving the common good can be as simple or complicated as you wish to make it; from building a house through Habitat for Humanity, to simply smiling at a stranger who seems to be having a bad day. It means to act unselfishly and with consideration of others, to do whatever you can -however small it may seem- to make the world a better place.

Future Plans
Pursue Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

Story posted on March 16, 2005

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