Melissa Lyman is one of the Co-Treasurers of AHA. She is a freshman majoring in Biology. When Melissa came to UW Madison, one of her goals was to find a more diverse group of people with beliefs that differed from the conservative, republican beliefs she had grown up with. AHA proved to fit her goal nicely,and she has been coming to meetings ever since. In her spare time, Melissa likes to watch the daily show, bake, cook, run, and weight train.
Throughout my life I never thought too much about how I didn’t believe in God. In high school, my parents would turn on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report and I was surprisingly interested. I enjoyed the shows and it made me want to explore more political news reports on my own to ensure I was informed. I grew to realize that my views were definitely skewed left. One of the main differences I had with most Republicans was the lack of separation of the church and state. It seemed as though they continually supported their views by referencing the church, which bothered me. To support political decisions based on an outdated ideology didn’t make sense to me. I began to have long discussions with my mother about the government and each parties’ views and enjoyed debating with her about many current event topics. I realized then that I was nonreligious but I never associated myself with the label Atheist until I was looking for student organizations on campus to get involved with.