Advancing the Common Good
through Community Service at Bowdoin College

Lincoln Pac '08

Lincoln Pac '08

Lincoln Pac '08

Hometown: Bozeman, MT
Major: BioChemistry & German

Service Activities:

  • Common Good Day 2005-2007
  • America Reads and Counts Tutor Spring 2005-2008
  • America Reads and Counts Student Coordinator Fall 2005-2008
  • Alternative Spring Break: Peru 2008

How did you first get involved in service at Bowdoin?

In the spring of my freshman year, I began tutoring elementary and middle school students with America Reads and Counts. This program funds employment for students on financial aid while at the same time providing local schools with a useful resource. I was thrilled to find a job that was a refreshing combination of working with children and interacting with a variety of communities in Midcoast Maine. After my first semester tutoring, I was hired as a student coordinator and helped establish a new site for the program at Harpswell Islands School.

What have you gained from your service experience and working in the community?

My service experiences have always been an important source of grounding during my time at Bowdoin. By leaving the highly abstract world of academia for a few hours each week, driving past the coastal inlets to Harpswell Island, and reading a story to a child, I am constantly reminded of the outside world. This ability to see Bowdoin from the “outside” has both helped me maintain a healthy perspective through stressful times while at Bowdoin and has increased my awareness that I want to continue serving the common good after graduating this spring.

What does it mean to serve the common good?

I find that a commitment to the common good is a matter of connection; connection to other people individually and to communities as a whole. By donating some of whatever you have to offer - be it time, money, specialized knowledge, skills, or a kind word – you are strengthening connections between yourself and others. This benefits both the giver and all of the recipients.

Story posted on February 21, 2008

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