Volunteers planting bulbs. Photo by Rhoda Maurer.

orking at the arboretum is actually one of my favorite things that I do during the week at Swarthmore. I spend a lot of time in McCabe Library doing reading and writing papers. With that kind of work, you can sit down and spend six hours and come up with an essay that fits on four sheets of paper, or an academic book that you have now read thoroughly. With the Arboretum, after just three hours of work, I can really see the difference I've made, I can see piles and piles and piles of leaves, or a walkway with no more snow on it. It provides a really nice contrast, and I really like getting to do physical work."

Alix Gould-Werth '07
History and sociology & anthropology
Gardener assistant
Madison, Wis.