Madison Wilson

Greek for life

Madison Wilson ’13 always knew she wanted to be in a sorority. What she couldn’t imagine were the opportunities being a Greek would afford her, and how it would change her life.

Madison is from Griffin, Ga., where her father serves as county manager. While she was growing up, her mother worked for Griffin’s Downtown Development Authority, so Madison learned the importance of public service at an early age.

“It’s something I was always around,” she says.

She also grew up knowing about Greek life.

“My dad was in a fraternity,” she says. “And in Griffin, it’s kind of the thing to do. So I really wanted to be in a sorority.”

She ended up pledging Phi Mu, and by the middle of her freshman year, she was elected secretary.

“Some of the senior girls came up to me in December and told me they thought I’d be a great voice to have on the leadership side of things. They asked me to run for secretary, and I agreed on the condition that they would help me write a speech and prepare me for it.”

That set the pattern for Madison, as she moved up the Phi Mu leadership ladder. She was elected membership director her sophomore year, and now she is chapter president – something she never thought would happen to her.

“I never ran for any kind of positions in high school. But when I came in as a freshman, the girls gave me the courage to run for something. Now I’m chapter president. I’ve realized that I can actually handle the leadership roles. It’s been great learning that about myself.”

Madison is a political science major, with a double minor in history and theater. She’s a tutor and has done some work as a research assistant through the political science department.

“There was a lot of hands-on research where I learned a lot,” she says. “And now I’m a tutor. It’s another thing I never expected I would be able to do.”

While political science, history and theater may seem to be an odd combination, Madison says they all speak to different parts of her.

“I want to go to graduate school for public administration, and maybe do what my dad does,” she says.
She became interested in history after watching her boyfriend, who is a history major.

“I thought his classes looked interesting, so I decided to sign up for a class. I ended up really liking it. Dr. (Joe) Cafaro (Chair of the History and Social Sciences Department) and his Russian history classes were my favorites, and I love Dr. (Kevin) Shirley (Professor of History) because he makes his classes so fun. He makes sure everyone is involved in the classes with reading assignments and presentations. You can’t help but have fun in his classes.”

She became interested in theater after taking a Creative Movement class for her first fine arts elective.

“I had never done any theater before, but I fell in love with it. I ended up taking the advanced class last spring, and I’m taking three more classes now. I decided I wanted to do something fun.”

This summer, she had another adventure when she was elected national sweetheart of Alpha Delta Gamma at the fraternity’s 2012 convention. She was nominated by the LaGrange College chapter, and was the unanimous choice of the national delegates.

“I was so surprised, and honored,” she says. “It was a lot of fun to go to the convention and meet all the guys and represent the college and ADG. It was another wonderful thing that I never expected would happen to me.”

A new chapter president will take over in December, and Madison says she is dreading it.

“I’ve loved serving so much that I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about handing it over to someone else.”

But she knows it’s time to focus on what comes next. She’s looking at graduate programs and studying for the Graduate Record Exam. Her heart, however, will always stay with Phi Mu.

“I’ve learned so much about myself,” she says. “And I love the aspect of being really close with my Phi Mu sisters and all the other Greeks. We are united by one thing – that we are Greek. It’s hard to explain, but it has changed my life.”

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.