Madeline Egner was born with ambition. Driven by the desire to succeed and help others do the same, she came to CMU with a focus on accomplishing her goals.
From the moment she stepped on campus, she was involved in just about everything. She was a member of the CMU dance team, obtained a marketing internship her freshman year, led student study groups and took advantage of campus resources.
“Being in class is not enough for me,” she said. “I was always either making my own study group or going to the writing or math centers.”
After spending two years on campus, Madeline became a mother and shifted her academic focus to an online program.
“I’ve kind of always been a natural-born planner and when I found out I was having a child, I thought, ‘What am I going to do next?’”
Determined to continue her education while starting a family and focused on earning her bachelor’s degree on time, she turned to CMU.
“It was amazing that the whole university was so supportive and making it work. I think they were personally invested in me as a student,” she said. “It was a huge turning point in my life for many reasons, and I feel like it was this university that made it possible.”
She was raising her newborn daughter, Skylar, taking online courses – just as before, she led a number of student discussion boards and group chats — and even started her own business, where she helped others bring structure and organization to their office spaces, homes and daily schedules.
In May, Madeline will earn her degree and walk alongside her fellow Chippewas at her commencement ceremony.
“I’m walking on campus, which is a big deal for me. I’m walking in Mount Pleasant. I started at Mount Pleasant and I’m finishing there,” she said.
She stuck with CMU, because CMU stuck with her.
Madeline started her own business, called Live Organized
She coaches dance at her high school alma mater, Novi High School
She interned with Attendance on Demand during her freshman year at CMU