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A voice for the unheard

Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Meghan Madler of Newport News and a 2017 graduate of the University of Virginia with a dual major in kinesiology and philosophy, is a second-year advisor who is returning to Northumberland and Lancaster County schools.
“I wanted to help students find a path to higher education that was right for them,” Madler said about being a college adviser.
“Being a college advisor is being an advocate for the students–a– cheerleader for the timid, a voice for the unheard, a supporter for those without help, and a friend to the lonely,” Madler said.
“What really pushed me to be an advisor was seeing my friends struggle in high school that didn’t really have any idea what resources were available to them, so they didn’t really make the greatest decisions looking for college so that’s why I’m really trying to help students to find the best fit for them instead of what’s expected of them,” Madler said.
“The most satisfaction is working with the students because there are some that may be very confused about the whole process. It’s really great to see where the students are going and how excited they are about their future plans. In the beginning of the year some of the students have no idea what they’re going to do and then watching them develop through the year is great,” Madler said.
Madler belongs to Sigma Alpha Omega Sorority. She also belongs to the Curry School of Deans List and is a recipient of the Rev. Paul C. Deckenbach Memorial Scholarship for Philosophy and Religious Studies. She is a graduate of Menchville High School. Madler is considering law school.
Madler said she is looking forward to returning to the Northern Neck and to Northumberland and Lancaster County Schools. “I served my first year there, and the community welcomed me with open arms” she said.
The mission of the Virginia College Advising Corps, through which the graduates of the University of Virginia and UVA’s college at Wise will spend the next year guiding high school students toward college.
Thirty-six graduates from 2017 to 2018 will make up the corps. They will spend the next academic year in Virginia high schools counseling offices, working with students who might otherwise not think about higher education. The advisors help students navigate financial aid questions, arrange college visits and assist with college preparation.
Statewide the trend has been postsecondary enrollment rates to remain steady. However, there has been an increase in enrollment rates from other schools. Joy Pugh, the Director of the Virginia College Advising Corps said, “This amounts to thousands more low-income and first-generation students going to college who wouldn’t have without the support and assistance of a college advisor.
The program initially started 13 years ago at the University of Virginia and has since expanded into a national non-profit program that’s offered in 14 states.

For the full article pick up a copy of this weeks Northumberland Echo 9/5/18