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University of Mississippi

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Madeline McLaughlin

Madeline McLaughlin

A political science major and history minor, Madeline is on the UM Chancellor’s Honor Roll. She has had extensive volunteer and community service experience, including youth counselor at Camp Hopewell, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Clean Earth Committee, and assistance with Cookeville tornado victims.

Why did you choose to attend UM?
I chose to attend the University of Mississippi because it was the perfect distance from home yet still feels like home, and I was infatuated with the beautiful campus.

When and why did you choose your major(s)/minors?
I chose to become a political science major and history minor at the beginning of sophomore year because I loved my introductory classes I took freshman year for both political science and history, and I soon realized that it was the perfect fit for me as I now intend to go to law school.

What are your career goals?
Get accepted into law school and graduate. Pass the Bar Exam and any other requirements. Practice either environmental or medical law (still undecided).

Is there a professor who has been particularly helpful to you?
I took my first political science law course with Dr. Chuck Smith spring semester of 2020 when COVID-19 began. He made the chaotic shift to completely online courses with such ease and was constantly available for us not only as a professor, but a listening ear in such times of crisis. He gave me hope, and helped me to realize that even though our worlds were turned upside down that we would get through this change. In addition, Dr. Smith helped me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in law.

What has been a particularly meaningful way you have engaged in a community – either on or off-campus?
I got to participate in the CARE Walk freshman and sophomore year here at Ole Miss. It was extremely moving to see hundreds of people in pink flooding the campus streets to spread breast cancer awareness, as I have several family members and friends whose lives were impacted by the terrible disease. I am a huge advocate for breast cancer awareness, research, and early detection and I’m so thankful to attend a school that supports such an important cause and to study alongside so many peers who do as well.

What do you like to do outside of school (hobbies, interests)?
I love being outdoors: hiking, camping, playing soccer, fishing, adventuring. I also love to paint, knit, travel, listen to music and spend quality time with my friends.

What is your favorite place to eat in Oxford?
Saint Leo, Handy Andy’s, and the Blind Pig.

Caleb Ball

While majoring in Political Science, Caleb is alsoCaleb Ball a student worker in the College of Liberal Arts Deans’ Office, and has worked in various law offices. After his time as an undergraduate, he plans to attend law school, and perhaps run for office. Caleb is a UM Orientation Leader, a member of the Club Volleyball Team, is the Director of Outreach for the UM College Democrats and a member of OUTlaw. 

Why did you choose to attend UM?

Growing up only an hour from Oxford, I always loved days in high school when me and my
friends would come visit Oxford. I loved coming to the Grove as a kid.  To me, it felt more like a huge family get-together than a tailgate. I chose UM because in my eyes, there is no school like it.

When and why did you choose your major(s)/minors?
My love for politics came from my dad. He was also a political science major, and he always taught me that being involved in politics is important because it’s what’s happening in the world around you. When it came time to choose a major senior year of high school, I knew political science was for me.

What are your career goals?
After undergrad, I plan on going to law school. I hope to become a attorney and maybe one day run for office.

Is there a professor who has been particularly helpful to you?
My first semester on campus, I had to take Spanish 111. This class was particularly hard for me considering I didn’t take any Spanish classes in high school. My professor, Dayni Mederos, went out of her way to make sure I had the information and help I needed to catch up and be successful in her class.

What has been a particularly meaningful way you have engaged in a community – either on or off-campus?
One of my favorite ways I have gotten involved with a community on campus is becoming an orientation leader. I am super excited about this opportunity and so excited to meet many new people in this process.

What do you like to do outside of school (hobbies, interests)?
My favorite hobbies include working out, playing volleyball, hanging with friends, and playing piano.

What is your favorite place to eat in Oxford?
Hands down my favorite place to eat in Oxford is South Depot. My mom and grandmother took me to eat there on the day I moved in my first semester here, and when I eat there it makes me think of them.