Student Spotlight

Oriana Clayton '14

Oriana Clayton, Class of 2014
Justice Studies/Applied Forensic Science

My MU journey has been astounding. Since my freshman year, I was involved with many leadership opportunities. I participated in community engagement through both domestic and international mission trips. I served as a mentor with the Peer Mentor Program that partnered with Pine Forest High School, and trained students to become mentors to their peers. My leadership activities ranged from being a senator my freshman year to serving as the chief justice for Student Government. I also had the opportunity to be a part of the MU Master Plan, on search committees for the president and dean of students, on the Honor Board and Judicial Appeal Board, and to serve as a student ambassador for Admissions.

As a Methodist University Ambassador, I loved advising all prospective students in ways to get involved on campus. I would tell students to find their “one thing,” and if that club or organization is not offered, then to create it. Find something that is meaningful to you. The Criminal Justice Forensic Science Association (CJFSA) is a club that is meaningful to me and offers many networking opportunities. Through this club, I had the honor of interning with the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) during the summer, and the experience has been that of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Since I am a firefighter, I was able to focus on arson investigating, which is something I am very passionate about. I have always wanted to become a part of the SBI, and now, through my involvement at Methodist, my dream has come true.

At Methodist, it’s important to find your identity and what makes you who you are. The sky is the limit.

Oriana Clayton ’14
Justice Studies with a concentration in Applied Forensic Science and a minor in Leadership Studies
Browns Summit, North Carolina

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