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"Class Of 2019" - Strong Stories


Shanzila Chowdhury

Shanzila Chowdhury

As a dual degree engineering student Shanzila Chowdhury, ’19, describes her Meredith journey as one of persistence and determination - and it has paid off. Post-graduation, Shanzila accepted a full-time position as an electrical engineer. 


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Belle Williams

Fulbright grant recipient Belle Williams, ’19, loved the Spanish language from a very young age, inspiring her to study Spanish and international studies.


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Hannah Naylor

After overcoming multiple hospitalizations and surgeries that led to her becoming homebound for three years prior to college, Hannah Naylor, ’19, was determined to not let these hardships affect her academic success.


Jennifer Orellana

Jennifer Orellana

Jennifer Orellana, ’19, has always enjoyed working with children, which sparked her interest in becoming a teacher. That was partially why she came to Meredith. But she discovered a new passion.


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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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Emily Wilkinson

Emily Wilkinson, ’19, has always had a passion for children and individuals with special needs. Her Meredith experience has grown that passion and her own personal experiences have inspired her to become a special education teacher.


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Caroline Garrett

Caroline Garrett, ’19, aims to change the world through advocacy. With a passion for helping others, she is pursuing degrees in social work and psychology with a minor in sociology.


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Berekia Divanga

When Berekia Divanga, ’19, moved from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, to Raleigh in 2012, she brought her ambition and determination.


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Allie Sullivan

“Going Strong” is more than a brand for Allie Sullivan, ’19, who has found a way to get involved in all aspects of Meredith College’s campus life from traditions to student organizations to performing on stage.


Annie Poslusny

Annie Poslusny

Annie Poslusny, ’19, dreamed of going back to school to study art history. With an undergraduate degree in French, she chose to earn a second undergraduate degree with a self-designed contract major in art history.


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