Meet the staff: staff writer Madeline Smith

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Madeline Smith is a junior at Western Carolina University and a staff writer for The Western Carolinian. She has been with The Western Carolinian since Fall 2016, when she saw positions advertised on JobCat and thought it would be a good extracurricular activity for her English major.

Before coming to Western Carolina, Smith lived in Norwood with her mother, step mother and step brother. Music was always an important part of her life. In addition to being a drum major and trumpeter for her high school marching band, she studied piano for eight years.

Since beginning her college career, Smith has kept busy. She has an ambitious curriculum, consisting of double majors in English and Forensic Anthropology, as well as a minor in history. She works not only for The Western Carolinian but also at the Subway on campus and as an orientation counselor, and she also holds a lengthy list of charitable positions. She volunteers with the children’s ministry at the Bridge Church every Sunday and participated as a bachelorette in an auction to benefit the March of Dimes. She also serves as president for the Forensic Science Club.

While it’s hard to imagine such an active person having any free time, Smith says she enjoys several hobbies. She and her friends regularly attend events on campus, including basketball games and anything put on by Last Minute Productions. She likes Netflix, and some of her favorite shows are “Shameless,” “Chewing Gum” and “Supernatural.” Whenever she has time, she also appreciates a nice, long nap.

Smith’s postgraduate plans aren’t set in stone, but she has a plethora of options. She hopes to be accepted into graduate school at Western Carolina once she completes her current degrees, and her transcript certainly seems impressive enough for it. However, if that doesn’t work out, she plans to move to California, where she can be closer to her grandparents and try to get a job writing for BuzzFeed.

Smith has had an enriching experience since enrolling at West
ern Carolina. She has particularly fond memories of her time as an orientation counselor as it has afforded her lots of opportunities to work with new students, Chancellor Belcher, Provost Alison MorrisonShetlar and others that contribute to the amazing community here in Cullowhee. She advises incoming students to take in as much as they can from Western Carolina’s offerings, some of her favorites including varying internships, long-term relationships with personable professors and embracing what it means to be a Catamount.

“Life is like a piano,” she said. “What you play is what you get out of it.”

Be sure to look for Smith’s work in this and upcoming issues of The Western Carolinian.