Monday, May 4, 2020

Graduate Profile: Maddy Woodson

Even as a Hendersonville dual enrollment high school student Maddy Woodson knew that she wanted to go to college. The big question was what did she want to study?
“I really didn’t know what I wanted to do for a career,” she said. “But I did know that free college was a good deal.”
And so she came to Vol State using TN Promise. It didn’t take long for her to get involved on campus. She has been an honors student, a President’s Ambassador, and traveled to India with the International Education program. All of those activities led to new perspective.
“I had never left the country. It was my first time seeing another part of the world. It made me want to come back and serve.”
That travel experience, and her other service work at Vol State, has helped her formulate a possible career plan. “I want to open my own non-profit in the future. I’m going after a marketing degree at Lipscomb and want to do a minor in Business as a Mission. It will help me focus on the giving back part of being an entrepreneur.”
The Lipscomb education for her bachelor’s degree will be free, thanks to her being awarded a Trustee Transfer Scholarship.
She looks back on her college career, thus far, with a smile. “It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It gave me time to mature and get a feel for college.”
Maddy is disappointed that she won’t be able to experience graduation in-person. But she does plan to take part in the virtual ceremony. “We worked so hard and you look forward to that in-person graduation. But my family will still be celebrating with me. I just need to be grateful and happy.”

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