Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Lesson plan

Aaron Bos-Lun ’12

Aaron Bos-Lun ’12 addresses children in a classroom in South Africa, as a Wheaton Fellow intern

Graduate will Teach For America

Aaron Bos-Lun ’12 has been chosen to join the Teach For America corps, a highly selective organization that trains recent college graduates who commit to teaching in a low-income community for two years. He will teach in an elementary school in Miami, Fla.

As a political science major, Bos-Lun has had a plan all along to combine a career in politics and education. “Education, democracy and international security are all about building a better world. Democracy creates the conditions for a peaceful and productive society, and education enables people to create the best version of themselves within such an environment,” he says.

He views Teach For America as an opportunity to combine education and social change in an up-close and personal way. In his second year of Teach For America, he plans to begin a master’s degree program in education and social change at the University of Miami.

Bos-Lun arrived at Wheaton with plenty of community service and real-world experience fueling his passion to connect with and help others. He had attended the United World College in New Mexico, a two-year school embracing cross-cultural unity, where he got to know students from all over the world. He also had gained valuable experience as a volunteer for City Year in Washington, D.C., where he spent 60 hours a week working with middle school students.

“I saw kids deemed ‘unteachable’ who were taught, and ‘unreachable’ kids who were reached,” he says. “The experience deepened my commitment to the idea that our country has more than enough resources to solve the social problems we face, and I saw through the faces of kids I worked with that I was capable of being part of that.”

While at Wheaton he has been busy with a variety of experiences. Freshman year he traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, as a Wheaton Fellow to intern at the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust. He studied abroad in Bhutan, where he taught English and ran leadership workshops for two fifth grade classes.

Bos-Lun, a member of the honor society Phi Beta Kappa, described his time at Wheaton as “a four-year microcosm of what I want my whole life to be—full of growth and adventures, challenging, rewarding, intense and fun.”

He was an intern for the Office of Service, Spirituality and Social Responsibility; a preceptor; senator for the Student Government Association; a procedural advisor for the college hearing board; co-president for Wheaton’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institute; and a mentor for the Higher Education Readiness Opportunity (HERO) program. He also was a research assistant for the Political Science Department, and a writer for the Wheaton Wire.

His optimism has made an impression on peers and professors alike.

“He has a great sense of humor—I can hear his laughter now, ringing in my ears!” says Assistant Professor of History Dolita Cathcart. “Aaron is one of those rare students who arrived on campus already committed to social justice for all. His commitment to his beliefs and desire to help make this country, this world, a better place for all, but, in particular, for the underserved, the marginalized, and the poor, has never wavered. This next step in working for Teach For America is a logical move for someone committed to changing peoples’ lives for the better.”

Portrait photo by Charles Wang ’15

About Elizabeth Meyer

Elizabeth Meyer is a student in the Class of 2014.