The Marietta Effect
Megan McGrath '10
Majors: Middle Childhood Education
Certificate: Leadership and Teachers as Leaders
Additional Education: Master’s Degree in Reading Specialist, California University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Clubs/Organizations: Chi Omega Sorority, Kappa Delta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Panhellenic Executive Board, and Order of Omega
Current Occupation: Sixth-grade teacher for the North Allegheny School District
Favorite Professor: Dr. Connie Golden
When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?
I knew Marietta was the right school for me on my first visit to the college. I had been traveling around western Pennsylvania and Ohio checking out small colleges and their education programs. I had never heard of Marietta before I received their brochure in the mail. As soon as I stepped on campus I knew I wanted to be there for the next four years. The campus was exactly like the pictures looked — which I could say from other college brochures was something Marietta could be proud of. All the students around campus seemed happy to be there and my tour guide couldn’t say enough good things about the school. Everything and everyone were so welcoming.
Favorite Marietta moment?
My favorite Marietta moment(s) would have to be sorority bid day every year. Each year brought with it a different meaning for me. During my freshman year I was running out of Andrews Hall to join my new sisters and be welcomed into such a fantastic organization. My sophomore and junior years brought new sisters to me that each would become such great friends. And my senior year represented the end of a successful recruitment process that I had run on campus as VP of Panhellenic Council.
Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.
My time at Marietta was nonstop activity. Balancing my education with the activities I wanted to participate in took most of my time, but I still had plenty of free time to hang out with my friends. Even though I did not participate in athletics it was still a part of my time at Marietta. We would attend football, basketball, and baseball games to support our Pioneers and enjoy the events that they held.
What impact did Marietta College have on your career?
Being an alumna of Marietta College was definitely beneficial to my career. Through Marietta’s Career Center I was given experience in interviewing and received assistance on my resumes. I was hired immediately out of college by Wellston City Schools in Jackson County, Ohio. They loved the experiences I had from college and considered me an experienced teacher even though it was my first year as a professional. This past year I began job searching in the Pittsburgh area. I have to say that even three years after graduating from college, I was using things I learned from Marietta in my interviews and interview lessons. I was hired at North Allegheny School District in Pittsburgh this year, which is one of the top school districts in the state.
What does it mean to be a Pioneer?
To me, being a Pioneer means being a leader who uses his/her experiences to pursue new adventures.