Name: Madeleine Johnson
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Roslindale, MA

As a finalist for a slot at Bryn Mawr, Madeleine almost missed her Posse Foundation interview, the youth leadership program. “I had rowing every day, and I had to miss it. I’m so thankful I did!”

Her Internship: After her sophomore year, Madeleine worked at an urban farm and farm education nonprofit in the West Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia—Weavers Way Community Programs. Her internship gave her the opportunity to explore the sustainable food world—especially the educational side.

Adventure Beckons: As a junior, Madeleine spent a semester abroad, studying at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Before classes started, she had time for some adventures, “backpacking on the South Island, zip-lining in Rotorua and learning about New Zealand’s mission to bring back its native bird population, and visiting the Dunedin Botanic Gardens.” She adds, “New Zealand has so much to offer in such a small country, and it’s been really nice to explore and about the country before we start studying in it!”

Service-Oriented: “I enjoy service,” says Madeleine, as her extracurricular activities attest. In addition to her work at Weavers Way, she works with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Team to provide free tax-services to local residents and also volunteers with the Adopt-a-Grandparent program. “The woman I visit is so sweet,” she says. “Last time I visited, someone asked her, “Is this your grandmother?” And she said, “Oh, I’m her Pennsylvania grandmother.”

Her Support System: Posse—and Bryn Mawr—provided Madeleine with a sense of community and a strong support system. “Whether it’s because of going to college, or going to a women’s college, or going to Bryn Mawr itself, or Posse, I think I’ve become much more confident in what I am doing,” she says.

Why I Love Bryn Mawr: “Sometimes I look around and I realize how lucky I am. I’m never going to live in a castle again for the rest of my life so I better enjoy it while it lasts!”