Strong Stories Blog

What makes the Meredith community strong.



A Second Chance for an Education

A Second Chance for an Education

As a student at a large state university, Cas Roberts, ’12, was once told “College isn’t for everyone.” After she was accepted to Meredith College as an adult student, she realized her issue with college was not... more


Strong Students | Libby O’Daniel

Strong Students | Libby O’Daniel

Watch strong student Libby O'Daniel, a studio art major, talk about conducting undergraduate research overseas through Meredith's study abroad program in Italy.

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A Legacy of Strength

A Legacy of Strength

Awarded for the first time in 2007, the Meredith Legacy Scholarship – the College’s first and only full, four-year merit scholarship – continues to attract strong, bright women to Meredith.

Proof of Excellence

Take Sarah Beth... more


An Eye-Opening Experience

An Eye-Opening Experience

When Ginger Neustadt, ’05, decided to attend Meredith College at the age of 64, she did so at the urging of her supervisor, who thought it would be helpful for her resume. As a political appointee who managed juvenile detention for the... more


The Power of Creativity

The Power of Creativity

Beverly Mecum, ’15, spent more than 20 years working in probation and parole and substance abuse counseling. A single parent until her children graduated from high school, she had high expectations for her children.

So when her son graduated from... more


Advocating Healthy Diets

Advocating Healthy Diets

After earning her bachelor’s degree at a large university, Catherine Pelone, ’13 (M.S. in nutrition), ’14 (Dietetic Internship), knew she wanted to pursue her graduate education in a more intimate learning environment. As she researched programs, she said... more


Internships Strengthen STEM Skills

Internships Strengthen STEM Skills

Meredith College senior Rimsha Afzal is spending her summer at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Marlene and Stewart Greenbaum Cancer Center, in Baltimore, Md., as a student intern. This is Afzal’s second summer... more


Building a Balanced Life

Building a Balanced Life

As CEO and founder of her own company, Ingrid Sanchez, ’01, MBA, said she’s a “poster child” for the Meredith MBA. After graduating in 2001, Ingrid took the business expertise that she gained through her MBA, combined it... more


Making Cultural Connections

Making Cultural Connections

Cultural bridge builder is a fitting description of Cindy Anderson, ’12 MAT. As a middle school English as a second language (ESL) teacher in Chapel Hill, N.C., Cindy teaches a diverse group of English language learners (ELLs) about the language... more


A Passion for Politics

A Passion for Politics

As a political science and Spanish double major, Emily Hawkins, ’14, is on a mission. Her ultimate goal? To help elect the first female U.S. President. And as a finance assistant for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan’s re-election... more


N.C. Principal of the Year

N.C. Principal of the Year

Meredith alumna Carrie Swart Tulbert, '01, principal of Mooresville Middle School, was named the 2014 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year during a luncheon ceremony held on May 1, 2014. She was selected from among eight regional finalists following interviews and on-site... more


Strong Graduates | The Meredith MBA

Strong Graduates | The Meredith MBA

The Meredith MBA prepares graduates to go strong - and this year's class is full of great examples.

Like Kacie Fore. She's already been promoted - before she's even finished the program - thanks... more


Strong Seniors | Holly Mills

Strong Seniors | Holly Mills

Originally a social work major, Holly was inspired by convocation speaker Chris Jordan to pursue her passion for sustainability. So she changed her major to environmental sustainability – during her junior year.

She’d been intimidated by the... more


Strong Seniors | Angie Ramkellawan

Strong Seniors | Angie Ramkellawan

Watch strong senior Angie Ramkellawan, a business administration major, talk about her Meredith experience.

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Strong Seniors | Senttra Snowden-Gregg

Strong Seniors | Senttra Snowden-Gregg

Watch strong senior Senttra Snowden-Gregg, an English major with 9-12 teaching licensure, talk about her Meredith experience.

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Strong Seniors | Melissa de Leon

Strong Seniors | Melissa de Leon

Fashion major Melissa de Leon knows her Meredith education will never go out of style.

“Meredith has taught me how to be independent, self-motivated, and strong," said Melissa. "Meredith gave me so many opportunities.”

While... more


Strong Seniors | Rodda Ouma

Strong Seniors | Rodda Ouma

When Rodda Ouma arrived at RDU International Airport four years ago to begin her Meredith education she didn't know what to expect, but she was determined to take advantage of every opportunity.

The senior from Nairobi, Kenya, attended... more


Strong Seniors | Katy Clary

Strong Seniors | Katy Clary

Watch strong senior Katy Clary, a psychology and religious and ethical studies double major, talk about her Meredith experience.

