Strong Stories Blog

Powerful stories of the Meredith community going strong.

Strong Story | Destiny McDuffie

Strong Story | Destiny McDuffie

As a Meredith College scholar in the GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science program, Destiny McDuffie, ’16, gained valuable research and professional experience that gave her an edge when it came time to apply to grad school. 

In particular, Destiny... more


Strong Story | Christina Churchill

Strong Story | Christina Churchill

Dual degree engineering student Christina Churchill, '16, is looking forward to starting her new position with IBM after graduation. She will graduate with a degree in mathematics from Meredith and one in computer engineering from NC State. <... more


Strong Story | Meredith Hovis

Strong Story | Meredith Hovis

Studying abroad is often described by college students as a life-changing experience. For Meredith Hovis, ’16, the time she spent in Costa Rica was truly transformative. It helped her to discover a love of research, master the Spanish language, and prepare... more


Strong Story | Katie Holland

Strong Story | Katie Holland

When Katie Holland, ’16, started an internship with Credit Suisse after her junior year, little did she know it would end with a job offer. A double major in business administration and economics with a minor in finance, Katie will start... more


Strong Story | Aarusha Shakya

Strong Story | Aarusha Shakya

Aarusha Shakya, '16, made the most of her Meredith College experience, completing two majors, multiple internships, and studying abroad, all while maintaining her place on the Dean's List.

Aarusha, who is from Kathmandu, Nepal, has earned degrees in economics... more


Strong Story | Nicole Lawson

Strong Story | Nicole Lawson

Nicole Lawson, ’16, is a firm believer in the power of dance to educate and transform.

A double major in dance studies and Spanish, she explored that transformative power through her honors thesis, which investigated whether dance could help... more


Strong Story | Katelyn Smith

Strong Story | Katelyn Smith

A love of learning about other cultures prompted Katelyn Smith, ’16, who majored in Spanish and international studies, to apply for the Fulbright Program.

Her successful application to the prestigious program means Katelyn will spend nine months in Mexico... more


Strong Story | Lindsay Vandenbroeck

Strong Story | Lindsay Vandenbroeck

For psychology major Lindsay Vandenbroeck, ’16, participating in a summer internship was far more than a learning experience. It added new dimension to her career possibilities after graduation. 

Having worked for the Meredith Autism Program and the Autism... more


Strong Story | Nora Butkovich

Strong Story | Nora Butkovich

Nora Butkovich, ’16, who designed her own major in art history, says Meredith provided her with the foundation to embark on her journey of becoming a museum curator. 

She has earned a full scholarship to graduate... more


Strong Story | Rachel Powell

Strong Story | Rachel Powell

Success can be difficult for a college senior to define, especially when facing the uncertainties of life after school. But for biology major Rachel Powell, ’16, the picture is clear: she has received a full scholarship to her dream university, for... more


Strong Story | Lacey Hambridge

Strong Story | Lacey Hambridge

In her four years at Meredith College, Lacey Hambridge, ’16, has worked to educate school-age children, provide shoes for children in need, and combat hunger by educating others.

A food and nutrition major with a minor in biology, Lacey... more


Strong Story | Caitlin Chastain

Strong Story | Caitlin Chastain

Being a freshman in college does not necessarily mean you are inexperienced, and it certainly doesn’t mean you’re not strong. For business administration major Caitlin Chastain, '19, quite the opposite is true. She came to Meredith intending to... more


Strong Story | Avonee Simmons

Strong Story | Avonee Simmons

Honors student. Undergraduate researcher. Member of various clubs and organizations. These are just a few roles Avonee Simmons, ’17, has played during her three years at Meredith College.

Avonee, an Elizabeth City, N.C., native, is a fashion merchandising... more


Strong Story | Shantel Jordan

Strong Story | Shantel Jordan

As a senior at Meredith, Shantel Jordan, ’16, is already on her way to achieving her aspiration to be a sports reporter on a national network.

“My major goal is to become a sideline reporter on network television... more


Strong Story | Alayna Bolyard

Strong Story | Alayna Bolyard

Choosing a career path is no small feat. For Meredith psychology major Alayna Bolyard, ’16, participating in an internship brought her closer to that big decision. 

In fact, Alayna’s summer 2015 internship with The Center for Volunteer... more



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