Colin Bates: Our Vulnerability Is Our Strength


Penn State student Colin Bates is an aide to two men who are mentally disabled. It’s a stressful job and the pay is low, but Bates loves the work. It’s given him new perspectives on success and failure, and he has discovered it’s okay to need help.

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Colin Bates is a resident service assistant for people with mental disabilities and a student at Pennsylvania State University. He’s finishing a degree in English and will pursue an MFA in creative writing. He lives in Bellefonte, Pa., with his cat, Cleo.