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Powerful stories of the Meredith community going strong.

Senior Ally Cefalu sits in front of Meredith College fountain in her cap and gown.

Combining Biology and Psychology – Ally Cefalu »

Legacy Scholar and Honors student Ally Cefalu, ’22, double majored in biology and psychology, became a Student Assistant, conducted lab research, and formed a strong bond with the Meredith community. After graduation, she’ll be applying her passion for biology and mental health to the lab as an Analyst I at BioAgilytix in Durham.


Joselyn Marroquin Aparicio, ’22

Prioritizing Maternal Mental Health – Joselyn Marroquin Aparicio »

At Meredith, Joselyn Marroquin Aparicio, ’22, discovered a passion for studying the reproductive system and maternity health. She hopes to encourage other Latina women to pursue their dreams and earn a college degree.


Cinthia Arreola in Commencement Gown seated with dog

Supporting Community Through Translation – Cinthia Arreola »

After Spanish and biology major Cinthia Arreola, ‘21, took a course in Spanish translation during her junior year, she found new ways to support her community.


Sammie Duerring

Embracing Learning Opportunities – Samantha Duerring »

Samantha Duerring, ’20, conducted undergraduate research on the perceptions of GMOs on Meredith’s campus.


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Hannah Flood »

English major Hannah Flood, ’20, built strong connections at Meredith through an internship, studying abroad, and campus traditions.


Preparing for a Successful Future – Parimala Prahalad »

Parimala (Pari) Prahalad, ’20, a biology major, was well prepared for her next phase of education in the School of Dental Medicine at East Carolina University.


Prioritizing Goals – Allie Kvasnicka »

Allie Kvasnicka, ʼ20, was able to accomplish her goals of majoring in biology and psychology, completing an internship, and conducting research because of faculty support and encouragement.


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Becoming a Compassionate Leader – Rana Oueijan »

At Meredith, Rana Oueijan, ’19, pursued a focused academic path and enjoyed a variety of powerful hands-on learning experiences. Next up: the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program at Campbell University.


Sana Haseeb

Lending a Helping Hand – Sana Haseeb »

For Sana Haseeb, ’19, helping others has always been an important part of her life. When she arrived at Meredith, she sought out ways to lend a helping hand around campus and in the local community.


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Gaining Powerful Experiences – Jada Labriado »

Through her time at Meredith College, Jada Labriado, ’19, has grown in her confidence and independence, planning to use her double major in biology and communication to pursue a career in dentistry.


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