Bonner Scholar Richard Walsh: High Impact Practices

Saturday, May 11, 2013 by Center for Student Engagement

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?

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