Reflections from ACE

Community Gardening as Preventative Medicine

As an avid home cook, I have long been familiar with all that is to gain from getting into the kitchen. Cooking is a creative outlet, a celebration of cultural tradition, an invitation for friends to gather around the table, and affords us a say in the nutritional value of what we eat. It was…
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April 29, 2019 0

Making Change through Policy Research

During my time at ACE, I have been a team leader for the Community Policy Institute. This have given me the chance to work closely with local non-profits such as the Environmental Advocates of New York and the Hunger Action Network. In addition to honing my skills in areas such as policy research and public…
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April 22, 2019 0

From Training to Action

Over your time in the program you will participate in many trainings and programs that focus on topics such social justice issues, community development, and professional development. It is important to remember the skills taught in each of these and take them outside of the program to service sites and professional settings. What was your…
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April 3, 2019 44

Communication is the Key

Being able to communicate effectively is an important skill in both personal and professional spheres. Whether it be communicating with team members, supervisors, someone you disagree with, or friends, this is a skill that needs to be practiced. When have you excelled in communicating with others? When have you faced challenges in communicating effectively? What…
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March 16, 2019 47

Finding Balance and Harmony

We may have just celebrated the new year and there may be fresh snow on the ground, but spring is coming soon! Spring is a time of renewal and change. This is nature’s rebirth. For us spring, can bring a time of chaos amidst our daily lives and academics. Midterms, projects and other responsibilities take…
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March 4, 2019 56

Reflections from a Bonner Senior

The Siena College Bonner Service Leaders program has given me opportunities that would have never crossed my path had I not been in the program. From stepping outside of my comfort zone to creating and reaching new goals each year. It is a program that offers you space for improvement, to challenge yourself, to learn,…
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February 19, 2019 0

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