In addition to being a nursing major, Melody Smith has participated in a wide range of activities and served in leadership positions.
We caught up with her to learn about the many experiences she’s had, how she’s looking forward to a return to campus this year, and how faculty and staff can do their part to support Adelphi students.
What activities have you participated in at Adelphi?
I have had such phenomenal experiences that made a positive impact in my life and allowed me to influence those around me. I’ve been a resident assistant at Waldo Hall for three years as well as an Orientation leader, president of the Pi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and president and vice president of Females of Culture United for Success. I have participated in many service projects and so much more.
Did you have any expectations for an in-person return this academic school year? If so, what were they?
As I entered my senior year, I was excited to hear there would be more in-person classes, activities and programs. I wanted to feel the same as I had as a first-year student in 2018–2019, when the campus was filled with so many students, faculty members and visitors. There were always opportunities to meet new people and participate in activities. Returning this year, I was happy to hear more students were living on campus, because that meant more interactions and opportunities to make a positive impact on resident students. As a resident assistant, it warms my heart when these students come to my programs and connect with one another.
How can Adelphi faculty and staff best support student success?
By showing up. When students host events or programs on campus, faculty and staff members should attend at least two programs a semester. When students see professors and staff at an informal event, they are more likely to “bond” and form genuine relationships. These relationships turn into a mentee-mentor dynamic and that will help show students they are supported here at Adelphi.
What are some fond memories of your Adelphi experience?
I will always cherish my memories of participating in alternative spring and winter break service trips offered through the Center for Student and Community Engagement for students to volunteer and make a positive impact. In Peru, I volunteered for almost 30 hours to complete a construction and renovation project at an orphanage. In Hawaii, I volunteered for more than 12 hours sorting over 1,000 thrift-shop items at the Institute for Human Services. These trips enabled me to do two things I am passionate about: volunteer on service projects and travel. I was able to grow as a global citizen, have a positive impact and make lifelong memories and friendships.