She was spotted Tuesday, Oct. 2nd around 1 p.m., sitting by herself in front of Cafe Diem in the first floor of the student center.

It was a quiet day on campus; she was scrolling on her phone when I approached her with the opportunity to tell her story.

Madeline Dyson, a junior biology major, has big dreams of becoming someone successful in the medical field. Since she was young, her mother always expressed how great of a physician’s assistant she would be.

Only wanting to fulfill her mother’s expectations, she attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She said she had it all -- the family, the friends, the lifestyle.

“It was a lot of family dinners, family game nights. My mom was big on cooking, so she would cook everything and have 20 people over just to eat food,” she said.

Dyson -- originally from Washington Heights, New York -- grew up in a tight-knit Dominican-Indian family. She is a middle child of six who always played the guardian role over her three younger brothers.

But she never expected to become a full-time guardian at the age of 21.

Following the loss of her mother, she had to start anew. She took a year off from school, moved to Bergenfield and took time for herself to recover from the emotional strain.

“A lot of what I was doing I had to reconfigure,” Dyson said.

She never expected to be attending Saint Peter’s -- only visiting for the games during her time at Quinnipiac -- but she knew this step had to be taken to become who she is today.

Upon arriving to Saint Peter’s, she describes the entire experience as “good vibes.” She said she chose the school for the feeling of comfort she got when interacting with both the faculty and the students.

But with new beginnings, comes new obstacles. Despite having been here for almost a year, she feels as if she is not involved with the school and does not know many people.

“Being a commuter is hard. I don’t dorm so I don’t see everyone as much as you guys see each other,” Dyson said.

Yet this has not crushed her hopes to branch out and expand her horizons on campus. She plans to eventually join clubs, get involved with activities, and meet more people.

After going through such a traumatic experience, she said she never looked at it as a loss, only as a chance to honor her mother’s legacy.

She takes life day by day, looking forward to what the future may hold for her. She tries to carry herself with a positive attitude and mindset that she knows would make her mother proud. Dyson may not be sure of what to expect, but she is sure about graduating in 2020 with a degree in her hand and her siblings by her side.

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