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Strong Graduates | Amanda Bodenheimer

Strong Graduates | Amanda Bodenheimer

Like many students in Meredith’s graduate programs, Amanda Bodenheimer, ’14, juggled multiple responsibilities while pursuing her Master of Science in nutrition degree. “Being an adult student in a demanding master’s program while maintaining a full-time job... more


Strong Seniors | Lara Pantlin

Strong Seniors | Lara Pantlin

Watch strong senior Lara Pantlin, a psychology major, talk about her Meredith experience.

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Strong Seniors | Rebecca Wyatt

Strong Seniors | Rebecca Wyatt

Rebecca Wyatt, ’14, came to Meredith and found her place. “Meredith gave me the unique ability to identify my passions and carve out my own place of belonging,” she said. A self-described “missionary kid,” Rebecca’s... more


Strong Seniors | Hawa Tuli

Strong Seniors | Hawa Tuli

Having lived in five different countries and graduating with a degree in biology, Hawa Tuli’s plan to pursue a master of science in global health might seem obvious.

In fact, discerning this interest and developing a plan... more


Strong Faculty | Paul Winterhoff

Strong Faculty | Paul Winterhoff

Much like our students, Meredith faculty are involved on campus in a variety of ways. Paul Winterhoff, for example, wears a number of different hats. He’s a professor of human environmental sciences. He’s also the director of... more


Strong Seniors | Andie Stuber

Strong Seniors | Andie Stuber

Andie Stuber, ’13, wouldn’t trade her Meredith experience for anything now. But she wasn't sure about coming here initially.

“My grandmother taught at Meredith for 30 years and I took piano lessons here when I was... more


Strong Alumnae | Zeenat Razvi

Strong Alumnae | Zeenat Razvi

Zeenat Razvi, ’13, has been awarded a 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship – the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind in the country, and one of the most prestigious.

Razvi’s award places her among impressive company.... more


Strong Seniors | Caitlyn DeBona

Strong Seniors | Caitlyn DeBona

Caitlyn DeBona, ’14, had many experiences as a Meredith student she hadn’t originally planned when she arrived on campus — all because the College inspired her to stretch herself and her expectations.

“My experiences at Meredith... more


Strong Seniors | Bailey Dunn

Strong Seniors | Bailey Dunn

Bailey Dunn’s empowering experience at Meredith College has prepared her to reach her goals.

“When I came to Meredith, I was a completely different person; I was really just a girl,” Bailey said. “Now,... more


Strong Graduates | Larissa Bryant

Strong Graduates | Larissa Bryant

When Larissa Bryant earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in December, she knew she was ready for her new role as a fourth grade teacher at Raleigh’s Barwell Road Elementary School. “The first day I stepped... more


Meredith in One Word

Meredith in One Word

As commencement draws near, we asked members of the Class of 2014 to describe their Meredith experience in one word. Here’s what they had to say. “Empowering” - Larissa Bryant “Rejuvenating” -... more


Strong Seniors | Yailyn Polanco

Strong Seniors | Yailyn Polanco

Experiential learning is a key component of a Meredith education, and in particular, internships. Most of our students complete at least one internship, many more than one … but FIVE?

It’s obvious that Yailyn Polanco,’14, was... more


Strong Seniors | Puja Patel

Strong Seniors | Puja Patel

Puja Patel,’14, came to Meredith to play tennis. A highly-competitive player, she was injured her senior year in high school and looked for a school with a strong Division III program where she could continue to pursue her sport.

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Strong Seniors | Meg Thedford

Strong Seniors | Meg Thedford

"Meg Thedford – you and the class of 2014 are graduating from Meredith College. What are you going to do next?" “I’M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!” (You know that famous Q&A, usually asked when sports heroes... more


Strong Seniors | Elizabeth Guiles

Strong Seniors | Elizabeth Guiles

What’s the secret to Elizabeth Guiles’ success? In a word – involvement. “I have participated in nearly every tradition and leadership experience,” said Elizabeth, a member of the class of 2014, who's graduating with... more


Strong Seniors | Allison Pappas

Strong Seniors | Allison Pappas

Allison Pappas, ’14, came to Meredith with a powerful work ethic and a desire to make a difference. A social work major and an honors student, she’s used that sense of purpose to have a positive impact on her... more


Strong Graduates | Cynthia Mosley

Strong Graduates | Cynthia Mosley

Cynthia Mosley is a lifelong learner whose enthusiasm for education has led her to pursue multiple graduate degrees – and she’s not done yet. She already has a master’s degree in mathematics education, and is receiving a... more


Dietetic Intern Named Outstanding Student

Dietetic Intern Named Outstanding Student

Tessa Nguyen, a current Dietetic Intern at Meredith College, is the recipient of the 2014 North Carolina Dietetic Association (NCDA) Outstanding Dietetics Student Award.

