Within each of our Bay Path community members is an inspirational story of perseverance and strength, and we are honored to share them. This narrative originally appeared as part of Bay Path's #MyPath on social media.
"I always knew the college experience was something I wanted to have. As a first-generation college student, my parents and I learned everything together in the college search process. They were extremely loving and supportive every step of the way, encouraging me to create the future I wanted and go after all of my goals.
"I had a teammate in softball who was interested in Bay Path. Coach Steve Smith would come to our games to watch her. That's how I first heard of Bay Path. The first time I visited campus, it was snowing and raining. But the drive down the driveway was like nothing I had seen in any other school. It was beautiful! It was so homey and felt like a place where I could grow.
"The sense of community was the biggest draw. Even in virtual events, everyone was so welcoming and inclusive! I could tell they cared about every student. They were so helpful – they helped with prep work and coaching to complete our MTELs, our teacher of education licensing. I also won the Signature Scholarship Competition and received a four-year full tuition scholarship, another great opportunity Bay Path offers.
"I started in the elementary education program with a minor in child psychology. It's an excellent program. Even as a first year, I liked that I was required to do a classroom observation. It puts you into the field to know whether or not this is a fit for you.
"The greatest thing about my experience so far is how involved I became in a short time. Being on a small all-women's campus allowed me to take up many leadership positions. I'm on the softball team, a student ambassador, and I work for the athletics department, where I do marketing for our softball social media page.
"I always had an interest in education and psychology, but I didn't know I could have a career out of my creative side. Participating in social media creation has allowed me to explore new possibilities and switch to a marketing major. I've definitely changed my mind about what I want to do many times. I have a lot of passions. But my overall goal has always been to be happy in whatever I'm doing. I want to find and do what's perfect for me." - Madisyn Vera '25 #MyPath