MADDIE LEGER

Meet our driven and caring senior, Maddie!

Major: Finance, Consumer Economics minor, Entrepreneurship certificate

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

PC: '16

What are you most looking forward to?

Just a month ago, I would have said Senior Dinner.  When I was a sophomore, I served on the executive board as Personnel Chair, where I was lucky enough to plan the Senior Dinner - an event dedicated to the current seniors. It's a night where all the seniors dress up and have an amazing dinner catered by South Kitchen + Bar. But the best part of it isn't the chandeliers, the white table clothes, the nice bouquets, or the delicious meal, it's the people and the memories we reminisce on. We open the letters we wrote to ourselves as a freshman,  which can be both cringeworthy and encouraging at the same time, our parents/guardians write us letters showing how proud they are of us, and members of the chapter write letters to seniors that impacted them the most. We also each get superlatives and watch an emotional but hilarious slideshow of the memories we all shared. I was lucky enough to experience this night as both a sophomore as Personnel Chair and as president when I was a junior. Yet, while we don't get to experience this night together this year due to COVID-19, I am now even more excited for when we all come together again. Whether it's this summer as many seniors will be staying in Athens longer than they had planned or in October for our rescheduled graduation, I know it will be a great time together!

Biggest thing you've learned in college so far?

I would say the biggest thing I've learned is that life isn't a series of periods, it truly is a series of commas.

I could just say,

College is incredible.

or

College is hard.

But in reality, it's both. College is incredible, but it also can be hard.

So many times, in college, I personally have felt like I've already defined who I am, through friend groups, decisions, my major, etc. And that's it, I'm stuck here. But, fortunately, what I've learned is that when life seems like "this is it, this is my story," I've realized that it isn't my story, it's only part of my story. No matter what your current life consists of, there is always a comma after every experience. Not a period. This has allowed me to persevere and grow beyond what I ever thought capable and I hope to continue to live with life as a series of commas.

If you didn't have to sleep what would you do with the extra time?

It seems as though we are facing this question a lot in this season right now. In all honesty, I would probably spend most of my time trying to figure out what I want to do with my extra time before actually doing anything. Yet with some extra time, I would spend it outdoors with friends, whether it's hiking or playing sports, or spend my time trying to learn more, whether that's through Ted Talks, watching documentaries, reading, or playing sudoku.

Favorite Chi-O memory?

A specific memory I have is sophomore year sitting in Ms. Mary's room learning more about her life, her family, and how she got to where she is today. A few of my favorite memories are when I was talking to Ms. Mary and other Chi Omega advisors because they have taught me so much about the world and relationships. It's quite difficult to choose one, but I am very grateful to be able to live in the Mullet with 68 other people and now live in a passed down house with 7 senior Chi O's and share memories with them.

All-time favorite meal?

Pho.

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