The Outstanding Dietetic Student Award recognizes the emerging leadership and achievement of students in Accreditation Council... more


Dancing Strong

Dancing Strong

Meredith dancers and dance faculty are going strong - as performers and choreographers. 

Dancers from Meredith were selected to perform at the American College Dance Festival Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Gala Concert on March 11, 2014.

“Kitchen Stories,... more


How Teachers Build Bridges

How Teachers Build Bridges

Megan Diehl, ’10, M.Ed., ’13, is an educator to her core. And she chose to attend Meredith not once but twice. As an undergraduate student, she majored in Spanish and became licensed as an English as a Second Language (ESL)... more


Corporate America Needs Powerful Communicators

Corporate America Needs Powerful Communicators

Tierra Morrisey, '13, spent spring break of her senior year celebrating the new job she’d just landed at Lenovo as one of just 14 college grads chosen for a prestigious new program.

Coming into her final year at Meredith,... more


What Makes a Strong Leader

What Makes a Strong Leader

As executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County (Mass.), Danielle Letourneau-Therrien, ’00, is willing to roll up her sleeves and do what needs to be done. She believes that’s what makes a good leader.

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Art and Activism

Art and Activism

Associate Professor of Art Shannon Johnstone uses her art to bring attention to shelter dogs through her "Landfill Dogs" photography project. And she's succeeding. Her work has inspired national media coverage. ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer,... more


Alumna Travels the World

Alumna Travels the World

By nature, Nicole Fernandez is exceptionally organized and detailed-oriented – strengths she refined at Meredith and that are essential in her work today as a consultant for a highly-customized, conservation-focused travel company. 

Growing up overseas had a huge... more


Making a Difference for Girls

Making a Difference for Girls

Assistant Professor of Sociology Amie Hess spends her days working with, learning about, and learning from girls and young women. So when Meredith College commissioned "The Status of Girls in North Carolina," she was an obvious choice to author the report. ... more


Developing Leaders

Developing Leaders

Women’s colleges produce leaders. That’s why so many graduates of women’s colleges are the ones to break barriers. And Meredith is no exception to that rule. In fact, many of our alumnae are out in... more


Catherine Moye

Catherine Moye

Meredith's promise: You are even stronger than you think. Catherine Moye, '13, lives this promise. Her experiences as an interior design major proved to her that she is stronger than she ever thought she was. Meredith's interior design program is... more


Erica Rogers

Erica Rogers

Erica Rogers, '13, earned a music degree from Meredith in piano performance - and then made plans to attend law school in the fall.  How does a degree in music prepare one for law school? Erica applied logical thinking skills to... more


Strong Alumnae

Strong Alumnae

Ask anyone what Meredith women have in common, and the answer will be "confidence." That's no accident. Meredith College has been educating strong, confident women for more than a century. And the thousands of women who have graduated since... more


Amparo Zelaya

Amparo Zelaya

Amparo Zelaya, '13, earned a mathematics degree at Meredith. She will be using her math skills in her job at a business analyst in the IT department at Credit Suisse. Amparo's postgrad outcome is strong, and is one shared... more


Patsy McQuaid

Patsy McQuaid

Patsy McQuaid, '13, earned a biology degree from Meredith. Patsy participated in undergraduate research, presented her findings at Meredith's Celebrating Student Achievement undergraduate research conference, and studied abroad at Meredith's location in Sansepolcro, Italy. While in Italy, she was able... more


Strong Achievements

Strong Achievements

Meredith College’s annual Celebrating Student Achievement (CSA) Day offers a full slate of research presentations, performances and award ceremonies that showcase the work of students. More than 125 students presented research during the 2013 event, held on Tuesday, April 16.<... more


Strong Faculty

Strong Faculty

Meredith faculty are as passionate about teaching as they are about scholarship. Our professors help Meredith students discern their strengths, academic and personal, and then develop ways to build on them. That approach has a profound effect on the kind... more


Kagure Wamunyu

Kagure Wamunyu

Kagure Wamunyu, '13, earned degrees in mathematics and civil engineering through Meredith's engineering dual degree partnership with NC State.

As a student at Meredith, Wamunyu's enriching experiences included meeting Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, winning a Women in Transportation... more

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