Valedictorian Meredith Adamo

She is a member of the Class of 2013
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Valedictorian Meredith Adamo

Hometown: Oneonta, N.Y.


Major: Biology


Minor: Anthropology


Activities: I have been involved with the Union-Schenectady Alliance, the Schenectady Greenmarket Board, and the Gatekeeper Honorary Society. I have also been a Minerva Mentor for three years and a tutor in the Writing Center, as well as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Scholars Program and Omicron Delta Kappa. I have participated in scientific research projects on campus with the Biology Department, and in Maine and Seattle.

Favorite class: It's almost impossible to choose! Microbiology was definitely the most fascinating biology course I took, while Anthropology of International Development had a profound impact on my view of foreign aid and investment. The courses that I took during my terms abroad were also extremely formative, both in content and experience. 

What I'll miss most: The intellectual community. It is such a privilege to wake up each morning and have the opportunity to learn in a setting like this. And while I've gained so much in my courses, it is the deep discussions that I've had with my peers, the faculty and the staff that have made this experience truly special.

Advice for incoming students: Don't measure yourself in the quantitative. Numbers hold only the power that we give them. It is the qualitative that truly matters - your passion, your relationships, your purpose.

Life after Union: I will be a Minerva Fellow in the rural highlands of Nicaragua next year working on a child and maternal health project with Save the Children. I am also applying for medical school, so after I return I hope to matriculate and pursue a career in global health.