Advancing the Common Good
through Community Service at Bowdoin College

Sara Schlotterbeck '08

Sara Schlotterbeck '08

Sara Schlotterbeck '08

Major: Gender & Women's Studies/French
Minor: Government & Legal Studies
Hometown: Holliston, MA

Service Activities:

  • Community Immersion Pre-Orientation Trip participant 2004
  • Common Good Day 2004, 2005, 2007
  • Volunteer Counselor at Camp Sunshine (Alternative Fall Break) 2005
  • Service Learning Courses: Marine Environmental Geology, Coastal Oceanography
  • Co-leader of Habitat for Humanity, Bowdoin College Chapter 2005-2006
  • 7 Rivers Maine Habitat for Humanity Board member 2005-2006
  • Better World Book Drive coordinator 2005-2006
  • Hillel Alternative Spring Break Trip to Biloxi, MS 2006
  • Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowship at the Oasis Clinic 2006
  • Oasis Clinic volunteer 2006-present

How did you first get involved in service at Bowdoin?

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.

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

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.

What does it mean to serve the common good?

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.

Story posted on November 14, 2007

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