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’!