Name: Madeleine Johnson
Graduation Year: 2015
Hometown: Roslindale, MA
As a finalist for a slot at Bryn Mawr, Madeleine almost missed her Posse Foundation interview, the youth leadership program. âI had rowing every day, and I had to miss it. Iâm so thankful I did!â
Her Internship: After her sophomore year, Madeleine worked at an urban farm and farm education nonprofit in the West Mt. Airy section of PhiladelphiaâWeavers Way Community Programs. Her internship gave her the opportunity to explore the sustainable food worldâespecially 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, âbackpacking on the South Island, zip-lining in Rotorua and learning about New Zealandâs mission to bring back its native bird population, and visiting the Dunedin Botanic Gardens.â She adds, âNew Zealand has so much to offer in such a small country, and itâs been really nice to explore and about the country before we start studying in it!â
Service-Oriented: âI enjoy service,â 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. âThe woman I visit is so sweet,â she says. âLast time I visited, someone asked her, âIs this your grandmother?â And she said, âOh, Iâm her Pennsylvania grandmother.â
Her Support System: Posseâand Bryn Mawrâprovided Madeleine with a sense of community and a strong support system. âWhether itâs because of going to college, or going to a womenâs college, or going to Bryn Mawr itself, or Posse, I think Iâve become much more confident in what I am doing,â she says.
Why I Love Bryn Mawr: âSometimes I look around and I realize how lucky I am. Iâm never going to live in a castle again for the rest of my life so I better enjoy it while it lasts!â