Meredith Rideout is a senior CLC scholar for the 2013-14 school year. She is going to college to earn a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA in college. Meredith is a girl with a plan, but through the dance department and organizations on campus, she has learned to enjoy growing and being an active learner daily. Though her career dream has changed from her initial plan, she is comfortable with the changes that have come and the exciting journey her education has taken her on. CLC has connected her with many like-minded students, whose individual goals exceed the average college student. Others’ accomplishments in the program keeps her motivated and to push herself to do great things. CLC has also made her feel more apart of the university than just being another number on the statistics. One memorable experience Meredith has had here at UALR was being able to be a tour guide for visiting 5th grade students for local elementary schools through the Friday Fellows program. On the tours, she got the chance to see the wonder and excitement of young aspiring minds. Meredith was reminded how education holds many great opportunities and that learning is a way of life. It does not simply stop once you have your diploma. After she graduates, she plans on continuing school and to get a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Meredith wants to be a physical and movement therapist for a dance company so she can help all kinds of people with physical needs while still being connected with her passion for dance. Though she does not hold any leadership positions currently, she strives to be the best she can be and lead by example.
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