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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