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PROVIDED PHOTO Lock Haven University senior graduate Madalyn Dydynski prepares for a softball game.

LOCK HAVEN — Some students start college with the intention of finding out what they want to do for a career. Others, like Madalyn Dydynski, who is graduating this spring with a degree in business administration with a concentration in management and marketing, have known all their lives what they were supposed to do.

Dydynski always knew she wanted to make human resources her future career. “My dad was actually the person who opened my eyes to the world of human resources, so I knew from an early age that business administration was something I wanted to learn,” said Dydynski. “I opted for the management and marketing courses because I fell in love with the field of human resources and I felt that these courses would suit me best in my training.

While at The Haven, Dydynski’s most memorable experiences came from his time on the softball team. “My favorite thing about Lock Haven is the athletic department,” she says. “We really are like a family. All teams and coaches support each other on and off the competition platform and it shows in the culture of our program.

“I felt like I had a second family with the softball team from my first visit, which is truly a blessing,” she added. “We really support and appreciate each other on and off the pitch. Our team likes to call it Mudita, which means having joy for each other’s success and well-being. We push each other to do our best in class, as well as with our coaches, who closely monitor our grades.

Dydynski’s most memorable experience playing softball at LHU was when his team won the PSAC championship in his freshman year in 2019 and qualified for the regional tournament. Besides softball, Dydynski was also a representative on the student athletic advisory committee on campus.

While at Lock Haven, Dydynski had the honor of being named the 2019 PSAC Champion, NFCA and PSAC Scholar Athlete, and named to the Dean’s List.

After graduation, Dydynski plans to move to the Hamptons, where she has taken a full-time position as a human resources and accounting assistant at Cape Resorts in Sag Harbor, New York.

“I am very excited about what awaits me after I graduate,” said Dydynski. “I truly believe that playing varsity athletics and receiving not only my education, but also many great experiences at Lock Haven, has prepared me for this next chapter in my life.”

“I truly appreciate the education and life lessons The Haven has given me,” she added. “The memories and experiences will forever hold a special place in my heart. I cannot thank my family, coaches, teammates, professors and the campus community enough for all of their love and support over the past four years.

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