Purposeful Work at Bates

Work is fundamental to our lives. It helps define who we are and who we will become while sustaining us practically and providing the means to shape our lives.

Purposeful Work at Bates is about helping students discover the joy and power that arise from aligning who they are with what they do. It builds on the work that students do in class, in the arts, on athletic teams, with clubs and organizations, and through community engagement. It helps students identify and cultivate their interests and strengths and provides opportunities for them to acquire the knowledge, experiences, and relationships necessary to pursue their aspirations with imagination and integrity.

Informed by this philosophy, students emerge from Bates equipped to make intentional decisions about their work, selves, and how the two relate. This isn’t just about our liberal arts mission; it’s an imperative in today’s world.