Extraordinary Kid Madeleine

March 19, 2020

Episode 104

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Join us as we chat with Madeleine about her experience taking a gap year before college. She shares how taking the path less traveled helped her to be a better student and to discover who she really was as a person.

"Gut feelings are guardian angels". 

MCEC Parent to Parent webinar recording: 1120 - Taking a Gap Year before College http://militarychild.adobeconnect.com/webrec1120/event/registration.html




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National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships to U.S. high school students interested in learning less-commonly studied foreign languages overseas.




Madeleine is a member of Tufts University’s Class of 2020. She is double-majoring in Community Health and Anthropology and minoring in Food Systems & Nutrition. At the intersection of her academic path of study lies curiosities about and passions for food justice, food security, the health and wellness of marginalized communities, and social justice. She grew up in a military family and is committed to working in a field of public service after graduation. Before college, Madeleine took a gap year and studied Arabic in Marrakech, Morocco, through a Department of State scholarship called the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). 

Beyond academics, Madeleine a varsity athlete and team captain for the Tufts Women’s Rowing team. She also is involved in the Tufts Food Rescue Collaborative, a volunteer organization dedicated to the mitigation of wasted food and food insecurity on our campus and in the community, and SYNS, a student-led experimental, intellectual, and research-focused think tank program supported by the Tisch College of Civic Life. 

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