Monday, January 25, 2010

Student Spotlight: Megan Caradine

Megan Caradine is from the west side of Chicago and is a senior at Al Raby High School. She plays several sports including volleyball, basketball, track, and tennis. Amazingly, Megan is able to get great grades despite being so busy. Her coaches make sure work comes first and players always go to study hall right after practice.

Megan’s family has always been good at math and science, which are her favorite subjects in school, too. Megan is an only child and her grandmother and four uncles are very influential in her life. This week, Megan is in the spotlight because of her decision to attend Allen University in South Carolina. Congratulations, Megan!

“Allen University opened its doors in 1870 to provide educational opportunities for newly freed slaves,” says the school’s president. Today it is listed as a Historically Black University whose core values are integrity, accountability, respect, excellence, and faith. “Allen University is a Christian Liberal Arts institution whose purpose is to prepare leaders who are skilled in communication, critical thinking, and who demonstrate high moral character,” says the school’s web site. “Our aim is to provide an environment of academic excellence in order to heighten our student’s chances of succeeding in a culturally diverse and economically global world.” Allen sounds like a wonderful school!

Megan will study biology and live on-campus with her friend and fellow Cabrini Connections Senior Diamond Clark-McQueen. She looks forward to meeting new people and finally getting to see what college is like (after hearing a lot about it at school and in our College Zone). Megan’s goal is to become a dentist and open her own office in her community on the west side.

At Cabrini Connections, Megan works with first year mentor Liz Sablich. Liz is “cool,” “down to earth,” and “always there,” says Megan. “She’s just a phone call away.” Right now, Megan and Liz are searching for and working on scholarships for college, so if you know of any, please let them know.

In her spare time, Megan likes to work on computers. She can tear them apart and put them back together with ease. She also likes doing her friends’ hair. Megan has a good group of friends who motivate her. She says it is important to keep close friends around to guide you. “My goal is to live happy and make sure I compete in life,” says Megan. You’re doing well so far. Congratulations on your successes and good luck in college!

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