Senior Profile: Maddy Lee

(photo courtesy of Maddy Lee)

What is your major and minor? What other academic programs were you a part of?

Political Science Major (IR Specialization), Honors Program, Global Fellows, Model UN, Model EU, Maryland Student Legislature

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

Writing Center Tutor, Peer Mentor (2019-2020)

Have you enjoyed your time at McDaniel? If so, what did you enjoy the most?

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at McDaniel and have most enjoyed the small, intimate campus. I know the Hill like the back of my hand and always notice when there’s a new face about. Sometimes people recognize me and know me by name before I can even remember how we know each other.

Who do you think was/is your best mentor?

Dr. Grice. He is truly doing what he is called to do. Teaching seems as natural to him as breathing and I’ve learned most of my own teaching skills from him.

Describe your favorite memory at McDaniel.

In my freshman year, I participated in a simulation of Asia-Pacific international relations. By the end of the week, I sued China. It was great.

What are some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

I found myself without secure housing during the pandemic. I was only able to continue my studies and take care of myself because of the kindness of fellow McDaniel students. We take care of each other.

What are your plans for after graduation?

To attend the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus for a Masters in Political Science. 

What advice would you give yourself as a first-year student at McDaniel?

 Don’t be afraid to talk to new people. You’ll feel nostalgic for each and every face come senior year

Where do you see the world in 10 years?

 I see people learning the same lesson every generation has to: that we shape what our future looks like. We will try, fail, recover, and try again. Our triumphs will be our children’s norms and they will ask why we passed the torch to them just as we asked our parents. I hope our answers will be better.

How do you reflect on your senior year during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic?

I see a senior year I would never have predicted and friends I didn’t expect to make or keep. I can’t help but believe we are all a little older and a little wiser than we would have been in “normal years.” I look forward to seeing what “normal” becomes next.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the McDaniel community?

This school is small. Take advantage of that. Visit a professor’s office hours. Let them know your name. Participate in a campus event. Wave to familiar faces in Red Square. It’s hard to be seen at larger colleges, but here, you can be. It’s worth it.