Advancing the Common Good
through Community Service at Bowdoin College

Nicholas Larochelle '08

Nicholas Larochelle '08

Nicholas Larochelle '08

Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Hometown: Bangor, ME

Service Activities:

  • Co-Chair Blood Drive Committee 2004-2007
  • Community Service Council Member 2004-2007; Co-President 2007-Present
  • America Reads and Counts Tutor & Student Coordinator: 2006-Present
  • McKeen Fellow 2007-Present
  • Service Learning Courses: Criminology & Criminal Justice, Spring 2007 & Maine Social Research, Spring 2008

How did you first get involved in service at Bowdoin?

In high school I organized blood drives and I wanted to continue this work while at Bowdoin. During my first year, I joined a group of co-chairs on the Blood Drive Committee. I was motivated by the immense impact that blood donation can have on the lives of extremely ill patients as well as their families. I consider blood donation to be an extremely easy and efficacious way to improve the lives of others within the community.

Then I became involved with the America Reads and Counts Program. Having grown up in a family of six boys, I enjoy working with children. Some of my favorite experiences have been working with a group of eight accelerated second grade math students or working with third grade geography students. The students are always energetic and eager to learn.

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

I have been exposed to the inequities and struggles which are inherent to many individuals in our society and those specific to the greater Brunswick area. My experiences in the community have been truly rewarding whether working with the American Red Cross to increase blood donations, tutoring a group of elementary students in Bowdoinham, ME, or working with other service leaders on the Community Service Council to improve service opportunities on campus. Though Bowdoin is often considered a bubble within Brunswick, the service programs at Bowdoin exemplify the ability of students to break this barrier and become actively involved in the community. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know community members while volunteering through these various programs and know that I have made a difference in the lives of others while at Bowdoin.

What does it mean to serve the common good?

I believe that serving the common good represents the recognition of personal responsibility to selfless acts which improve the lives of others in the community. This requires a conscious recognition of the struggles which individuals face in society and the motivation to take action in ways that will improve the overall well-being of the community.

Story posted on March 25, 2008

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