Sunday, September 26, 2021

Senior Feature: Madison Welsted

By: Morgan Mansfield/Co-Editor in Chief

“In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” – Robert Frost

In June of 2020, Blue Ridge will be saying goodbye to another active senior, Madison Welsted.  Throughout her high school career, Welsted has participated in Leo Club, Student Council, and National Honor Society (NHS).  She currently holds the positions of Vice President for Student Council and Secretary for NHS.  Welsted is also musically involved within our school, participating in musicals and chorus. Within chorus, she is a member of the select choir, and has been a competitor in the PMEA choral competition for the past three years (see Tori Auckland’s Pre-Auds article for details).  Not only is Madison involved in activities through the school, she is also a dancer at the Windwood Hill Dance Academy where she does ballet and pointe.

After high school, Welsted plans to attend college and begin her path to fulfilling her dream job as a mental health counselor.  “It’s always been in my nature to care about others and help them with emotions, so I would love to make a career out of my passion and make an impact on other people’s lives.”

Although she is sure about becoming a mental health counselor, she is unsure about whether she will obtain a master’s degree in psychology or social work.  She is certain that she wants to work with and talk to people one on one in a counseling setting.  Welsted has not decided on a school yet, but has already applied and been accepted to Marywood University.  She is also unsure as to whether or not she will join chorus in college, knowing she will be juggling school work, a part-time job, and visiting friends and family back home.

Welsted is looking forward to the next few years to come, and says, ” I expect them to involve more work and more responsibility, but it will be worth it because I’ll have more freedom and I’ll be working towards my future.”

She knows it will take some adjusting, but she’s excited for the next stage of her life.

As her time at Blue Ridge is quickly coming to an end, Madison would like to leave the underclassmen with the following advice:

“Not everything today will be important tomorrow or in the future, so don’t cause yourself unnecessary stress.  One day you’ll be able to look back on these days and laugh, so have a good time while you can.”

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Morgan Mansfield
Morgan Mansfield is a third year journalism student, taking on her senior year of high school.  She spends most of her free time singing, playing, or writing music.  Fascinated by the human mind, Morgan plans to obtain a degree in Clinical Psychology and become a therapist to help people work through their troubles.

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