Where is your hometown?
What was your major(s)/degree(s) and where did you go to school?
I graduated from Texas A&M University - Whoop! There, I earned a B.A. in Communication Honors, an English minor, and two certificates (Professional Writing; Strategic Communication). I also received my M.Ed. in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Southern Methodist University.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in higher education?
In college, I took a 1 hour "Careers in Communication" seminar course where I learned my personality as an "INFJ" made me a good fit for being an Academic Advisor. That's when I FIRST started considering a career in Higher Ed. A variety of other college experiences - such as being involved in campus organizations, helping my own friends register for classes, edit their resumes, and write cover letters, and volunteering and interning at literacy agencies focused on adult learners - solidified my interest in this field. It was so rewarding - and fun - helping my friends and others communicate and then achieve their goals that I knew I wanted to continue and use these skills in a career in Higher Ed working with college students.
What is your favorite part of working for Texas State University?
I love that Texas State, similar to another state school I know and love, is rich in tradition and has a vibrant community. Because of that, I feel at home here and love walking into work every day. Plus, I love that I get to wear maroon again!
What "words of wisdom" would you like to share with students?
Don’t be afraid to move to ‘Plan B’ or ‘Plan X’ or ‘Y’ or ‘Z’ for that matter. College, after all, is a time to explore and learn things in and outside of the classroom. As long as you are intentional and honest with yourself and your passions, you’ll be fine changing your path – and you may discover this was the very path you were supposed to be on (I did!). You’ll never know though if you close your mind to possibilities.
Tell us a random fact about yourself.
When I was a kid, I used to HATE the fact that my name was ‘Madyson’ with a ‘Y’ instead of the traditional ‘Madison’ with an ‘I.’ At souvenir shops, I would always look through the items with names on them – you know, the magnets, cups, etc. – and always hope the shop would have one with ‘Madyson’ (it wouldn’t). Years (and a nickname) later I now love that my first name is unique! I hope you too embrace what sets YOU apart!