Hello! My name is Madison Smith, and I’m the girls’ discipleship leader for Orange Family! I’m going into my third (and final) year at Virginia Tech, majoring in Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (or CMDA for short).
What have you been up to this summer?
This summer, I’ve been working with Compassion International as their Data Operations summer intern, developing code to ensure data security. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to apply the skills I’ve learned from my major to serve such an amazing ministry.
Aside from interning, I’ve spent almost all my free time with BCM friends, eating together, playing games, and watching movies (in that order). I’ve also had a lot of fun studying Acts in BCM’s summer bible study and studying women of the Bible in a virtual bible study with some of my closest college friends pictured below:
How have you seen God work recently?
Although many complain about the time they lost due to our past year in COVID, I’ve seen how God has multiplied my time, allowing me to spend time with people. Because of virtual classes, I was able to go home and spend time with my mom for Mother’s Day. Since my internship is remote, I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with friends from BCM and make new friends. One of the most exciting parts of my summer in Blacksburg was receiving a surprise visit from my roommate and spending an amazing 2-weeks with her!
What is something you love about BCM?
I know everyone will say “the people” in some capacity, including me, but there’s plenty of reasons why. It’s great to be part of a truly loving, Christ-centered community. Everyone that’s a part of BCM is excited to learn from one another and pour into one another. No matter how well or how little you know a person from BCM, you can count on them to go to any length to help you out. I could write much more extensively about how great this community is, but you have to come experience it first-hand to understand how amazingly out-of-the-ordinary it is.
What are you looking forward to in the fall?
I’m looking forward to meeting more people. I only experienced 1 1/2 semesters and roughly 2 months of BCM pre-COVID, so while I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to build deep, quality relationships, I haven’t had the chance to meet and spend time with so many people inside and outside of BCM.
What advice would you like to share with incoming freshmen?
Obviously, you’re going to experience a lot of changes. Some you may anticipate, like living in a dorm for the first time; but some you may not, like constantly changing friend groups as you try to find your place. When life feels unstable, remember that there’s a stable God, with unchanging promises for your life and an unchanging love for you.
What are your favorite things to do in Blacksburg?
Go to coffee shops. I actually don’t like coffee, but there’s a lot of great coffee shops in Blacksburg that serve other delicious drinks and food. They’re great places to hang out with friends or study when you need a change of scenery from your desk or the library.
Looking forward to meeting everyone soon! See you in the fall!