Madeline Shortt '15

Madeline Shortt '15

Twenty First Century Scholar

Hometown: Eugene, Oregon

Likely major: I’m considering neuroscience, physics, and psychology.

My research: After reading an article that mentioned Richard Dawkins’s work on evolutionary biology, religion, and spirituality, I got thinking about how very similar people can have very different fundamental beliefs. I began researching the biology of spirituality and it became the focus of my extended essay for the International Baccalaureate.

Making music: My instrument is the viola. I’m planning to continue playing through college.

On my iPod: Right now, I’m a bit obsessed with Mumford & Sons. Something about their music resonates with me. I can’t help feeling brighter when listening to them.

Personal philosophy: Mine comes from my yoga practice: stay in the present. You can learn from the past and plan for the future, but do not get stuck in either.

On Riding: Though I have ridden since I was eight and have done the hunter/ jumper show circuit in Oregon and the West Coast, I’ve never really ridden with a team or people my own age. It will be great to have friends who understand the horsey part of my life.