Advancing the Common Good
through Community Service at Bowdoin College

Tam N. Do '06

Tam N. Do '06

Tam N. Do '06

Major: Classics/ Arts
Hometown: Lynn, MA

Service Activities:

  • Alternative Spring Break, Guatemala
    Participant, 2003
    Leader, 2006
  • smART
    Founder/ Co-Leader, 2005-2006
  • Circle K
    Vice President 2004
  • Community Immersion Pre-Orientation Trip
  • Leader, 2004 - 2005
  • America Reads/ Counts
  • Volunteer Tutor 2003 - 2005
  • Common Good Grant Committee 2004
  • Art Van
    Summer Outreach Artist 2005
    Winter Mini Grant Project 2006
  • Community Service Council
    2005 - 2006

How did you first get involved in service at Bowdoin?
My first service experience at Bowdoin was with America Counts, tutoring students in math for Mt. Ararat Junior High. Caitlin McDonald, Coordinator of Community Service Programs, who interviewed me for the job, encouraged me to continue. She showed me different ways of doing service, and I guess that is where I am now. A lot of thanks go to Caitlin.

What have you gained from your service experiences and working in the community?
I owe my Bowdoin experience to service. I am not kidding, look at my activities! I am confident to say that I know much more than most students on campus, about Bowdoin and the surrounding communities. Service projects open great opportunities to learn, branch out, make friends, and have fun while...having fun.

What does it mean to serve the common good?
I guess to be there.

Story posted on April 18, 2006

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