Congratulations to our November "Student of Month" Meredith Greene. Meredith is a senior Health and Physical Education major at High Point University.
Originally from Apex, North Carolina, Meredith chose HPU because she "wanted a smaller school, the campus is beautiful and it has a strong education program." Also, it is not too far away from home! In her spare time, Meredith enjoys playing and watching sports, coloring, helping others and working with children.
"From a young age I knew I wanted to go into a profession in which I could help people, and as I grew up it was obvious that I would end up working with children. I combined my love of working with and helping others, especially children, with my love of sports. Physical Education was a natural fit; I grew up playing sports and loved the competition and being part of a team. It was being a part of sports teams that I met those most influential to me. My high school basketball coaches really inspired me. They not only pushed me on the court but in life as well. They taught me how to be a good person, and the lessons I learned from them go way beyond the x's and o's… they shaped the person I am today" says Meredith.
Meredith is an active member in the Sports Majors Club and holds an SGA representative position. Through the club and her major, she was given the opportunity to attend two professional conferences last year and actually presented at one. She plans to attend another conference in the spring and is currently a research assistant in a woman's coaching study conducted by Dr. Bell and Dr. Lukow. Meredith has also volunteered at a number of events to help give back to the community.
She has also had the opportunity to travel to many other countries such as Holland, Belgium, Germany, England and Scotland for soccer in high school. She has also been on a mission trip to Whales as a sophomore at HPU through College Life. Her most recent trip was to Sweden for a Maymester course that was focused on studying the difference between children in America to those in Sweden from a health standpoint. These trips allowed Meredith to explore different cultures and opened her eyes to the rest of the world.
After graduation, Meredith plans to find a teaching job as well as a basketball or soccer coaching position in North Carolina. At some point, she plans to go back to school to earn a Masters degree in an area that will help propel her toward another goal which is to work with adolescents with eating disorders and/or obesity. "As an educator and coach, I want to be a role model for my children. I want to be someone they look up to and trust. The adults that had the most impact on my life were coaches, and I want to be an individual who is able to have a positive impact on the lives of my students and players" Meredith states.