"I went to a high school small enough that you could make it all the way through the building in four minutes," said Bethany College sophomore Megan Lindley. When choosing a college, she knew she wanted somewhere small, too, where she could make connections just like she did in high school. Her brother, who was a senior at Bethany during her freshman year, made the transition into college even easier.
Although she's followed in her brother's footsteps, that doesn't mean she hasn't created a path of her own.
|Megan Lindley of Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, looks back on joining a sorority as the best choice she's made so far in her college career.|
Her list of involvement at Bethany is huge, from Freshman Class Council President to Kalon Scholar to cheerleader. She's also a member of the sorority Zeta Tau Alpha.
She credits her sorority for the best memory she's made at Bethany so far.
"Bid Night, which is the night you finally learn what house you'll be a part of, was so extraordinarily fun and more than I could have anticipated.
"All of the nervous energy I had felt over the entire week of rush was alleviated the moment I was handed my bid, because I knew that was where I belonged."
She's now Zeta Tau Alpha's Fraternity Education Chairman, which you can add to the list of her other accomplishments and involvement at Bethany:
She's a member of the Stampede Marching Band, Student Activities Council, and Outdoors Club. She was cast as Celia in Pilgrims, and Diana Colvin in Seven Deadly Sins: Cement Hands. She worked as Assistant Director of Seven Deadly Sins. She's part of the Student Alumni Association, is an Associate in the office of the President, and a student worker in the College's Communications Office.
Throughout all of the meetings and events the past year, she's truly discovered what Bethany is about. "We are more than just a school. We really are a close-knit family," she said.
What’s one thing you hope to accomplish during your time here?
I hope that I will make a lasting impact on the school. When people think of me, I hope they think of me as hardworking and kind.
What is the most difficult thing about college, and how do you overcome that challenge?
As cliché as it may seem, time management truly is the most difficult. It took me a few weeks to get used to all the hustle and bustle that comes with living with your peers. I’m someone who is used to every moment being planned out, but college isn’t like that. You have to learn how to juggle going to Taco Bell at 2 a.m. while still having two pages of a paper to write. You want to be involved in everything, but your parents are no longer there to tell you to get your work done; you’ve just got to do it.
What are your plans after graduation?
I hope to one day be a professor of the arts here at Bethany!
Any advice for incoming students?
When the activities fair is happening next fall, go to it and sign up for anything you’re even moderately considering. The best way to acclimate and meet people is to join groups -- and a lot of them!