Madison Gray

Madison Gray

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Major: Political Science
Minor: Gender Studies and Sociology
Class Year: 2022

What I Love Most About Stetson:

My most memorable Stetson experience so far is honestly, the entirety of FOCUS week when I first got to Stetson. There are a lot of random moments in between that are memorable to me because of my group of friends, but as a whole and as an overall Stetson memory, FOCUS is definitely the most memorable for me. There is a lot going on that first week, but I think that you get an even better taste of what the Stetson community is like and what it’s like to be a student at Stetson. All of the activities and events that the FOCUS staff plan are a lot of fun and they make the first week a little less stressful. I personally met some of my best friends during FOCUS and I developed a great connection with my leaders, who still are there to answer questions if I have them. For me, FOCUS was one of the first opportunities to get involved on Stetson’s campus and build my community and join the community that already exists.

Involvements on Campus:

Besides being a Student Ambassador Captain, I am also involved in a social sorority, Phi Alpha Delta (a pre-law fraternity), Tri-Alpha (the first-generation college students honor society), and Pi Sigma Alpha (the Political Science honor society).

What I Like to Do on Weekends:

On the weekends, I love going to New Smyrna Beach nearby with my friends or grabbing dinner at Chica's Cuban Cafe with my roommates! I try to spend as much time outside on the weekends as I can.

My Favorite Class at Stetson:

My favorite class I've taken is either Political Opinion and Voting Behavior with Dr. Steven Smallpage or Feminist Philosophy with Dr. Melinda Hall. Both classes really reminded me of my passion for what I am studying and I learned so much from both classes. Plus the professors are some of my favorite professors to take classes from. But honestly, there are very few classes I've taken at Stetson that I haven't really enjoyed!

Advice to Prospective Students:

My advice to prospective students is to be patient with yourself throughout the process. Trust once you pick the school for you, that it is the right school and you are making the right decision, nerves are normal!

Favorite Place on Campus:

My favorite place on campus is the tables right outside the Rinker Welcome Center that overlook Palm Court, especially when the weather is really nice. Whether I am studying or just hanging out with friends, I love how quiet and relaxing the space can be but there's also always people around!