Megan’s story: An online student plays a major role in campus life

Megan Stephens

President of the Dean’s Team, you’ll find Megan Stephens around campus, dishing out treats at an ice cream social or participating in a campus cleanup. You’ll see her at Commencement, too, where she’ll be helping out as part of Student Activities – even though she’s graduating herself with a degree in Liberal Arts.

Where you won’t see her: In a physical classroom on campus. That’s because Megan is an online student, even though she’s local. It’s a format that works well for her, giving her top grades in her courses – something she never imagined before coming to SUNY Broome.

“I’m homeschooled, so I’m used to being self-propelled in my homework. I have ADHD, so sitting in a classroom doesn’t work well for me,” she explained. Online classes allow her to take the breaks she needs when she loses focus, she said.

Stephens is also committed to improving the lives of veterans, as a community athlete with the Wounded Warrior Project. She’s doing a 5K to support the program this year, and working with Student Activities to put on a series of events during Spring Fling on May 11.

There will be a pushup contest with prizes, as well as a sit-up contest, live music and more, all to support the cause of injured service members.

Megan Stephens in the Student Activities office

“I feel we need to be doing more to support our soldiers, the ones who gave so much,” said Stephens, whose uncle served in the military. “I think that’s something a lot of people take for granted, although it’s really important.”

After graduation, she plans on transferring across town to Davis College with the ultimate goal of a career in international ministry – perhaps in Costa Rica, where she’s headed this summer to aid widows and orphans.

Looking back, her SUNY Broome experience was different than she expected.

“It has a small community vibe to it that’s really nice,” she said.