Meadow Amy Richards was born to a prestigious pureblood family. She was the second child, and, unfortunately, was considered the disappointment out of the two due to being very sickly from the moment of birth. It's a miracle that she survived, and that doesn't even speak for how tumultuous her healthcare was throughout her life.
Due to this, she was confined to her bedroom most of her young life. Her body couldn't withstand going to school - instead, she was home schooled. Still obsessed with status, her parents pushed her in this education, often too hard. She came to crave fleeing and leaving Melbourne behind, but she couldn't. That was, until her body started to get better.
Her body managed to strengthen itself just enough by the time she could enroll in a proper magical education. While her parents were momentarily considering not letting her go, they soon became keen on the thought of having someone else deal with the responsibility - they didn't want to be permanently thought of as 'that one couple with the pathetic daughter'. She was sent there and told to stay in the dorms after making a laundry list of behavioral demands she was too scared not to comply with.
Being enrolled in Tallygarunga gave her a much needed medicine she had never been given before in her short lifetime - pure, unbridled energy. She visibly improved both physically and mentally when exposed to something outside of her bedroom's walls, and speech that didn't sound like either parent's berating voice. This also meant she could meet with her sister more often, whom was at the tail end of her studies herself. She fit right in with the crowd, and found her calling very quickly - nursing.
No matter how involved she became in studying and friendship, however, there was always a voice in the back of her mind - she can't be a nurse, or she'll be disowned. She can't befriend a good portion of people in the school, or she'll be disowned. She should focus on finding a fine suitor to marry, or she'll be disowned. This inner conflict affects her every day reasoning, and she sorely needs to find a source of courage to finally defy the Richards family once and for all.
After the debacle that was accidentally revealing Travis' condition to her own roommate during the 2018 Winter Ball, Meadow was forced to return home without having much of a chance to make up for it. Upon her return, she and her best friend had a much needed argument (which involved her barging in through the Bourke Common Room and into the boys' dormitories) which led to her doubling down on the need to create an effective potion to help him cope with his condition.
Another argument erupted not too long after, during the first break of her academic career wherein she made the case to stay in school (and succeeded, no less). This one led to a change of mindset - instead of suffocating Travis with her need to watch over him, she'd be there for him every step of the way to be his light and lifeline when need be. Afterwards, she decided to become a frequent helper in the nurse's office, not only for the extra points, but to be able to nurture her natural healing talent and improve on the potion that would help Travis out with his plight.
As time went on, she's displayed bits and pieces of occasional bravery rather than cowardice. One could argue she's changing fundamentally, and preparing herself to take on her parents and her worst fears.