Strong Stories: student life

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 campaign, she’s well on her way. Hawkins’ passion for politics – which she’s...

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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 prospect of upper-level science and math courses, but found that she thrived studying what she loved. And she...

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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 earning her degree in fashion merchandising and design, Melissa served as president of the Meredith Fashion Association. Another...

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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 Meredith through Zawadi Africa, an educational fund founded by Susan Mboya, Meredith’s 2014 commencement speaker. She maximized...

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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 and other obligations is tough,” said Amanda. “But when you believe in what you’re...

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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 seen the world. She’s spent time in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand; Toronto and Ottawa, Canada;...

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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 for what’s next involved several faculty and staff, all of whom helped her explore different career...

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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 taught me to branch out and try new things,” Caitlyn said. “Stepping out of my comfort...

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