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Never Go to Bed Angry

“Never go to bed angry. It’s better to solve any issues before you go to sleep, than wake up with it on your mind the next day.” Madyson Ray has always tried to tackle each day with a positive outlook. This advice reminds her of the importance of waking up with a positive attitude rather than a negative one. 

A freshman psychology and sociology major, Madyson has already found herself extremely involved on campus. Not only does she participate on Midland’s track and speech teams, but she is also a member of various campus organizations including: Student Senate, Pinky Swear PACK, Circle K, FCA/ Cru, and Co-Curricular DRIVE Committee. Madyson also works as an admissions ambassador. While Madyson is still figuring out what she wants to do for a career, being involved is allowing her to work with people, something she is passionate about.

“I don’t have any plans yet, but my dream job would involve helping people in whatever way I can.”

A visit to Midland helped sway Madyson’s decision to attend. She immediately felt that campus had an atmosphere where she would be supported and welcomed. 

“I decided to come to Midland because right away on my visit I could tell that everyone was family. I also could see myself succeeding here with all the resources Midland has to offer.”

Though Madyson is just finishing her freshman year, she has already been validated in her choice. Through all of her participation, Madyson has become a well established presence on campus and she believes that she has accomplished so much in a short time.

“Midland has given me many opportunities to succeed, so it’s hard to pick just one accomplishment, but my top three would be earning a spot on the President’s List, being nominated for the Midland Star for Faith, and getting hired as an admissions ambassador.”

For Madyson, being a Warrior means having a mentality where you accept challenges and face them each day with an optimistic attitude. It is also important to recognize that you are part of a community and that you are called to be a support for others. That means realizing that you also need to allow yourself to be supported as well, a mindset that Madyson was raised in. 

“My life has been filled with ups and downs and a lot of change, but one thing that stayed constant were the supportive and loving people in my life. Although my family has constantly changed along with my interests, I have relied on God to be my rock and guide my life.”

As Madyson looks back from where she is at now, she wishes that she would have taken more risks, trusting that things happen for a reason. At Midland, she is hoping to adopt this outlook as she continues to be an involved presence. It’s a mindset she encourages incoming freshmen to embrace.

 “I would tell a freshman to get involved! There are so many things going on around campus, so it’s a great time to meet new people and learn so much. Get out of your comfort zone because you can never get a true freshman college experience again.”

Madyson Ray is a freshman psychology and sociology major from Blair, Nebraska. To share your story or nominate a friend, email or post using #FacesofMidland.

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