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May 13, 2016
Lindsey Madsen earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwest Missouri State University this spring and will return in the fall to begin work toward her master’s degree in school guidance and counseling – interests she found and developed through her experiences at the University.
Madsen, of Papillion, Nebraska, found a fit at Northwest while visiting her sister, who also attended the University. She felt a connection with other students and a sense of belonging as she walked the campus.
“Northwest has provided the opportunity to build confidence, and I think that’s huge,” Madsen said. “Coming into college, I was that shy, quiet girl. Now, I would say my leadership skills have grown immensely. I’ve just learned how to be a more effective leader, and I’ve learned that sometimes leading by example is the best way to do things.”
Madsen developed a passion for helping others through her psychology courses and profession-based experiences. She also made strong connections with students as a resident assistant as well as through her memberships in the Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary.
Additionally, she was heavily involved in activities at the Wesley Student Center, serving as a peer minister and participating twice in mission work in Haiti as well as in North Carolina and locations throughout the four-state region.
She found the Wesley Center during her first year at Northwest through a connection in the Gamma Alpha Lambda Christian women’s organization. Madsen’s experiences at Wesley also inspired an interest in youth ministry.
“Wesley has really provided an outlet for that and has provided an opportunity to grow deeper in my faith and just build personal relationships with others who are striving to do God’s work,” Madsen said. “Through Wesley and through the peer ministry program, I’ve just really been able to solidify my faith and build meaningful relationships.”
But Madsen says her favorite memory of Northwest may be watching with friends last December at Bearcat Stadium as the Bearcat football team defeated West Georgia in a thrilling NCAA Division II semifinal football game. The Bearcats would win their fifth football national championship a week later in front of a record-setting crowd at Sporting Park in Kansas City.
“It was freezing outside and just having a great time in the stands,” Madsen said. “And then when we tore down the goalposts, we all went down and followed them all the way to the square. Being able to be with those friends in that moment and appreciate the pride that Northwest students have for the University they attend really just solidified the fact that Northwest is home.”
Madsen added, “Northwest has also provided that sense of family. You come here and you meet so many different people, and you just really find a place that you can call your own, a place where you can build friendships and find that sense of family and go through everything together.”
As she prepared to complete her bachelor’s degree at Northwest this spring and began considering graduate school, Madsen decided it made the most sense for her to continue her education at the University.
“It just it feels right,” she said. “Northwest has an amazing program and the faculty are wonderful people. So I’m really excited to start that program and really excited to see where God takes us on this journey and figure out what I’m going to do the rest of my life.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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