Meghan Carver was inspired to attend Wichita State after witnessing her mom's journey as a returning adult student. Now, Meghan prepares to graduate, following in her mom's footsteps.
Meghan is one of more than 2,400 students eligible for spring 2019 graduation. Learn more about her time at Wichita State and what's next for the senior.
What is your degree in? Integrated marketing communication with minors in business and sociology.
What led you to WSU to begin with? My mom was a returning adult student at Wichita State when I was in middle school. I remember her drive, her passion for the Shockers and the classes she was just so enthusiastic about. During my college search process, I attended leadership conferences on campus and was encouraged to apply for the Distinguished Scholarship Invitational. I did, and the rest is history. I loved the people I interacted with and the shared passion they all had for Wichita State. The financial assistance was a huge bonus, too.
How are you feeling leading up to graduation? I'm pumped to graduate. It's such an obscure, indescribable feeling. I can't help but look back at what I've accomplished, what I've learned and how I've grown as a person and as a professional. I am thankful for the professors and staff that have guided my career path and offered advice and connections. It's bittersweet, too. I will always be a proud Shocker and will remember my time at Wichita State as some of the best years of my life.
What has been your most helpful learning experience while a student at WSU? As a student in the Elliott School of Communication, I've received countless hands-on, applied learning opportunities. In the classroom, I've created and pitched marketing campaigns both individually and as a team for local clients that end up actually using the recommendations and tactics. It's truly the ideal learning environment. I feel prepared to take on my full-time role because of the classroom and internship experiences provided by Wichita State and Elliott School professors and staff.
What was been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it? My biggest challenge as a student has been learning to take chances. As a driven, focused person, my eyes were opened to opportunities I didn't even know existed. I took advantage of career development opportunities and followed the advice and encouragement from professors and mentors to overcome my career tunnel vision. In the process, I was gratefully opened up to new perspectives and student organizations that have made me a better person and professional.
What are your plans now workwise? Communication specialist for talent for the Greater Wichita Partnership.
What advice would you give other WSU students? Diversify what you're involved in and dive in, from professional development and community service to cultural and special interest organizations. Say yes to as many opportunities as you can -- at no other point in your life will these opportunities, experiences and perspectives be so readily available to you. With that being said, don't be afraid to say no when you need to. Your mental health should be your priority.