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UM senior plans to head to Chicago to study law

Photo by Betsy Veazey.

Betsy Veazey
Oxford Stories
egveazey@go.olemiss.edu

Many things have changed since University of Mississippi senior Meagan Robinson left her small town of Raymond, Mississippi, and family, including two younger siblings, to pursue a college degree.

Arriving at Ole Miss, the Jackson Preparatory School graduate dove into her pre-med studies and pledged Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. But halfway through her sophomore year, Meagan realized that she didn’t actually want to be an OBGYN.

She changed her major to English with a minor in journalism, then decided to go into law, claiming teachers aren’t given enough credit, and that she could never do their job.

Robinson has since excelled in the Meek School of Journalism as one of two students featured in the school’s annual magazine for her photography. The former Oxford Stories reporter was also featured in many posts on HottyToddy.com. She has completed 18 hours of journalism and has loved it all.

On campus, Robinson is involved with her sorority, and she has been on the Wesley Leadership Team for two years. She co-leads Everybody’s Study on Wednesday’s with Connor King, and runs things on Thursday nights.

She is also a shift manager at Dicky’s Barbecue. “If I had to get anything, it would be a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw on top, and macaroni and cheese on the side, or the chicken.”

For one week during Christmas break her junior year, Robinson had the opportunity to intern for divorce lawyer and founder of 200 Million Flowers, Craig Robertson. She enjoyed it so much, she didn’t want the experience to end, and reached out to the firm again, hoping for another position the following summer. At the time, Robertson said the firm had no openings, but his non-profit organization, 200 Million Flowers, did.

According to http://www.200millionflowers.org, it is a non-profit adoption agency “committed to connecting children in need of love to families with that love.” They claim to be unlike your average adoption agency by “understanding the critical importance of maintaining a positive childhood experience in our society.” The name comes from the Mother Teresa quote, “How can there be too many children? It’s like saying there are too many flowers.”

Robinson works on the Rescue 100 project, that trains foster families in a three-day weekend, instead six months to a year like it usually takes. It is an effort between the Mississippi Department of Children’s Services, the Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice, 200 Million Flowers, and churches across the state of Mississippi. Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam brought 200 Million Flowers in on Rescue 100 because of their connections with the Department of Human Services.

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In Robinson’s first weekend working on Rescue 100, they trained about 100 families in the Pine Belt region around Hattiesburg, Jones County, Picayune and others. In that three-day weekend, most families earned certificates to be foster families. To become certified, you have to attend an hour-long orientation briefing during the week, a three-day weekend certification, and a mandatory home test. This is a much faster process than anyone else has ever done.

Rescue 100 has done so well in areas like Jackson and Hattiesburg, they have come to Oxford. Robinson has participated in orientations in Oxford, Hernando, Tupelo and Columbus. The program is open to any family anywhere. After interning with the organization, Robinson joined the 200 Million Flowers staff, and is now on the payroll.

Mallory Robinson, a sophomore speech therapy major and Alpha Omicron Pi member, is Meagan Robinson’s sister. Mallory Robinson has volunteered alongside Meagan at several Oxford meetings, and she credits 200 Million Flowers with helping guide her sister down the path of law she wants to study and influencing her to want to protect children.

Preparing for life after undergrad, Robinson applied to multiple law schools, including Belmont University, Mississippi College, University of Denver, Loyola University, DePaul University, and her alma mater, Ole Miss.

She was accepted to each school and received generous scholarships from multiple places. DePaul University, the largest Catholic university in the U.S. and a private institution in Chicago serving nearly 24000 students, recognized Robinson’s potential in the courtroom, and offered her the most scholarship money the school awards, making it impossible to turn down. Ole Miss’s acceptance was the hardest for this Rebel student, because she has grown up bleeding red and blue.

Robinson is planning to move to Chicago this July to attend DePaul in the fall. DePaul has invited her to apply to be a Family Law Fellow, working for an internship in Chicago during the summer following her first year of law school. She is excited and ready for a fresh start outside of Mississippi, learning how to move forward making a difference in children’s lives.

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