Meredith Smith, from Homewood, AL, graduated cum laude from Auburn University with a major in Political Science and minor in Community and Civic Engagement. As an undergraduate, Meredith held multiple positions in the Student Government Association, including Assistant Vice President of External Affairs. In this role, she led a team of students in registering over 1,000 students to vote and lobbing state legislators on higher education issues. Meredith was also a leader in her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. After working with Impact America, Meredith hopes to get a Master’s degree in Public Policy and work on state and federal policy issues.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

During the 2016 election season, I served as the Assistant Vice President of External Affairs for SGA. Even though political tensions were high, my team was dedicated to educating students about important issues and encouraging civic engagement. I’m proud that even in this strained political environment we had our most successful year, in which we registered over 1,000 students to vote and had a record high attendance at our political speaker event.

What is your favorite quote from book, film, or song?

One of my favorite quotes comes from an interview with Valerie Jarrett during the “Women of the West Wing” series of a podcast I worked with. When giving career advice, she said, “Don’t tolerate a life of mediocrity where you are not fulfilled when you could be doing so much more.” I love this quote because it reminds me taking risks and focusing on my passions will yield a much greater impact.