Grad Profile: Megan McAllister

WOU student Megan McAllister smiles in front of an outdoor stairwell. Megan is wearing a bright red shirt.

Megan McAllister will be graduating with a degree in Business. McAllister is from Klamath Falls, Ore., and has participated in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, as well as the Student Veterans of America club.

Are you a transfer student? What has the experience been like?
Yes, I transferred from Klamath Community College as a junior. Since I was not living on campus I had to make more of an effort to meet new people so I could feel like I was part of the community. Participating in new student week events and joining organizations on campus during my first term in the fall was what helped me begin the great experience that I have had at WOU.

Why did you choose WOU?
I chose WOU because it offers everything the larger universities could for me and it has the small class sizes that I knew I needed in order to be successful. I have always been able to talk directly with my professors about any questions, which is something that was extremely helpful. WOU allowed me to get involved in various areas on campus and hold leadership positions that I likely would not have been able to at a larger university.

Megan McAllister smiles in a green t-shirt that reads Alpha Chi Omega, with white outlines of six plants.
McAllister shows of an Alpha Chi Omega shirt

What have some of your extracurriculars been? How did those impact your time on campus?
During new student week I was able to meet members of the Student Veterans of America club and sisters from the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, both organizations I ended up joining and becoming an executive member for. I was also able to get a job on campus in the Veteran Resource Center which allowed me to meet many more students that are affiliated with the military like myself. Participating in intramural sports was another exciting thing that I was able to do at WOU, since I was going to a community college prior I really missed playing sports.

Do you have any advice for current and prospective students?
Get involved and try new things. WOU is a great place to have new experiences, I never thought of being in a sorority until I met some of the sisters and learned what the organization was about. If you’re considering WOU take a campus tour, there are so many things to see and learn about on the beautiful campus grounds.

What was your most visited spot on campus? 
I definitely spent the most time in the Warner University Center (WUC) partially because that was where I worked but also because I loved the atmosphere. There’s always people around and often student organizations tabling to share information about their events or sell treats and flowers to raise money.

What is your favorite building on campus? 
My favorite building on campus is probably Smith Hall, I wish I had discovered it sooner. I’m not a music student and I have never taken a music class but I went into Smith Hall one day to put up a flyer for my club’s Easter Egg Hunt event. I walked through the building during regular class hours and there were a dozen students playing a dozen different instruments that just sang into the hallway as I walked by. I loved taking detours through there when I had the time to just listen for a couple minutes.

What will you miss the most about WOU?
I will miss the people the most. Since WOU is a small campus I have been able to connect with a large number of students, professors, and faculty who have made my experience far better than I had ever imagined. It is time for me to move on to the next step in my life but I will always appreciate and remember the people I was able to meet on my beautiful college campus.

Did you have any funny mishaps or moments of confusion when you first started at WOU?
During my very first term on campus I was taking a literature class in the Academic Programs and Support Center (APSC) building. I had thought that it would be a good idea to map out where my classes were the week before they started. I was walking from one building to the next finding one classroom after the other until I got to the APSC building, my class was in room 302. I walked in through the front door of the building to find myself on the fourth floor of the building, so I walked over to the stairs and went down one flight. I was then looking at room numbers that were all for the second floor of the building. After walking up and down the stairs, back and forth across the second and fourth floors for about 20 minutes I finally asked for help. I was directed to a tiny set of stairs in the back corner of the building that lead to room 301 and said “Writing Center” outside the doorway. I was extremely confused and frustrated, so I walked around for a few more minutes until I finally walked into the Writing Center and discovered that my classroom, room 302 was at the back of the office. Thank goodness I didn’t try to figure that out during the 10 minutes between classes on day one, there’s no way I would have been on time.

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