"Civic Engagement has taught me the value of listening to many voices."

photo of Ellie Rhymer“Bryn Mawr makes civic engagement not an obligation, but a fact of life. I’ve engaged with community partnerships as a volunteer, as a student, as a professional, and with campus clubs. Working with meaningful college partnerships that I come back to year after year has taught me the value of working within committed relationships. Bryn Mawr encourages students to volunteer, not for the sake of volunteering, but because we are truly passionate about something.

“Working with the ACPPA Community Arts Center in Norristown, Pa., has engaged my passion for children and the arts. Getting to know the families that attend the ACPPA Community Arts Center has been a rewarding opportunity to meet a diverse and interesting range of people from outside the Bryn Mawr College community. Teaching workshops and organizing volunteers at ACPPA has taught me self-sufficiency and the importance of follow-through.

“Volunteering with the Civic Engagement Office has given me a chance not only to give back to the community, but also to grow as a person. The life skills I’ve gained while working with community partnerships in Norristown and Philly have given me new perspective on what it means to engage with a community.”

photo of Ellie Rhymer

Ellie Rhymer ’12
Freedom, N.H.
Major(s): English, with a concentration in creative writing

Note: In addition to her work in nearby communities, Ellie Rhymer has been an active participant in the student art scene right here on campus – and pursued opportunities halfway around the world. She has worked with the Alternative Concert Series to bring a variety of live music to Bryn Mawr and played a variety of roles in productions by the Shakespeare Performance Troupe, including Prospero in The Tempest and Irwin in The History Boys. The summer after her sophomore year, she had a chance to immerse herself in another culture as a writing intern for an Internet startup in Doha, Qatar.