Maranda M.

Graduate Recipient

"What inspirational advice would you give to others with CF entering high school or college? As part of your essay, please also explain the significance of your creative presentation to your journey with CF."

High school and college can be difficult for people with Cystic Fibrosis. Luckily, there are some key things that can help CFers make it through:

1. Be open about your CF. Living in fear that others will discover we have a secret prohibits us from taking care of ourselves in the best way possible. Develop your own go-to answers for when people ask about your CF. This allows us to give honest, direct answers without becoming annoyed or upset. It also allows us to help ourselves by eliminating the "fear of being discovered," and helps us spread the word about CF and the need to find a cure.

2. Stick to your treatment regime! Hone your time management skills to fit your treatments into your life. For example, if you're hanging out with close friends bring your therapy equipment along, or do homework during therapy while you're sitting still anyway. The treatments and medicines allow us to keep doing what we're doing; stopping them can result in consequences down the road.

Being open about my CF and sticking to my treatments has allowed me to enjoy life in the way I've expressed in my creative project. If you feel yourself becoming frustrated with your CF remember that we can choose to have a positive attitude and face the challenges we were given in life, or we can crumble in the face of them. Choose to persevere, push onward, and show the world that CF can make us stronger!


Maranda M.'s Artwork

Maranda M.'s Achievements

  • Volunteering full-time (40+ hours per week) through the Corporation for National and Community Service as an AmeriCorps member that helps manage and run the Georgia Sea Turtle Center's volunteer program (Fall 2013-Present)
  • Was offered and accepted a graduate research and teaching assistantship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (Spring 2015)
  • Presented original research pertaining to ecological restoration and management of a volunteer program at professional events including International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Southeastern Regional Sea Turtle Meeting, Jekyll Island Board of Directors, Coastal WildScapes Native Plant Sale and Education Event, and EcoFocus Film Festival (Spring 2013-Present)
  • Belong to Women on Wednesdays ministry group at The Chapel (Spring 2014-Present)
  • B.S. in Wildlife Management, University of Minnesota-Crookston (Spring 2012)
  • Dean's list (Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011)
  • Inducted into the National Society for Leadership and Success (Spring 2011)
  • Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society, University of Minnesota-Crookston (Fall 2010-Spring 2012)
  • Natural Resources Club, University of Minnesota-Crookston (Fall 2010-Spring 2012)