SAMbassador: Madison

High school: Coldspring-Oakhurst High School

Major/minor: Nursing

Class of: 2020

Hometown: Coldspring, TX

Hobbies & interests: I love to be outside, whether it's hiking, snorkeling, being out on the water or laying on the beach. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and binge watching Netflix.

Campus involvement/organizations: I am part of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.

Favorite place to eat in Huntsville: Farmhouse and Potato Shack! 

Favorite spot on campus: The steps of Austin Hall. 

Most memorable SHSU experience: Bid Day Fall 2016: Running home to my sorority letters and brand new sisters.

Favorite SHSU tradition: Celebrating graduation by engraving your name on Austin Hall.  

Favorite class taken at SHSU: Sociology 2319: Intro to Ethnic Studies.

Favorite professor: Caron Cates

One thing you can't leave home without: My cell phone & white converse.

Why did you choose SHSU?: I grew up in a small town (we had one stop light y'all) and I knew I wanted to find a campus that was small enough to still feel like home but large enough to still be a university. SHSU just seemed like the perfect fit. Not to mention, campus is gorgeous and everyone looks fantastic in orange.

One of the ways I show Bearkat pride is by: Wearing orange whenever I can and attending as many sporting events as possible! 

What has surprised you most about yourself since you came to SHSU?: I am becoming an adult.. finally! I realized I could achieve all the things I dreamed about doing before I got here. I was the kid in high school that literally took zeros on presentations in class because I was terrified of speaking in front of others. Now, I'm giving tours to incoming students.. Crazy 

What advice would you give incoming students?: GET INVOLVED!! I cannot stress that enough. Leaving home and your comfort zone can be a really scary thing, but becoming involved can make all the difference. This is your new home away from home. You can literally make your experience here be whatever you want it to be. Go out and try new things, meet new people and challenge yourself to step out of your box. This can be the best few years of your life. Have fun! Oh, and go to tutoring and snag free food whenever possible.

One fun/random fact about you: I was home-schooled most of my life and I have an unhealthy obsession with Elvis Presley.

After I graduate from SHSU, I hope to: Snag a job at Seattle Grace and be mentored by Dr. Bailey. If that falls through, I hope to be a pediatric trauma nurse at Texas Children's. 

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