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With every new school year comes new changes. The changes could be major, like living away from home for the first time, or minor, like living in a new building. The changes could also be personal. Think about how much you have changed in the past year, or if you are new to Siena, how much you have changed in the short time you have been here.

Write about how much you have changed in the last year, or since you first got to Siena. Were there any experiences that brought about these changes, or any people that helped you work through them? What were some of the ways that you saw yourself grow and change during Summer Gear Up? What is one important thing you have learned from these changes?

SSS Reflection – Storytelling

We are two weeks away from the end of the Summer Service Scholar program. At this point you have gotten to know the community you’re serving in, completed most or all of your projects, and hopefully learned about yourself. Take a picture of you at your site and post it here. Ask your supervisor or colleague to get a picture of you at your desk or in action, or take a second to snap a selfie.

Then provide some background about the photo. What does it say about your experience this summer? Why did you choose the picture? What does it tell others about the work you have been doing? Share your photos and stories here for others to see!

SSS Reflection – IMPACT

Welcome to your first Summer Service Scholar blog post! Below you will find a prompt to help you think about your service this summer and your impact in the community.

“Every action we take impacts the lives of others around us. The question is: Are you aware of your impact?” – Arthur Carmazzi

What is the current impact are you making in the community this summer? What will the impact be when you complete your term? Once you have left your site at the end of the summer?

One Chapter Closes Another One Begins

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This is the last blog for the 2015-2016 year, and it is the last blog I will ever create for our Bonner reflection as I am soon graduating.  For all of us, this is a time of a chapter closing, maybe you are done with your freshmen year or you are soon becoming a senior or like me, you are graduating.

I want this blog dedicated to what you need to say about your past year at Siena, your service, life etc. but also what does your next chapter look like? Do you have summer plans, traveling to a new location, beginning the fall semester with a new position at your site?

I  am proud of you all for having such an amazing year of service and the immense growth I have seen in each person.  B-Love Always.