Ask Meredith Hudson ’17 what three words define her Guilford College experience and she might say, adventure, inspiration and connection.
“My Guilford experience has been shaped by incredible professors and courses and a caring student body,” she says. “I’ve established deep connections with my professors and fellow students, and I’ve gained an understanding of what hands-on learning really means.”
Meredith, a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies and a member of the Guilford College Honors Program, says hands-on learning during study abroad, plus course work with real-world application, have shown her that following her passions into a career is possible.
“I studied abroad in the Italian Alps for a semester, where I learned how culture manifests itself in food while learning to cook traditional recipes with an Italian nonna,” she says. “In the Galapagos I learned about the evolution of sea lions while snorkeling with them! And during a contracted course for the Guilford Honors Program I worked closely with my ornithology professor, researching nest predation.”
Meredith also had an internship last summer. “I was the Natural Lands Intern at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Delaware,” she explains. “I learned hands-on natural lands management practices while monitoring the garden's 180-plus nest boxes. With the data I helped collect and Winterthur's data from the last 30 years, I am conducting a senior thesis on the effect of global warming on the timing of avian nesting initiation.”
At Guilford, courses are not limited to memorization and cramming for exams. Instead, you learn to think critically and how to apply course material to your interests and real-world issues.