Alumnae Spotlight: Emily Cochran, ’03

What was your favorite memory during your time at Meredith?

I have so many good memories. I think my favorite was the opening to Cornhuskin’ my senior year. The entire class was down in the amphitheater and we did our grand entrance and I remember thinking to myself, ‘SOAK IT IN, PAY ATTENTION TO THIS MOMENT, IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.’ It was so special. I still get chills!

What was your favorite tradition?

Oh goodness, again… every tradition meant so much. I loved Ring Dinner. Since I was a very little girl, I dreamt of getting my onyx. All of my babysitters had them and I thought they were so cool. Once I got to Meredith, the ring became like a badge of honor. Now, it connects me to so many alumnae! I can be anywhere and see a young or old woman with an onyx and we instantly have a moment!

 Who was your favorite Professor or what was your favorite class? Why?

I majored in Interior Design and LOVED all of my ID classes. One class that surprised me was Art History. I found it to be profoundly moving as I was exposed to pieces that I had never seen, some that have impacted me for life. I discovered one of my favorite paintings in that class. Years later, I was wandering through the Art Institute in Chicago and I saw the painting, without knowing it was there. It was a major life moment.

 What is your favorite thing about being a Meredith Alumna?

Remembering my glorious years at Meredith 😉

Tell us what you have been up to since you graduated from Meredith!

Since graduating, I have held all sorts of positions within the design world. I have managed facilities for major companies in RTP, I have designed shops at North Hills, I have designed schools for Wake County, and most recently, I have opened my own business. In November, I opened a little shop on Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh. It’s full of vintage furniture and fun home finds, and it serves as my studio for design projects. Thank you, Meredith, for encouraging me to live my best life!

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