Charter Alumni Spotlight: Madelyn Roe
June 02, 2021
Each month, the GVSU Charter Schools Office spotlights a current GVSU student who attended and/or graduated from a GVSU-authorized charter public school.
This month, we are pleased to introduce you to Madelyn Roe. Madelyn is entering her fourth year at GVSU, studying marketing and nonprofit administration. Prior to coming to GVSU, Madelyn attended Black River Public School in Holland, MI.
Outside of class, Madelyn has active leadership roles with multiple student organizations. She currently serves on the Women In Business board as its community service chair, and is the events coordinator for the Hearts For Heroes board. She also works as a student assistant in the GVSU Charter Schools Office and K-12 Connect, supporting marketing efforts that promote college preparation programs for K-12 learners.
Madelyn recently took some time to share a little more about how her experiences at her charter public school and at GVSU have shaped where she is at today.
You attend Black River Public School from 1st grade through high school. What did you like most about it?
I really liked the community feel the school offered, especially with the small class sizes. It allowed me to know a lot of people and come to love the teachers. I also really enjoyed what was called “project term,” where we were afforded time to learn about something unrelated to our classwork. For example, during one project term I learned how to produce a music album.
How did the school help you prepare for life after graduation?
BRPS gave me the creative freedom to try new opportunities. The small school size gave me the chance to join a lot of different teams or clubs and find out what I was passionate about.
Specifically, how did it help you prepare for college?
I’ve found that the workload at BRPS was similar to what I’ve experienced in college. The classes were all challenging too, especially the Advanced Placement courses. Overall, I felt ready for college when I got to GVSU.
What advice would you give to current BRPS students as they prepare for college and their careers?
Be open-minded and embrace where you are in your life. There is no use comparing yourself to others because everybody has a different path. Just keep an eye out for opportunities and take advantage where you can.
When did you first learn about GVSU?
I’ve known about GVSU for a long time because my dad and brother both went here.
What was appealing about GVSU?
When I was deciding where to go, I really liked the financial support GVSU offered. I also felt like the campus community cared about everybody who was there. I solidified my decision when I was accepted into GVSU’s Honors College
How has GVSU helped you grow?
I’ve been able to try a lot of different student organizations and meet a lot of people. That’s led to opportunities to take trips across the country with others as I continue to solidify my interests and grow my network.
How has GVSU helped you move closer to your career/personal goals?
GVSU is designed to allow students to try different courses and really find the right path. In my courses I’ve been able to meet industry professionals, and am also getting real-world experience through my work with K-12 Connect.
What has been a highlight of your time at GVSU?
Connecting with so many people and having experiences that I wouldn’t have found in other places.
What goals have you set for yourself once you graduate from GVSU?
I want to continue to gain experience in marketing, whether for profit or nonprofit, and figure out if I can intersect my hobbies with my degree.