Megan Watson (Far Left)

Megan Watson (Far Left)

Honors, achievements, and special recognition:

  • CCO Into The Streets Week Co-Coordinator – 2010-11
  • Healthcare Access Clinical Assistant Volunteer – 2011 - present
  • Watkins-Berger Scholar – 2009-13
  • Robert J. Dole Public Service Scholar – 2009-13
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar – 2009-13
  • Board of Class Officers Sophomore Class President – 2010-11
  • Board of Class Officers Freshman Class President – 2009-10
  • Student Health Services, Strategic Planning Initiative - 2011
  • Lambda Sigma National Board Scholarship Recipient - 2011
  • Hall Center Scholar – 2010-11
  • Lambda Sigma – 2010-11
  • Owl Society – 2011-12
  • Mortar Board – 2012 – present
  • Intern, Office on Women’s Health Region VII

How I became interested in my field of study:

While growing up, I was active in competitive sports, and injuries were commonplace. As a result, I frequented doctor’s offices and became accustomed to physical therapy regimens. I became fascinated with the intricacies of the human body and have spent time shadowing a myriad of healthcare professionals, thus solidifying my commitment to developing a career as a physician. My involvement with Dance Marathon has further confirmed my passion while inspiring me to seek a career in which I will better the lives and opportunities of young children.

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

Throughout my collegiate career, I have become increasingly more involved with Dance Marathon (KUDM), and this organization has impacted me tremendously. KUDM has allowed me exceptional opportunities for personal development, especially in my role as Executive Director. I have developed my own conceptions of leadership, especially regarding the importance of integrity, while continuing to emphasize the significance of building and maintaining strong relationships in a working environment. These values will continue to impact my future.

At the culmination of each year’s 12-hour Dance Marathon, we reveal the final dollar amount that we have raised to donate to KU Pediatrics. Last February’s total of sixty thousand dollars was nearly double the previous year’s efforts. To be surrounded by hundreds of my peers, who are as devoted as myself to supporting our community, is incredibly powerful. I am proud of the continued impact that our efforts will have on local families, and I remain inspired by the dedication of those who strive to make miracles happen.

Someone who has been a role model for me and why:

Alex Ross, the founder of Dance Marathon at KU, has inspired me to act on my visions and to believe in myself. His unbridled passion motivates those around him, and it has encouraged me to exhibit my beliefs more visibly so that I can similarly inspire my peers. Alex exemplifies the importance of strong relationships in building a team who will remain committed to its mission. Lastly, he is a visionary. Alex’s big ideas are what created Dance Marathon, and this spirit has led me to seek this same level of ingenuity and commitment in my work.

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

My mom has always been my biggest supporter. She continues to believe in me, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to realize how much she has sacrificed for my brother and I. She is committed to, and motivates, the people in her life; I can only hope that I will remain as strong and dedicated in my own endeavors.

My favorite KU memory:

One of my favorite memories of KU came this past spring, following our victory over Ohio State in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. The immediate moments after the final buzzer are a blur. But, I remember racing out of Liberty Hall and sprinting down Mass Street surrounded by thousands of Jayhawks who exhibited emotions that ranged everywhere from screaming to crying. We celebrated in the street for hours. It’s a memory that I will never forget.

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

College is an experience to be cherished, not one to be rushed. Throw yourself into the opportunities and relationships that you’re most passionate about, and focus your energy on the things that inspire you. However, don’t forget the path you’ve traveled, and take time to reflect on your experiences. It’s through reflection and a desire to understand your actions and emotions that you truly learn about yourself.

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

Worry is a misuse of imagination
– Dan Zadra

A dear friend introduced me to this quote that now hangs in my room, serving as an important reminder. These words remind me to channel creative energy into envisioning and subsequently acting on my dreams, rather than preoccupying myself with worry.