How are Meredith Students Spending the Summer?

What are some of the best ways to take advantage of the time a student has available in the summer? Meredith’s Office of Admissions asked a group of rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to share what summer activities – taking summer classes, conducting research, completing internships or traveling – they have planned this year.

Summer Courses and Internships
Learning in summer courses and gaining experience through internships are popular choices.

Senior Shelby Wilson says she will be taking summer courses while working part time. “This is a good time to knock out some general education and a course for my biology degree,” Wilson said.

Many Meredith students are filling their summers with several of these options.

Hannah Thornton, ’14, is taking summer school courses, working in the Learning Center, and completing an internship. “I am interning at the Department of Public Instruction in the Academic Services and Instructional Support division, helping to develop the new K-12 curriculum and assessment models. I am helping to make change in incredible ways,” Thornton said.

Katie Riggs, ’14, is doing summer research on emergent literacy in children with disabilities, and also studying abroad in Belize.

Mary Rawls, ’14, a student in Meredith’s dual degree engineering partnership with NC State will be working at Engineering Camp, conducting research in asphalt and attending summer school.

Sophomore Christina Churchill’s plans include an internship at IBM, a mission trip and travel with family.

Jordan Cone, ’14, plans to travel abroad to Serbia, where she will spend six weeks at the University of Belgrade.

Summer Research
Fourteen Meredith students received stipends to support summer research projects this summer. The research projects cover a variety of academic disciplines, with topics ranging from “Environmental Variation: Stream Chemistry and Corbicula Shell Structure” to “Flannels, Flatbeds & F150s: Gender Non-conformity and the College Experience.”

Study Abroad
Seventy Meredith students are studying abroad this summer. Among them are 11 fashion students will complete internships during a month-long program in Paris. Four students will work at Elie Saab, two will work with menswear designer Alexandre Plokhov and five with menswear designer Rick Owens. Seven of the internships are paid positions, and all of them provide valuable experience in the field. The students will also take courses in fashion and retailing.

Programs sponsored by Meredith and led by Meredith faculty members are also being held in Costa Rica, Italy, the United Kingdom and Belize this summer.

Look for more insight from Meredith students throughout the summer. Next question: What has been your most memorable Meredith experience so far?

To learn more about Meredith, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-MEREDITH.

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