I met Megan for the first time when she was 16 years old. My husband and I had just moved to Arlington and we were on a youth group mission trip in Atlanta. I was pregnant with James at the time and I remember sleeping on a blow up mattress in a room with about 15-20 high school girls. We were helping out a local organization clean up a children’s center in a part of town that needed the additional assistance. I remember Megan because she was sick as a dog but continued to work her tail off at that place. She painted, she swept the floors, the cleaned up in the yard around the house. She was determined to get that place looking good, even at the expense of her own health. During that trip we bonded and our bond has never been broken. We have been through alot of life together since then and all I can say is this girl never, ever ceases to amaze me. She is mature beyond her years (I knew that even when she was 16) and has a heart for the Lord and for her family and friends. She is one of those people that I know will always be in my life. I always tell her that she is the little sister that I never had. This is another amazing woman that I thought you should know.
Jen: Tell us about yourself, where you are from, where you go to school, your major, and anything else we should know.
Meg: I’m from good ole Arlington, Texas, born and raised. I am just months away from finishing my bachelors degree in Biology at the University of North Texas. Through this long journey, the Lord has definitely tested and continues to test me in ways no one could ever prepare for. And believe it or not, I could not be more thankful in His belief that I can be a better daughter, sister, friend, girl friend, student, employee, and follower in Christ than I could have ever imagined I could be. Praise the Lord for the blessings of those tests for encouraging me to keep fighting and pushing through to graduate in May.
Jen: What has been the most surprising thing about being in college?
Meg: Speaking of God’s wonderful tests, he brought me here to UNT, home of the mean green, four years ago kicking & screaming. I wanted nothing to do with UNT. It was going to be a one semester commitment, then I was high-tailing out of the Little D on a transfer. I knew nothing about UNT. And when I say nothing, I mean the first time I stepped onto the campus was the week before move-in at orientation. I literally cried myself to sleep every night in my dorm the first few months & was so angry with God. [Fast forward three years] At the beginning of this semester, my last fall semester of undergrad, I reflected on the past 3 years. The changes I saw in myself, the friends (that I consider more as family) enter my life, the boy that I fell in love with, the lessons I’ve learned, the knowledge I gained, the tears, the laughter. These memories are those that I would NEVER go back to change and are what FINALLY, three years later, made me realize that God’s plan for me at UNT was better than any plan I could make myself. If you would have told me those first few months of weeping that I was going to grow to love this university, these people & this town, I would have laughed in your face… And then probably cried a little more. That was definitely the biggest surprise of my college career. Oh & that being smart doesn’t come easy!
Jen: Tell us what you plan to do after graduation.
Meg: Since we are on the topic on tests… My plan, which God has reminded me MANY times along the way, isn’t always His plan. I was planning on going straight into medical school after graduating from UNT. However, God decided that I needed a break from school & needed motivation to be better. He showed me His decision through the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad MCAT. (Yes, I just referenced the title of one of my fav children’s books) Long story short, due to having to retake the MCAT and the application process for medical schools being a year long, I decided to take a year off to work, build my resume, and get some clinical experience in before the next applications, and I have never been more relieved and at ease by a decision in my life. Again, the Big Man-589975367; Meg-0. Lord willing, I dream of becoming a doctor, specializing in neurosurgery or oncology (but staying open minded). The next question everyone asks is, “AWESOME! Where do you want to go?” I will learn from the lesson God taught me four years ago & follow His lead, because, man, He’s done nothing but fantastic things for me thus far!
Jen: Any advice for new incoming college freshman?
Meg: If I had any advice for incoming freshman, it would be to enjoy every second of it. From the awkward moments of meeting new people & make new friends to pulling all nighters for tests, from bad break ups to finally finding that perfect fit of a church. Find your balance of seriousness and having fun. Don’t let a few bad grades bring down your confidence, just use it as motivation to do better next time. Not everyone will be your friend, accept that now. Form relationships with your professors, they are the best advice givers, recommendation writers & encouragers. And most importantly, with all the new formed relationships with friends, boyfriends, classmates, or professors, DO NOT knock God down a few spots on your priority list!! Those morning quiet times before classes will be your only saving grace some days. Trust in the Lord, and you will make it through!
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