Reflections from ACE

Bonners are Leaders

Who is someone at your Site that has helped you grow to be a leader? How did that person help you? What ways does this person help you keep yourself accountable at your site?


February 18, 2019 52

Does Teamwork Really Make the Dream Work?

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller At each of our sites we have to work as a team to make sure our tasks get completed in a timely manner. That being said, sometimes working as a team can have it’s challenges. What has been the best part about…
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February 4, 2019 67

Spending a Year Postgrad with the Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Prior to being accepted to Siena College’s AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship Program, I struggled with determining whether I wanted to go right to graduate school after undergrad or if I wanted to peruse a full-time job. I felt that a one year term of service could be the perfect opportunity for me to grow professionally and…
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January 30, 2019 0

New Year, New Semester, New You

We all have regrets. Whether it is maybe not doing well on a test, applying to an internship or maybe just not hanging out with your friends as often as you would like. However, each semester we all start off we a clean slate and can find ourselves doing something that we weren’t able to…
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January 22, 2019 69

Bonners Are Thankful For…

Gobble Gobble Bonners! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to reflect on what you are thankful for. In this blog post, please write about what you are thankful for at your service site, in your academics, and in your personal life.


November 14, 2018 56

The Power of Networking

The networking mixer is quickly approaching! This will be a great opportunity to make connections with our partners, and hear more about what is going on in the community we serve! If you are doing this blog before the networking mixer please base your response on the following questions: Who do you want to have…
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November 5, 2018 48

Trick or Treat

As we are in the spookiest of seasons, let’s do some trick or treating! For this blog post please talk about the tricks and treats of your service site. The Treats are the things that you love about your site, and what motivates you to keep showing up. The Tricks are the difficulties at your…
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October 15, 2018 50

Thinking Big Picture

Now that you have begun to settle in at your sites for the year, let’s start thinking big picture. What is your dream project or goal for your site. What do you need to do to get there? Try using a SWOT analysis (see the example below) by listing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats…
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October 2, 2018 49

Bonner Development

Above you will find the Five E’s, which demonstrate the Bonner Developmental model, and a brief explanation of each. Please take some time to look over them and reflect on where you have been and where are you going. Please keep in mind that each E is not necessarily bound to a class year (i.e.…
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September 12, 2018 62

Fighting Poverty with the Albany District Attorney

It has been 2 full years since the start of my service year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow. I graduated from Siena College in the Spring of 2016 and was at a place that most 21st century college students can level with; applying to “entry level” jobs that somehow require more experience than the Bachelor’s…
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September 10, 2018 0