CL Interview: Megan Brown from California State University Stanislaus
March 19, 2016 | by

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With more stamps on her passport than most receive in a lifetime, this graduate student is ready to take on the world. College Lifestyles™ got to know this joyous, intelligent and beautiful soul – now you can too!

College Lifestyles™: What is your major?

Megan Brown: I am currently working on a Master’s in applied behavior analysis.

CL: Why did you choose that major?

MB: I decided to pursue a graduate degree in ABA after getting hired to be a Behavior Technician where I conducted desecrate trail training with children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.

CL: What has been the biggest adventure you’ve had while in higher education?

MB: One of the biggest adventures I have had during my undergraduate studies was moving to San Sebastian, Spain. The biggest adventure I‘ve had in my graduate studies was moving to Warsaw, Poland for a semester. Poland was a place I never anticipated going, but I ended up falling completely in love with it.

CL: What was your favorite memory about Spain?

MB: One of my favorite memories about living in San Sebastian, Spain was getting to live with one of my best friends and getting to go the beach every day. It was my first time living away from home and I feel like I grew a lot as a person and learned so much about myself.

CL: How was that experience different from Poland?

MB: My experiences from Spain and Poland were so different, yet in so many ways they were the same. When I moved to Poland I did not know the people I was going to be living with, nor did I know the girls in my program that went with me. Not knowing any one challenged me to embrace the culture and build relationships with the locals.

CL: What is the most distinct difference between undergraduate schooling and graduate school?

MB: I think the biggest difference is that while in undergrad, I took classes that did not really spark my interest. But now in my graduate program, I am fully engulfed in classes that capture my attention and stretch me. My graduate program is a lot of work and you are expected to be even more independent than in undergrad, but I think that is the part that makes completing a graduate program so fulfilling; you are being stretched, but at the same time you are accomplishing something not many people commit to doing.

CL: What song best describes your work ethic?

MB: “Pony” by Ginuwine.

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CL: What is your favorite 90s jam?

MB: Anything from ‘N Sync.

 CL:Where do you see yourself post-graduation?

MB: After I graduate, I plan on becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and working with children who have been diagnosed with ASD. The dream is to move to the UK and work alongside other BCBAs and help them develop their intervention programs.

CL: You’ve recently moved into your first place. Any advice for students moving off campus with roommates?

MB: My advice when moving in with someone is to make sure you move in with someone you get along with, but you both can still do your own thing. I moved in with one of my best friends. We both have our careers and have opposite schedules, but we love when we get to hang out. It’s like always getting to have a sleepover all the time and your mom can never say no.

CL: Is there anyone specific who has played a key part in your success as a student and young professional?

MB: I would have to say my older brother Jeffery played a huge roll in my life successes. He was a prime example of what it looked like to never give up a dream, even if it takes longer than expected to get there. He was always my biggest fan and encouraged me to test my limits.

CL: Is there anything else you would like us to know about you or anything you’d like to say?

MB: If I could tell you one thing it would probably be to live life to the fullest. Be prepared for the punches life is going to throw at you, but always get back up and keep working towards your goals. Remember to laugh and never take anything too serious. Life is too short.

She came, she’s conquering and she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Keep it classy Megan Brown.

Images courtesy of Megan Brown.


About Author

Bryanna Peace is an undergraduate nutrition and dietetics student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She loves to cook, play soccer and listen to vinyl records of Billy Joel and Amy Winehouse. Follow her @peaceofpie on twitter and @_peaceofpie on instagram.

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