Meredith's long-standing commitment to service has led the College to engage with the community in numerous ways. Rooted in the College's Christian heritage, this emphasis on fostering a sense of justice and compassion among our students contributes to their growth as individuals and leaders who are motivated and empowered to make a difference, both while they're in school and after they graduate.
Just as there are many ways for students to make a difference, each student's particular focus is driven by her own unique experiences in the world. Jessica Wyngaarden, '10, has responded to the loss of her family members to cancer by raising funds and awareness in the Meredith community, and beyond. Ultimately, she hopes to one day work as an oncology social worker, to provide emotional support for families dealing with cancer.
"This year, I organized breast cancer awareness month with the social work club to help raise money and awareness. Cancer is a soft spot for me—I lost my mother to breast cancer at age 10 and my grandmother this past August. Cancer is not who I am, but it's a part of who I am and I feel a connection to those who are dealing with it. I want to raise awareness so that other people can facilitate the healing and treatment.
Service is something that Meredith prides itself on—the fact that there are service-learning based classes here emphasizes this focus. I took service-learning classes my freshman year, and after that I searched out ways to be involved.
Helping others contributes to your overall education, and seeing their joy only emphasizes how important it is. I think it's good for your well-being to not be so selfish and realize that people need help, whether monetarily or emotionally."
-Jessica Wyngaarden, '10