Madelyn Smith '13

Madelyn Smith '13
  • Hometown: Eastsound, WA
  • Major(s): International Relations / Minor: Economics
  • Thailand Fellow for Global Playground

About Madelyn Smith '13

It all began 18 years ago in a small town known as Clearwater, Florida… I was a rambunctious little one, known for my enthusiasm and desire to be in command. In elementary school I was always the last one picked for kickball. By my freshmen year of high school I decided that this needed to change, I decided that I was going to become an athlete. I joined soccer, basketball, golf and sailing just to prove to those bullies that I could do it. This drive to succeed has pushed me to do many things. Last year I learned how to solve a Rubik’s cube. In high school I became a certified ski instructor. One afternoon a few years back I became fascinated by airplanes and how they work, so I took pilots lessons. Later that year I received a pamphlet in the mail asking me to compete in a pageant, so I became third runner up Miss Teen Washington.

But this is all beside the point. These are all things that I have accomplished, they are not who I am. I am a girl on a journey to discover what my purpose is. I am an intellect on a quest to unveil knowledge that knows no bounds. I am an optimist, a hopeful, and a human being just as all of you are. But most importantly, I am a servant.

I have served through my school, on my sports teams, on mission trips, in afterschool programs, with children on Orcas, through my job, in collaboration with other organizations, and I could go on and on and on. Service has become such an integral part of my life that it is often difficult for me to draw the line between service work, and my daily routine. I serve because I believe that I am meant to do good in this world. I serve because I have been blessed with so many opportunities that I feel the need and the desire to give back. I serve because service brings me joy. I am Maddy Smith, and that is my story.

Posts by Madelyn Smith '13

The Anti-list Manifesto

Ten things every human should know: Love is the essence of life and all understanding Spend time with yourself You will get out of

The Hand You’re Dealt

Sometimes we find ourselves in an unpredictably difficult bind trying to figure out what move we are going to play next. We weigh the

When the Real World Shuts Down

Walking through the streets of Washington, D.C. there is an air of uncertainty that permeates all that we do these days. This uncertainty is

Welcome Class of 2017 – Define Your Dreams to Determine Your Future

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington I thought it appropriate to address the Class of 2017 with a promise

Jaded.

Day after day I am bombarded with news about wars raging, violence ensuing, natural resources depleting and crises destroying lives of millions of people.

Candlelight Ceremony: The Class of 2013 Alma Mater

In 1904 James Southall Wilson wrote the Alma Mater of the College. Directly translated to “nourishing mother”, this hymn represents all that has been,

Finding Your Light

Belonging. It’s the thing that defines us, controls us, consumes us and encourages us. It’s the reason that we push ourselves to be something

The Class of 2013 Banner

I walked towards the banner today. Slowly, watching it grow larger as I approached from the distance. The last time I saw this banner

The Importance of Giving

Lately I have been having a lot of moments where I stop and pause to think about the past four years at William &