Megan Wessells, Class of 2016, Mathematics/Education
If you"ve seen a snowy-faced service dog on campus, chances are you've crossed paths with senior Megan Wessels and her dog, Bailey. Originally from Shelby Township, Michigan, Megan is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.
While she originally chose to attend LEC because of the College's programs in equine studies and biology, Megan, like many students, ultimately decided to switch majors. "After some soul searching my first semester, I quickly realized how much I disliked biology," she said. "You can't make it through a pre-med degree and some form of graduate or medical school with this perspective, so I came to terms with myself and decided to pursue teaching, which is something I've always wanted to do."
Outside of the classroom, Megan serves as the president of the College's branch of Mortar Board, a senior national honor society. She is also the vice president of the Student Veterans of America and the education vice president of Gamma Phi Beta, the sorority on campus.
"I absolutely love LEC's small campus and class sizes since they make for such a personalized teaching environment,” said Megan. "Because of this atmosphere, I am able to interact with my professors easily and personably. The faculty and staff, as a whole, strive to get to know the students and genuinely want them to succeed!"
After four years on campus, Megan's favorite story to share is the tale of Tiberius, Lake Erie's trusty canine companion. "Maybe it's because Bailey is mistaken for him often, but I just love how it speaks to our culture of tradition," she said.
In the next five years, Megan hopes to find her "forever job" and be teaching in a district and community where she feels at home, ideally on the East Coast.
To those students still considering attending Lake Erie College, Megan stresses the ability to get involved. "One of the many perks of a small school is the diverse number of clubs and organizations we offer," she said. "I can pretty much guarantee there will be one that appeals to you where you will find like-minded peers!"