Richard Walsh is a sophomore Bonner Scholar and computer science major from Chillicothe, Ohio. In addition to classes and his Bonner Scholar placement, he manages a web design firm.
From a young age I was taught to take nothing for granted. All that was received was to be earned, and all that was earned was to be received. I grew up with the understanding that while nothing is free, not everything has to be paid for.
I am currently exercising that lesson by devoting more than 50 hours per week working with the DePauw Environmental Policy Project, an off-campus study opportunity that allows students to research and present factual information on legislation related to environmental and social issues at the Indiana General Assembly. It’s an off-campus study that allows us to receive academic credit for our impactful work.
I spend much of my time dissecting the logistics and potential social impact of proposed bills, resolutions, and constitutional amendments. Using the data that I find in my research, I form a well-rounded opinion that I present to various legislative committees in the form of concise testimony.
As a Bonner Scholar, the opportunity for me to give back to my community in this way is absolutely exhilarating. I can think of no better way to repay my community for its compassion than to ensure that I do all that I can to leave it with improved institutions.
How do you give back to your community?