Profile: Earl 'Twon' Madison
After completing his first year at Mississippi State University, Earl "Twon" Madison is on a fast track. That's because of taking Advanced Placement and Dual Credit courses while still in high school. He transferred multiple college credits and plans to finish an undergraduate degree in just three years.
The Sikeston, Missouri, native still manages to juggle several co-curricular activities. An elementary education major who plans to become a kindergarten teacher, Madison began getting classroom experiences through a cadet teaching program in high school.
Upon moving to Starkville for college, he volunteered through the Mississippi Association of Educators as a tutor at a local school. He said he enjoys the satisfaction of helping students one-on-one with reading, math and other critical skills.
His classroom experiences, as well as time spent teaching Taekwondo and serving as a summer YMCA camp counselor and swim coach, have helped confirm his career choice to work in early childhood education.
"When I first served in a classroom, the teacher said she wanted me to know by the end of the year if it was the right career for me," Madison said. "I loved it so much my first semester that I adjusted my schedule so I could be there even more for the remainder of the year."
When it came to choosing a university, Madison was influenced by his summers spent visiting relatives in Vicksburg. He always enjoyed the people he met in the hospitality state, but his two older siblings both graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. He said it was assumed that he also would attend college in his home state.
When he announced plans to attend MSU, his parents were somewhat hesitant about him moving so far away. But a trip to campus and an orientation session sealed the deal and helped his parents feel confident that MSU was the right choice.
Madison said joining the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi gave him a support system on campus and brothers to encourage him. He recommends Greek life or some sort of close-knit organization to other students.
"It really helps, especially when you're far from family," he said.Writer: Allison Matthews | Photo: Megan Bean