Sydney Meadowcroft

Student Info

Graduation Year:
Spring 2017
Holland, MI

How did you decide on RCAH?
I never expected to go to a school as big as MSU, even though my family has a long history here. The summer before my senior year I was struggling with where to apply when a family friend told me about her impromptu visit to RCAH while at MSU. She said it was a really cool, small, collaborative space that she thought I would be interested in. So I set up a private visit and immediately fell in love. The close-knit and supportive community reminded me of the things I love about my experiences at summer camp, and I was assured by everyone I met there that my wide array of interests and passions made me a perfect fit. I looked at other places, but there was no where else I could have this support system while also going to Big Ten football games and screaming and cheering in the Izzone at basketball games.

What are your academic interests?
Coming into RCAH I knew I was interested in english, history, and sociology, so I started there while also exploring a wide variety of new topics within RCAH. My classes and experiences have shown me the ways that I can explore culture and social issues through literature, theatre, and art. I've also found I enjoy event planning and management and working with youth, especially in outdoor contexts, which is what I always wanted to do. I just didn't realize it was a viable career.

What are your favorite aspects of the RCAH experience?
I love that everyone is supportive and interested in the passions of their peers. I also enjoy the close and collaborative relationships formed between faculty and students, and the way new ideas are encouraged and embraced by the community. The emphasis on civic engagement is probably my favorite part of RCAH, I and have taken every opportunity I could to get involved in the community, especially in programs working with youth.

What are your future plans?
After graduation I would like to find a summer camp or other outdoor education center to begin working at. Hopefully I can climb the ladder to eventually find a place where I can work year-round with youth and learn the management side of youth development organizations. Who knows, maybe one day I'll go back to school for a business degree and work toward becoming a camp director!

What are your hobbies and interests within and outside of RCAH?
I love to be involved in the RCAH community, so I have spent most of my college career as an RCAH Ambassador and on the executive board for RCAH Council, of which I am now the President. This year I am also and intern for the RCAH Center for Poetry. Outside of RCAH, I am involved as an actor and crew member in the Roial Players theatre group and am a member of Women's Glee Club. During the summer I work as a cabin leader at Camp Miniwanca, where I also spent 9 years as a camper.

Have you ever taken part in Study Abroad/Study Away at MSU? If so, which programs?
My sophomore year I went on a Spring Break Study Abroad trip to Oaxaca, Mexico called International Engagement in Mexico (IEM). We spent 3 class periods before spring break discussing effective methods of civic engagement and ways to work with the communities we'd encounter, not simply for them. While in Mexico we spent much of our time working with an organization that kept youth off the streets by providing them meals and a place to study and play both before and after school. We helped restore their office building and volunteer housing spaces, then spent time playing, doing homework, and exchanging language skills with the students. We also went on a few cultural field trips to Mayan ruins; visited a few museums; and met with local artists.