Welcome to the ACE Reflections Blog! This blog is used by our program participants as a way to share their academic community engagement experiences. Please browse through our postings and comments and feel free to jump right in. Thank you for visiting!

A Day in the Life

Think about the population that you serve and the people that you have interacted with at your site so far.  Describe what a typical day might be like for someone who uses the services of the community partner you work with.  Think specifically about the challenges that they may face in terms of transportation, access to resources, finances, etc. 

New Beginnings

Happy 2nd week of classes! As you think about ACE Summer Gear Up and your first week of classes this year, you may think about this time of year in terms of new beginnings.  Think about a time when you found yourself in a period of a new beginning.  Think about what this time felt like for you.  Was it challenging in any way?  Did it benefit you in the end?  

Please tell us about this “beginning” and what it looked like for you.  What is one important lesson that you learned from your new beginning?

Happy blogging! 

“It’s a lot easier to say when something ended rather than when it began. Most of us can recognize the end from a mile away, but the beginning always slips up on us, lulling us into thinking what we’re living through is yet another moment, in yet another day.” Steve Yarbrough, Safe from the Neighbors




Review and Reflect



An essential part of our presence in the Bonner Program, is looking at personal growth and development.  Looking at how much change has happened and how it has transformed you, is integral towards becoming a better person and Bonner Service Leader.

 How over the course of the year have you continued to grow and develop, personally and at your site?  What are your plans for the summer and for the seniors what are you planning on doing after graduation?  You can give anecdotes from your site, goals for the future, or anything else that you would like to share with the Bonner family.  

Have a great end of the year and do awesome on your finals!  

Observant “Ordinary Heroes”


 Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, from our Bonner meeting on March 26th exemplified how ordinary people are the true heroes.  They are the “foot soldiers” that are willing to advocate for themselves and others, which is difficult especially with societal pressures.  She ended the night by saying, “Remember, you are the future. Go out and change the world!”

What do you see as a major problem that faces the demographic that you currently serve and how do you see yourself changing that over your four years of service?  To the seniors that are graduating, how have you addressed the problems that the demographic you have served face and what advice do you give to underclassmen?