“It’s a community where everyone has decided to be here intentionally. That’s so different from being in a college setting because we all came here and have the same core values. This experience has made me want to live intentionally in my day-to-day life.”
A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Bonnie majored in Sociology and Economics. Bonnie is passionate about education and environmental issues. Bonnie has spent the last few years heavily involved in her community, including serving as an AVID Coach with Casey Middle School where she helped facilitate the after-school program. Bonnie also served as the Business Manager of Mile 21 A Capella, a Co-Ed A Capella group based at CU Boulder. Bonnie’s hobbies include listening to music, reading, and researching. Bonnie is a part of the South Hilltop cohort and serves at Partner4Work. Bonnie was interviewed by Tina Goparaju.
Tina: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
Bonnie: I’ve never been in a living situation like this because it’s a community where everyone has decided to be here intentionally. That’s so different from being in a college setting because we all came here and have the same core values. This experience has made me want to live intentionally in my day-to-day life.
Tina: What have you enjoyed most about living in community? How have you and your housemates pushed/encouraged one another?
Bonnie: The time that we all spend in the shared spaces. We put a lot of time at the front end to spend time with one another: talk, share in our joys, and share in the struggles we’re having.
Tina: What have you enjoyed most about your nonprofit partnership?
Bonnie: They all take me very seriously and give me tasks, trusting that I can do them. I’ve learned about workforce development and local labor market demographics and that’s been personally interesting to me and something I didn’t realize I would care about.
Tina: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?
Bonnie: Erin made these lentil patties with vegetarian gravy and roasted vegetables on the side and it just tasted like Thanksgiving. It was so good.
Tina: How do you like to spend your morning and evening commute?
Bonnie: I like to take the 43 bus in and out because it’s a long enough ride that it allows me to read a book along the way.
Tina: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.
Bonnie: I’ve learned that I consider myself an extrovert, but even if there’s a lot of fun stuff in my schedule, I have to make time for it and make sure I don’t burn out. That’s something I haven’t realized before.
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