Advocating for Bucknell as a student and leader has allowed me to share my experiences with alumni and develop connections that I'll hold on to for a lifetime.
"When I ran for President of the Class of 2015, I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into, but I liked the idea of making a meaningful impact in my free time. When the election ended, it all just fell into place. After four years, I understand that the continuity of maintaining the same position has been really helpful in accomplishing our goals as a class. My sophomore year, we spearheaded an initiative to bring printers to the mod residence complex, and followed through to do the same in Vedder Hall. We've also hosted a variety of successful social events that brought the entire class together.
"I realize now as a senior how much I value the opportunity to give back to the campus. In addition to Bucknell Student Government, I've gotten involved with WE DO, Bucknell's fundraising campaign. Advocating for the school as a student and leader has allowed me to share my experiences with alumni and develop connections that I'll hold on to for a lifetime. Bucknell has offered me so much and volunteering my time for the WE DO campaign is the least I can do.
"Bucknell opened doors for me to connect with communities outside of campus as well. During my junior year, I received funding from the Bucknell Arts Council to volunteer in Ecuador to play guitar with a group of Bucknell Opera Company students. There, we performed three concerts and were covered by a variety of TV stations and newspapers. I didn't have the opportunity to study abroad, but this experience gave me an outlet to use my foreign language skills. Through traveling and giving back during these two weeks, I was able to discover a different side of myself.
"My academic work at Bucknell has shown me how to frame my critical thinking skills in a liberal arts setting, which is pretty unique. As a mechanical engineer, having the opportunity to supplement my engineering requirements with classes like Political Economy of Global Resources has helped me develop an academic focus on global energy. After taking that class, I can now evaluate the socioeconomic impacts of various global concepts and ground them in an engineering mindset."
Colin is from Matawan, N.J.
Posted November 17, 2014
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