Freshman Honors Profile – Madison Burton

My next candidate was someone who I felt deserved a lot of recognition, and her name is Madison Burton. Madison is the recipient of the 2014 Presidential Scholarship, which is one of our very top scholarships here at Meredith that only one freshman is chosen to receive each year.  She not only shows that she is a good student, but she goes the extra mile to spread love and joy wherever she goes, and she makes a very positive contribution to her community through the things with which she is involved and committed to.  Here is what she had to say:

“Hi, Madison!  First of all, congratulations.  You are our class’s Presidential Scholar, and you have worked so hard to get where you are at right now. What brought you to Meredith? What did you see here that you didn’t see at other colleges you visited?”

“I came to Meredith initially because it felt like home, to be honest. I wanted to go to a college that was focused on community just as much as academics. I can’t really explain what happened. I happened to tour Meredith one sunny day and I fell in love!”

“That’s wonderful!  Yes, everything is so much more impressive when the weather cooperates 🙂 So, what kinds of opportunities has the Honors Program provided for you so far?”

“The Honors Program has already given me a jump-start in learning more about my major through honors projects in my most interesting courses. The fall trip to Charleston allowed me to experience literature in a hands-on way and gave me the opportunity to create new friendships. It’s like a community within a community.”

Sidebar: I so agree with that.  The Honors program here truly allows you to expand your horizon and take on activities that are so relevant to your field of study, as well as other excursions that allow you to learn for the sake of learning.   I’m glad to hear that someone else agrees!

“So, what is your intended major?”

“I plan to double major in psychology and early childhood development, and minor in religion.”

“That’s wonderful.  I know working with children is something that you are very passionate about and I’m glad to see you pursuing your dreams. So, Madison, my final question: How do you feel about your projected time here at Meredith?”

“I feel optimistic about my future at this college. I was nervous on move-in day at the beginning of the year; we all were. I wanted to be sure that I had made the right choice by coming here. But I have to say, all of my doubts are gone and I feel confident about my decision to attend Meredith College.”

“Thanks so much, Madison!”

I know you will let your spunk and intellect allow you to pursue greatness in your life, and I know the Meredith community is excited to see what you will do next!

Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone, and I hope everyone in the freshman class is prepared for her first year of Corn Huskin’!

Freshman Honors Profile – Megan Munson

Hey, guys!  Can you believe it’s already Halloween, and we only have one week until Corn Huskin’?!  This entire semester has gone by so fast.  I really hope everyone is doing well and pulling it together with their classes – only about a month left until we will have completed our first semester of college!

I have spotlighted a few freshmen who have given me great insight about how they are feeling about being here at Meredith and the progress they have made thus far here in the Honors Program.  I think as new Honors students, it’s important for us to hear from people our own age about things they are facing, what they are experiencing, and how they think a degree from Meredith will impact their lives.

My first candidate is Megan Munson.  I’d like for you all to take a moment and think about being where you are right now, academically, here at Meredith, as an Honors scholar, or a Teaching Fellow.  Either way, academic rigor is a challenge everyone faces in their first semester of college; now, imagine being BOTH of those things. Megan is an Honors scholar and a Teaching Fellow, with the intent to become an English professor.  I sat down with Megan and asked her a few things about her management between both programs, and here is what she had to say:

“Megan, what kind of opportunities has the Honors program provided for you thus far?”

“I like the opportunity to take more rigorous classes while here at Meredith. I also like the day-long/weekend-long trips that we take, because I form a bond with my fellow honors sisters. Fun fact: On the trip to the NC History Museum, I took my first ever Raleigh bus ride!   It was my first time using public transportation in Raleigh.”

“And how did you like that?”

“The bus seats were very colorful and very nice! A stranger got on the bus at another stop and he was wearing a shirt that said “FF Baseball” and it was the initials of my high school. So I leaned over, because he was in the isle, and I was by the window, so I asked, “Are you from First Flight High School?” and he said, “Yes . . . . do you know about First Flight?” So we ended up talking about our high school teachers. He graduated in 2009 and I just graduated this year, so we talked about who was still there and things that have changed. It was a great experience and we talked the entire time. It was something I’ll never forget and I wouldn’t have had that if it weren’t for the Honors Program.”

“That’s so cool!  So, how do you feel about being an Honors student and a Teaching Fellow?”

“I didn’t know what to expect coming in at all.  My roommate likes to say that I’m a Teaching Fellow with a lot of extra work to do and honestly, I really like doing both. I like the opportunities that are afforded to me through the Honors and Teaching Fellows programs, which I think make me a more well- rounded student.”

“That’s wonderful! So what do you want to teach?”

“Right now, I am on track to teach middle school English.”

Amazing, right? My last question was probably my favorite question and I received a great response from her:

“What did you see in Meredith that you never saw in any other college you visited?”

“To be completely honest, Meredith was not my first choice. The whole idea of going to an all-girls school was not something I had originally envisioned when applying to college. But throughout my senior year of high school, Meredith continuously overwhelmed me. You can really tell how much they care about each student – which I found was hard to affirmatively see at other, bigger colleges. I loved receiving Christmas and Valentine’s Day cards in the mail from Meredith. Not only did the small personal touches really impress me, they also made my parents excited about Meredith. The more I learned about Meredith, the more I fell in love. The small class sizes, the perfect location, and admittance to both the Honors and Teaching Fellows programs all continually convinced me that this college is the best fit for me. The deal was sealed once I received a generous academic scholarship. I know without a shadow of a doubt that Meredith is the school that God wants me to go to – he kept on putting people in my life who encouraged me that Meredith was my best fit. Now that I’m here, I am fully convinced that God has put me here for a reason. The friends I’ve made, the organizations I’ve been involved with, and the wonderful classes I’ve taken have altogether made Meredith an overall wonderful experience. There are new and enriching opportunities around every corner – which is what college is supposed to be about, right?”

“We are so glad to have you here! Thank you for your time.”

Thanks so much, Megan! We can’t wait to see you shine here! 🙂