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May 26, 2022


Overcoming Struggles to Succeed

By Office of Communications

megan hosfield

Megan grew up all over San Diego, but has always called Logan Heights home. Her grandmother lives there and she spent a lot of time there when she was younger over summers and after school. Growing up in Logan Heights made Megan proud to be a Chicana. Megan knew she wanted to go to college because she recognized it as the best avenue to further her professional life and a platform to give her the opportunity to make a difference in her community. Megan chose Mesa College because she had a friend who was currently attending and her friend told Megan that the campus was beautiful and there were a lot of resources offered.

 

Her passions are Sociology and Psychology. She has previously experienced hardships including substance abuse, financial instability, and struggles with mental health. She hopes to be able to give back to others in similar situations, and to turn the tide of the way these subjects are currently approached by interjecting a more empathetic point of view.

 

Megan is currently the Vice President of the Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Honor Society at Mesa. It is a club dedicated to celebrating DSPS students with honor status, as well as bringing awareness to the misconceptions of disability. The club gives Megan a sense of belonging and her support system at Mesa has helped her realize that the challenges of her past do not dictate the direction of her future. Megan has found peace of mind in knowing that she can always change the course of her life through taking action.

 

During Megan’s time at Mesa, she struggled with substance abuse. She was homeless after losing her job in 2019, but was able to get into a halfway house, and then transitional housing. She took a year off of school in order to attend treatment for substance abuse, but she didn’t let that stop her. Megan overcame her challenges, got sober, and returned to school.

 

Megan is now graduating from Mesa in the Spring 2022 semester with not one, but two Associate’s Degrees. She will have a degree in both Psychology and Sociology. She would like to thank her family, friends, and boyfriend for being so supportive. Megan has since been accepted at CSU San Marcos to the Sociology program, and is working as a Peer Counselor at the halfway house she lived in temporarily, as well as a Supervisor at Starbucks. Her future plans include becoming a counselor for individuals facing homelessness, substance use, and mental illness. She hopes to be able to work with a county program or manage a halfway house and do her part in helping to find a solution to these issues. 

 

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