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SOPHOMORE | NURSING MAJOR
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
"Being a student leader has taught me countless lessons about how being an engaged college student can translate to being an active member of any community, whether within or outside of an academic setting. I have learned how to truly be empathetic to people. I've also learned how to engage others and authentically listen to their thoughts and ideas."
Madison loves UMSL because she already feels at home here on campus, after only a year. Her early classes at the Pierre Laclede Honors College made her feel comfortable with faculty and feel like the leadership at UMSL really does care about the students. Working with Residential Life, Madison has always felt valued and received social and academic support that she never expected. Everywhere she goes on campus, she know that she can find the support she needs, be it through the College of Nursing, Student Life, or anywhere in between.
In only a year, Madison has served in various roles across campus. Last year, she was a peer tutor for Dr. Paul’s Human Anatomy and Physiology course, a Peer Educator with the Triton Health Educators, treasurer of UMSL Students for Life, the Oak Hall 3N floor representative for UMSL's chapter of Residence Housing Association, and also a Desk Assistant with ResLife at Oak Hall. This coming year, Madison will be a Weeks of Welcome crew leader, a Student Mentor and Advisory Recruitment Team (SMART) member within the Honors College, the Vice-President of UMSL Students for Life, and the Honors Living and Learning Community Residential Peer Mentor.
Being a student leader has taught Madison countless lessons about how being an engaged college student can translate to being an active member of any community, whether within or outside of an academic setting. She has learned how to truly relate to people and how to engage others and authentically listen to their thoughts and ideas. She’s also learned how to be a productive member of a team, while also learning what it takes to stand alone as leader with purpose. He favorite leadership quote comes from her pastor, Jeff Cloeter who says “Strength is for service, not status.” Madison likes this quote because she wants to use what she learns at UMSL in service to others instead of for herself.