What makes you proud to be a Razorback?

I am proud to uphold family tradition and be a part of the Razorback community. Even though I grew up in southern Louisiana, my mother’s family is from Arkansas and I grew up surrounded by Razorback fans. It has been so much fun to discover the culture of my Arkansas family and find my own place within their community.

What is your favorite campus activity? Why?

I love the volunteer culture of campus. Each community on campus is interested in giving back to some facet of the Razorback family. I have loved seeing my peers find their niche on campus and then dedicate themselves to giving back.

Who at the U of A has been particularly influential in your personal or professional development? Why did you select this person?

Angela Oxford and her phenomenal staff at the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) have profoundly influenced my academic and professional careers. I was able to explore the non-profit community and find the world of international development, all because the staff of the CCE took the time to invest in my as an individual.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

I hope to follow my passion for sustainable development in conjunction with local communities. I am not certain what the future may hold for me, but I have been lucky enough to be offered several exciting opportunities. I look forward to what the future brings!

What advice would you give to a new student at the U of A?

I would advise new students to explore and take advantage of the unique opportunities at the University (Newswire’s calendar is a great tool!), but also remember to stay true to themselves and make time for sleeping.

How do you think your time at the University of Arkansas will influence your future?

I am certain that the connections I have made here at the U of A, both personal and professional, will stay with me forever. I have found the best friends of my life on this campus and cannot wait to see each of their successes as we grow into our careers.

Madeleine Chaisson

Age: 22

Year in School: Senior

Major: International Relations, Latin American Studies, Spanish & French

Clubs/RSO involvement: Volunteer Action Center, President; Resident Assistant in Pomfret Hall

Favorite U of A Tradition: Senior Walk