My name is Maggie Adams, and I am from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA. In 8th grade, I stumbled into a club full of happy and welcoming faces, and throughout 7 years of enduring friendships and service YMCA Leaders’ Club has nurtured me into the young adult I am today. I walked into Leaders’ Club a timid and beaten down teen tired from a difficult home-life and discovered people of love, loyalty, devotion, honesty, and service at the YMCA. From their example, my tumultuous beginnings no longer shaped me, but pushed me to embody the characteristics of those worthy of emulating. The core values, exemplified by my early role models, of respect, responsibility, faith, and care gently pulled me out of my shell and built self-confidence whether at club meetings or rallies.
A Tar Heel born and bred, I have lived in Chapel Hill my entire life. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill I am a sophomore majoring in Biology with a minor in Aerospace Studies and National Championships (Go Heels!). On campus, I am involved in Air Force ROTC where I am training to become a pilot for the United States Air Force. One day, I dream to fly F-22s, but in the meantime, I serve to mentor all AFROTC underclassmen at UNC. Additionally, I play on Pleiades, a nationally ranked Women’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team.
Last year on the Mountain, Experiential Learning quickly became my favorite class for the gutsy adventure and trusting atmosphere. Though I certainly learned much about the Mountain and the uniqueness of our program, I learned even more about myself from the deep-rooted relationships made with my fellow 6th year leaders. Blessed with the opportunity of fostering a new generation of leaders, I hope to enable and inspire you to be open and vulnerable with your fellow leaders starting not in your later years at Blue Ridge, but your first. As a lifetime beneficiary of the raw and vulnerable love and support of past counselors and HLs, I strive to be the same for you. See you up on the Mountain!
Much love always,