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Strong Story | Zainabu Otieno

Strong Story | Zainabu Otieno

All Meredith students identify their top five strengths as part of StrongPoints®. It was no real surprise when Zainabu Otieno, ’16, learned that her number one strength is “achiever.”

“I am very goal driven and I always... more


Strong Story | Mindie Stanford

Strong Story | Mindie Stanford

Mindie Stanford, ’16, has made the most of her experience at Meredith College, where she participated in the Engineering Dual Degree Program, a collaboration between Meredith and North Carolina State University. As a Presidential Scholar and a member of the... more


Strong Story | Kate Jablonski

Strong Story | Kate Jablonski

Food and nutrition major Kate Jablonski, ’16, embodies all that it means to be a Meredith College student: She is strong, smart, and dedicated. She also strives to better her community and to always lend... more


Strong Story | Jennifer Coples

Strong Story | Jennifer Coples

A strong student has a plan. For Jennifer Coples, ’16, her plan has included taking advantage of every opportunity that came her way – and creating a few opportunities of her own. Jennifer is a fashion merchandising and design and... more


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 | Erica Battles

Strong Story | Erica Battles

Attending Meredith College has shaped Erica Battles, '16, into a musician who isn't afraid to take risks. “Meredith helped me to discover my strength for performing and teaching. I was a timid musician when I started, and now I... 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


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