|Madison Malone, an elementary education sophomore from Valley Center, Kan., chose to attend Northwestern because she wanted to go to school out of state and be in an environment where students were connected not only with the campus, but also with the community.
Although Malone took 12 hours at Wichita State University while still in high school, she describes Northwestern as her first choice.
“After touring the campus and being so welcomed by the students and staff, I knew that Northwestern was my top choice,” Malone said.
She had ties to Northwestern before she toured the campus for the first time because her mother attended school here.
“She never pressured me to go to Northwestern…after my grandpa suggested it to me, I came on a tour with my mom,” Malone said. “Walking around the campus brought back so many great memories for her, and after I got to know the school a little, I understood why my mom always talked so fondly of her college years.”
Madison said that the cleanliness and beauty of the campus, visiting with recruiters and meeting many friendly people while on her individual campus tour were all factors in her decision to attend Northwestern.
“They (people) were so friendly and really made me feel like I was already a part of the campus,” Malone said. “I really like to be involved and active, and Northwestern seemed like it had numerous opportunities for me to partake in.”
Malone attended Ranger Preview in the fall and was accepted into the President’s Leadership Class. In her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking and helping others with hair and make-up. She is active in Student Government, Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors and was voted in by her peers as Freshman Queen during Ranger Homecoming week in 2008. She enjoys being involved with the Baptist Student Union and the Immaculate Heart Newman Society.
“I love being involved; these activities have helped me get to know professors, staff and students so much better,” Malone said.
She also enjoys her on campus job working in the recruitment office and said she is very fond of the people she works for.
“My favorite part about my job is giving tours to prospective Northwestern students,” Malone said. “I really enjoy getting to know them and informing them about the benefits of attending our university.”
Malone said her professors have not only taught her lessons in the classroom, but provided her with valuable knowledge she will use throughout her life.
“I’m grateful for everyone I’ve crossed paths with because whether their effect on me was negative or positive, it has shaped me into the person I am and the person I will become,” Malone said.
Although she previously enjoyed living on-campus in the suite-style dorms and said it is a great way to keep up with campus events, she now lives off-campus next to her math instructor, Dena Walker.
“I like how close the community is so I know if I need some extra tutoring help I’ll just walk 30 steps south to her house,” Malone said.
Malone believes in giving 100 percent in everything you do.
“If you slowly lose passion for something you began, finish it out the same way you started and worry about moving on later, never quit,” Malone said.
She said that a degree from Northwestern will hold many benefits.
“A benefit that comes with graduating from Northwestern is not only the degree, but also graduating with pride in a university that takes pride in you,” Malone said.
Madison’s Favorite Things:
Movie: “Man from Snowy River”
TV show: “Reba”
Actor/Actress: Kevin Costner/Sandra Bullock
Book: “Unafraid” by Francine Rivers
Group/Singer: Lady Antebellum
Season: spring or fall
Drink: Chocolate Milk
Pet: I love animals!
Sport to watch: Bull Riding
Toy as a child: American Girl Doll
Flower: Wild Flowers
Day of the Year: Fourth of July
Quote: “If wishes were fishes, we’d all have a fry”
Q & A with Madison:
Q: What does being a Ranger mean to you?
A: To me, being a Ranger means possessing pride and spirit in a university that goes the extra mile for its students.
Q: What are some of the things you’re glad to have learned in Ranger Connection as a freshman?
A: One thing I really enjoyed was learning who the employees were on campus and figuring out where their offices were located. Without those scavenger hunts in Ranger Connection, I probably still wouldn’t know my way around campus. It was also fun learning the history and fun facts about Northwestern.
Q: What is one of your favorite memories about a class or activity at Northwestern?
A: A favorite memory I have is running for freshman queen. I had to make an announcement in an ITV class about the fall blood drive, so I figured I might as well do a little bit of campaigning while I was being broadcast. Of course, I had never even heard of ITV classes until I came to Northwestern, so I just stood in front of the room and started talking. Eventually the teacher interrupted me and told me that I needed to turn around in order for the camera, and the class, to see my face. It was so embarrassing but it made for a pretty funny memory.
Q: Have financial aid, scholarships or campus jobs played any part in helping you attend Northwestern?
A: Financial aid and scholarships have been wonderful. Without them, attending school out of state would have been out of the question for me. My on campus job has been spectacular!
Q: What advice would you give to a prospective student trying to make a decision on where to attend school or why to choose Northwestern?
A: Not only does Northwestern have fabulous scholarships to offer but it has faculty that truly care about your success as a student and as a person. A great education combined with great people can do nothing but benefit you.
Q: What is something about you that many people do not know?
A: My initials are also my favorite candy! (M&M)
Q: What are your goals, dreams and ambitions?
A: I can’t wait to be an elementary school teacher, and of course I’m excited to someday get married and have a family.
Q: What activities, on or off campus, should students not miss out on?
A: I highly suggest attending the Woodward Elks Rodeo and the Waynoka Snake Hunt. They are both fun events that you can’t help but want to go back to.
Q: What types of volunteer activities or service learning activities have you been a part of?
A: A few friends and I put together an after school mentoring program for fourth and fifth graders.
Q: What makes Northwestern different from any other university you have attended or considered attending?
A: Northwestern is unique because the people you are surrounded by on this campus are personable and would be willing to help you with anything you need.