A New Addition

On the evening of Wednesday, April 15, 2020, the Class of 2020 was inducted into the Meredith College Alumnae Association.  During the special, virtual event their Class Doll Co-chairs presented their doll to their classmates and the Alumnae Association.  The unveiling of this special piece of class history is always so meaningful and we are excited to share her with you now!

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Saturday, August 20, 2016
My name is Luna Patience Valencia. Today is the beginning of my journey at Meredith as it is the first day of freshman orientation, and I’ve decided to keep a journal to document my experience. I’m a commuter, so I don’t have to worry about moving in. My friend Brooke Mattingly, a fellow member of the class of 2020, made me a keychain for my car keys that looks like a daisy chain. This design is in honor of the Class Day tradition, which I get to experience for the first time next year. I also met my Big Sis, Brittlyn, today. She gave me a water bottle to keep me eco-friendly and hydrated, and I want to use it to collect stickers to commemorate my experiences at Meredith.

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Friday, November 4, 2016
Tonight I can finally say I have experienced Cornhuskin’! I now understand how indescribable this wonderful tradition is. Our theme was The “Little Mere-maid,” and we wore red tutus. Excitingly, we came in 3rd place as freshmen! That never happens!

Friday, October 19, 2018
I haven’t written in a while. I’ve been so busy with classes and traditions, but I’m finally a junior. Tonight was the night every Meredith Angel waits for — Ring Dinner! At the end of Ring Dinner, my Big and my Little came to surprise me. I met my Little earlier in the semester, and I got another sticker from our first social where we watched Legally Blonde together. Tonight, I wore a black dress and my favorite star earrings I bought for our Sophomore Cornhuskin’. Our theme was “You Ain’t Never Had a Sister Like Me,” in honor of our Bigs. The star is even more important because one night during practice, we all saw a shooting star together! Ring Dinner was a wonderful reminder of the strong bond I have with all of my sisters—past, present, and future.

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Senior year has been a whirlwind so far. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg came to campus in September. I was able to attend the student-only session to hear her speak in Jones Auditorium. I even got a sticker to commemorate the event! More importantly, tonight was our last Cornhuskin’. We finally won! Our theme was the MC Experience, a tribute to how wacky Meredith traditions are, especially Cornhuskin’. My first name, Luna, represents this theme — the nights were long for a moment like that. My name also reminds me of the solar eclipse we experienced in the summer of 2017 at the beginning of our sophomore year.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

My last semester at Meredith has taken an unexpected turn. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Meredith announced that classes are moving online, and my friends living on campus have to move home. It’s been a stressful time, and last night I painted my nails to help me relax. Like many of my other sisters that live in Johnson Hall, they are a berry red color. Today, I drove to campus to take a long walk and clear my head. I wore my “Alice” blue jumpsuit that my friend Hannah Sadel made for me, a cardigan to keep warm, my glasses to help me maintain 20/20 vision, and some comfy metallic platform sandals. My jumpsuit color was inspired by “Alice in Wonderland,” a tradition I have looked forward to for the past four years, that I finally experienced in January! I brought my water bottle along to stay hydrated during my walk and noticed how many stickers I’ve collected over the years. A recent addition was a monogram sticker to represent all three of our class advisors, Rebekah, Kelsey, and Courtney.

Before the chaos started, I was able to vote in the presidential primaries. I even kept my “I Voted” sticker to add to my water bottle. My time at Meredith has aligned with many important political milestones, including the 2016 presidential election my freshman year, and the presidential election and centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment this year. Many other exciting things were supposed to happen this semester, too, like Class Day and Commencement. Even though these events won’t happen as planned, President Allen has assured us that we will get to celebrate together eventually. This is what inspired my middle name, Patience. Our class has been forced into a unique situation where we must wait to fully celebrate our last moments together. These current events have also required a lot of strength and bravery, which prompted my last name, Valencia. Our time at Meredith has taught us to use our strengths at all times, especially in difficult days, and staying strong has never been as important as it is now. While being patient and brave, I look forward to being reunited with my sisters soon.

Written by Anna Griffin and Morgan Johnson, Class of 2020 Doll Chairs

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