[ Alumni Profile ] “ “MCC was definitely like home to me. If I could have stayed four years, I would have – I loved it that much. The professors are amazing and care so much about their students. “ Service-Learning Steered Her in the Right Direction 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner atelyn Adams displays a copy of the Girls Bill of Rights in her office at Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell. It reminds the Girls Inc. Program Coordinator of her commitment to inspire all girls to be “strong, smart and bold,” which is the agency’s mission. That statement is also testament to her own growth, over the past 8 years. “I have blossomed at Girls Inc.,” said Adams, 26. A 2007 Middlesex graduate, Adams is this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winner Profiles K “ Katelyn Adams '07 Girls Inc. Program Coordinator Katelyn Adams and will be honored at Commencement on Thursday, May 23. Looking back, Adams didn’t have a clue what she wanted to do when she enrolled at MCC in the fall of 2005, after a disappointing freshman year at a college in Maine. “I was a lost soul, discouraged and trying to figure it out,” said Adams. At Middlesex, she soon discovered her purpose in life, thanks to supportive professors, inspiring classes and several positive Service-Learning placements. Her first “turning point” occurred in a cultural anthropology class, when she interviewed a Cambodian refugee in his home. “It helped me recognize Lowell’s cultural diversity and realize I’d like to be a part of it,” said Adams. But her Service-Learning placements at Girls Inc. were the most significant steps on her road to self-discovery. “I did Service-Learning in several Middlesex classes and loved Girls Inc. so much that I did most of it there. It’s a very empowering place,” she said Through Service-Learning, Adams was soon a program specialist at Girls Inc., continued on page 12 [ 11 ]