Women of Distinction

2011
2012

Megan Ritter (Middle Left)

Jackson, Ritter, Pavicic and Johnson

Honors/achievements:

  • Student Body Vice President, 2010-‘11
  • KU Outstanding Woman Student in a Sorority (Alpha Chi Omega), 2011
  • University Scholar, 2009-‘10
  • Memorial Corporation Board, President, 2011-2012
  • Alternative Spring Break, Site Leader, Mid-South Center for Peace and Justice, Memphis, 2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2011
  • Warner Morse Scholarship in Philosophy, 2011
  • Oxfam KU, 2008-2011
  • Alpha Chi Omega, Panhellenic Delegate (2009-2010), Philanthropy Chair (2008-2009)
  • University of Kansas Honors Program
  • Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society, 2009-2010
  • Junior Greek Council, 2008- 2009
  • Freshman Leadership Council, 2008-2009
  • Outstanding New Member in Greek Community, 2009

How I became interested in my field:

My first semester freshman year, I took an honors introduction to philosophy course in order to fulfill a requirement. I was quickly enticed by the interesting discussions our class had, the logical basis of the arguments, and the ability to apply the arguments to real life in a relevant and meaningful way.

An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me:

I am even more appreciative of the opportunity to serve as Student Body Vice President now that my term is complete. I can look back and see the tangible results as well as the personal growth that the experience allowed. More importantly, it was an empowering experience to learn the difference that a group of dedicated students can make and a testament to KU that students are respected enough to engage in policy and decision-making.

Someone who has been influential or had a significant impact on my life:

I really cannot think of just one person who has impacted my life. I am the product of many interactions and the support of my parents, friends, and teachers. I also appreciate those along the way that have challenged me because they have forced me to look inside myself and find strength.

My favorite KU memory:

My favorite memory as an undergraduate is participating in the British Summer Institute with Dr. Mary Klayder. Traveling through the UK, I gained a glimpse into history through literature, art, and culture—not to mention the trip instilled a love and appreciation of other cultures and traveling.

An important life lesson I have learned:

Don’t be afraid to try new things: study abroad, do community service, take a challenging class. I’ve learned that the things that force us to challenge ourselves are often the most educational and definitely the most rewarding.

If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know…

College is a time for learning and discovering and developing passions. It is okay to deviate from your original plan. You can stray in order to follow something you are passionate about and can help you cultivate your talents. Challenge yourself in your activities and academics and allow yourself to learn and grow in the direction that interests you.

A favorite quote or saying and why it is meaningful to me:

“The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the life too closely examined may not be lived at all.”
Mark Twain

This quote reminds me in all of my roles to seek balance. Balance is not easy, especially when life is busy, but finding balance provides harmony in your life and allows you to always do your best.