At Meredith College, all of our students are fearless in pursuing their future. Strong Stories highlight some of these students who represent our core values and are preparing for a life of purpose and impact.
Here are 22 powerful stories from the Meredith community to inspire your college search for 2022.
1. Taylor Keyes
As someone who loves a challenge, Taylor Keyes, ’19, finds her work as a lab research technician for Duke Health to be both purposeful and fulfilling. Meredith helped Taylor connect her strengths in problem-solving to a career in vaccine research.
With support from her research advisor, biology & public health student Joselyn Marroquin Aparicio, ’22, is passionate about studying life, including the reproductive system and maternity. As a first-generation college student, she’s hoping to encourage other Latina women to pursue their dreams and earn a college degree.
3. Logan Alphin
Business administration major Logan Alphin, ’19, is thriving in her career thanks to the meaningful hands-on experiences and strategic and critical thinking skills she gained through Meredith’s School of Business.
Fulbright recipient Briana Petrusa, ’21, combines her interests in chemistry and Spanish to pursue a career in medicine helping underserved populations.
Environmental sustainability major and class president Casey Corpening, ’22, plans to be a science teacher. As a Meredith College and NC Teaching Fellow, she is learning to apply her strengths in the classroom.
At Meredith, interior design major Erykah Harris, ʼ21, learned to take advantage of the experiential opportunities that came her way.
Inspired by a study abroad experience and with guidance from her faculty mentor, honors student Natalya Brown, ’21, now holds three Bachelor of Arts degrees: Spanish, criminology, and sociology.
8. Laura Austin
Laura Austin, ’21, is passionate about the arts. She found studying theatre in a women’s college environment an empowering experience.
9. Naomi Hill
At Meredith, communication student Naomi Hill, ’21, discovered a passion for leadership and activism. After graduating, she plans to attend law school to become a litigator who focuses on issues impacting women.
10. Tyler Pharr
A fashion merchandising and design major with a design concentration, Tyler Pharr, ’21, is in New York City. She is pursuing a master’s degree in fashion studies at The New School.
11. Bailey Birtchet
Taking full advantage of a plethora of opportunities at Meredith, Bailey Birtchet, ’21, is more than ready to take on her next challenge as a Fulbright award recipient. Bailey is currently studying in the Netherlands at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures, St. Joost School of Fine Art and Design.
After learning about her strengths through Meredith’s StrongPoints® program, Sania Laraib Shujauddin, ’19, gained the confidence to pursue leadership and networking opportunities early in her college career.
13. Sophie Lee
Psychology major Sophie Lee, ’22, came to Meredith ready to take on new challenges. Identifying her strengths helped her decide on a career path, including pursuing a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational psychology at Meredith.
Psychology major Rachel Scott Dunn, ’21, used her personal experiences and strengths, finding her ideal career path at Meredith. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree and her dream job of helping children with autism in a one-on-one setting.
15. Sarah Powell
During her first year at Meredith College, Business & Economics student Sarah Powell, ’22, discovered her strength to advocate for change. Now student body president at Meredith and an aspiring law student, Powell continues to hone her leadership skills to become a successful advocate.
16. Kimberly Schuh
After graduating with a degree in exercise & sports science, Honors Scholar and dual-sport athlete Kimberly Schuh, ’21, works as an elementary P.E. teacher. This career combines her interests in movement and education.
17. Neali Healms
Neali Healms, ’21, learned how to become a strong leader at Meredith by serving as Cornhuskin’ co-chair. She plans to use the skills she gained from campus leadership in her future career in public relations.
18. Tasia Bromell
Business administration major and honors student Tasia Bromell, ’21, studied abroad and held leadership roles both on campus and during her HR internship. She continues her education at Meredith as an accelerated MBA student.
19. Rachel Hefner
Building her legacy of kindness at Meredith College, social work student Rachel Hefner, ’21, dedicates most of her time volunteering to improve the lives of those who live within her local community. She is now in the advanced standing master of social work program at Virginia Commonwealth University.
20. Jasmine Lewis
Jasmine Lewis, ’21, a double major in family and consumer science and psychology, said she is growing into her authentic self because of her time at Meredith.
21. Cinthia Arreola
After Spanish and biology major Cinthia Arreola, ’21, took a course in Spanish translation during her junior year, which inspired her to continue to uncover new ways to support her community.
22. Paige Lawrence
An Honors Scholar with majors in psychology and mathematics, Paige Lawrence, ’21, realized the importance of community while at Meredith. This discovery inspires her to work with retirement homes to study fall prevention. After graduating, she continues her studies at East Carolina University in the Master of Occupational Therapy program.