Meagan Knowles has so many memories from Lees-McRae it’s hard for her to pick just one. “The memory that sticks with me the most is freshman year Family Day. My parents did not come because my home was 800 miles away. My roommate let me “borrow” her parents so I would not be alone. It made me realize that regardless of where we all came from we were all family. That’s what Lees-McRae is, one big family.”
Meagan believes that being a student-athlete at Lees-McRae shaped her into the person she is today. She learned how to balance her education and her athletics. “I learned that it is not going to be easy and sometimes you will fail over and over again, but if you keep working hard good things will happen. I also learned how to accept constructive criticism and to grow from it as well. My teachers and coaches instilled values in me that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I am forever grateful to them.”
Her advice to current students? “Enjoy every minute of college. Enjoy your studies, enjoy the beautiful environment you live in, but most importantly, cherish the friendships you make. Once you leave, I promise you will miss every moment of it. You will even miss the research papers, walking to class in the freezing cold and 6 a.m. practices for the student-athletes.”
Meagan feels it is important to give back to Lees-McRae so current and future students can have the same experiences she had.
Meagan is currently working as a 3rd grade school teacher in West Palm Beach, Fla. “I am going into my third year of teaching and I absolutely love it.”
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