Student Spotlight: Madeline ClarkBy Hannah Bunch on December 9, 2016
Madeline Clark is a sophomore at Drury University and is majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Religion. She is extremely active on campus this last year serving as the Vice President of Administration of Pi Beta Phi, the President of Disciples of Christ on Campus and the Student Leader of the Mathew 25 project.
Madeline has a large passion for serving others. Last semester, she sorted over 18,000 books at the Fairbanks and organized a book fair for the neighborhood where the residents could come and look through them and take what they desired to read for no cost. This past summer, Madeline traveled to Vietnam and worked with an organization that runs two schools in Ho Chi Minh City and taught English and did dance lessons with the students. Whether it is serving others or being a leader, Madeline Clark goes above and beyond.
How does your involvement at Drury as well as in the community help shape you as a person and as a leader?
“My involvement on campus has been probably the most important thing to me since I started at Drury. Through my involvement I have been able to make the most incredible friends and form so many connections. The leadership style that I have found that I work the best with is servant leadership and Drury has given me opportunities to do just that. Being a leader on a college campus is different than anything I have ever done before. I have had to learn more efficient time management and communication skills and I will continue to use these skills long after I graduate from Drury.”
What is the most Rewarding experience you have had while attending Drury?
“The most rewarding experience I think I have had as a Drury student would be Fraternity Day of Service with my sorority last year. This last March we were able to go to Boyd Elementary and dress like Dr. Seuss characters and give the students at Boyd over 500 new books. Each student got two, and then the kids who participate in book club with us got to take home even more. Seeing how excited the kids were that they were getting new books absolutely blew me away. Books are something I think we all take for granted sometimes.”
Why do you feel it is so important to lead and serve within our community and what advice or encouragement can you give to Drury students to become more engaged in the community and Drury through service and leadership?
“It is so important to serve your community because even though sometimes it seems like we are just a part of Drury’s small community, we are a part of such a bigger community in Springfield. Springfield is such an amazing town to get to go to school in. There are so many places to get involved and I can almost guarantee you that if you’re interested in a specific thing there is somewhere to get involved. Whether you enjoy serving the surrounding neighborhoods of Drury, people around the world, or love volunteering with animals there is a place for you! After you graduate and are trying to make connections in the “real world,” having experiences with people outside of Drury’s campus is something will help you when looking for that next step.”
From Community Outreach and Leadership Development, we thank Madeline for her dedicated leadership and service to Drury and the community. Her hard work does not go unnoticed.