Senior Spotlight: Madison Holerud
By Rose Gottschalk (TheLorian)
Maddi is a senior originally from Anamosa, Iowa, and is majoring in psychology and neuroscience. She has been involved in things like studying abroad in Ireland and working in the Mouse House on campus, taking advantage of every opportunity offered to her.
Why did you choose Loras?
They have a good psychology program. I knew I wanted to pursue an education in psychology, and meeting with professors from Loras solidified that I would be challenged yet still supported in a comfortable community.
What has been your favorite class, and why?
Psychology of Stress, a j-term class taught by Dr. Schilder. It was the first class that really challenged me to think of my habits as a psychology major. We also got to go off campus on a retreat, and that was enjoyable.
What is your favorite Loras memory?
My favorite Loras memory, that’s a hard one. I really had a good time when we went to a CAB event and played laser tag in the field house. It was a really good time and I got to spend it with some of my closest friends at Loras.
Chicken Nugget Monday or Taco Tuesday?
Chicken nugget Monday. Chicken nuggets always smack.
What is your favorite location on campus?
When I think of my favorite place, I think about where I spent the most time, and that would be Hennessy 280. Most of my classes were spent in that room, so I grew a lot as a person there. Other than that, the hill behind Beckman. It was a good time there, hanging out with friends and talking.
If you could sum up your Loras experience in one word, what would it be and why?
Growth. I have grown in the best of ways and in such a way that it has reached every aspect of my life, whether it be maturity, socially, or with my academics. I’ve been able to expand myself in every way, in a better way.
What is some advice you would give to someone starting their Loras journey?
Meet with your advisor on everything. I’ve had my best conversations with them and they have given me so much direction on what I am choosing without being biased. Even if they weren’t able to give me direct answers to questions, they would direct me to the right person.
What are your post-graduation plans?
Ideally, I want to pursue a master’s in counseling and eventually go on to achieve my Ph.D. in clinical or counseling psychology.