Major: Gender & Women's Studies/French
Minor: Government & Legal Studies
Hometown: Holliston, MA
I first got involved in service at Bowdoin through the Community Immersion Pre-Orientation Trip. As a participant in this program I was introduced to the greater Brunswick community and caught a glimpse of the many opportunities available for Bowdoin students to be involved in community service. During the fall of my freshman year I enrolled in the Service Learning Course: Marine Environmental Geology. This class served as a great introduction to the idea of Service as Learning and Learning as Service.
My service experiences have been some of the most important educational experiences at Bowdoin, equally as important as my academic experiences. Working in the community, especially at the Oasis Clinic, has provided me with understanding, perspective and direction that I could never have found otherwise.
Serving for the common good means working as a member of the local/global community towards a better life for everybody. This involves getting a good education (not only academic); being conscious of the needs of your community; mobilizing and sharing resources; and fully engaging yourself and others in all of this- coming together for the common good.