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“The future depends on what we do in the present.” - Gandhi
While referencing this quote from the weekly, how does this principle relate to the end of your service this semester?
p.s. stay tuned for the picture collage!
Please EMAIL a photo that captures your service as a Bonner.
All photos can be sent to Nicholas Ramundo @ firstname.lastname@example.org
photo cred: Costin Thampikutty
A Bonner’s Site is where our passions lie. This non-profit is where we learn, grow, develop and challenge ourselves. We each have our own story and relationship with our service site. The questions below ask you to tell your story…
You have now been serving at your site for a few months. You are becoming more comfortable with your site supervisor and your day to day tasks. During this time, many of you have been able to witness new projects taking off and other ideas being created. What do you envision yourself doing? What change do you want to make at your site?
As a sophomore you have gained significant experience at your service site. You now have new responsibilities and projects you are working on that have challenged and inspired you. However, with every new transition comes difficulties. To this point, what has been the biggest obstacle you have had to face at your service site? Was this a foreseeable obstacle or an unexpected turn of events?
Junior year encompasses being an example and role model at your service site. The ideas you thought of as an underclassmen are coming to life before your eyes. What project or initiative that you played in a major role in has been the most rewarding? What specifically about this experience carries such importance to your development and passion?
Think back four years ago. When you were 18 years old and just arrived at college. Some of us may have had expectations of what our college experience would entail while others did not know what to expect. Reflecting on the past four years, think of an experience you had at your site that your 18 year old self wouldn’t believe you accomplished. Describe this accomplishment in detail.
As students within the Bonner Program, we are lucky enough to be a part of the service movement. Individuals who volunteer to be apart of this movement are passionate leaders who typically have one or more issue areas they advocate and serve for. These issue areas may include access to education, homelessness, fair-trade and many more.
What is the issue area that you are most passionate about? What experiences have you had in serving this population and what would you ideally like to do to make a difference?