My name is Megan VanGorder and I'm from the very mountainous and wonderful central Pennsylvania. My hometown is Lock Haven, just a short 30 minute drive from Penn State University... WE ARE!! I lived there for as long as I can remember, from a small and curious two-year-old to an eager-for-college eighteen-year-old. Lock Haven is a small town, known for their high school wrestling success, with not much to do besides wait for summer to float down the Susquehanna River and attend the weekly river concerts on your boat. Consequently, I don't think many people would appreciate my home-town very much unless they lived there themselves.
I am the youngest of three children that my parents were blessed with. We are all completely different with one major thing in common: unconditional love for one another. My brother is the lead texture artist at EA games headquarters in northern California. My sister is currently attending graduate school for history at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, I am here at Radford University pursuing an education based off my love for helping young children. My parents both still live in my hometown, holding down the fort for the chaotic two weeks that all three of their children come home for the holidays to eat their food and bicker non-stop.
My freshman year of college was spent at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a decision that was made because my two best friends were going there as well. Needless to say, your choice of college should not be determined based off where your friends want to go - it rarely ends well. I was introduced to Radford through my boyfriend, who plays baseball here. I ended up falling in love with the University and atmosphere after my first visit and transferred schools the beginning of my sophomore year. Throughout my entire college career my major has been early childhood education/early childhood special education, which is what I will be obtaining my Bachelor's degree in this upcoming May. I will be attending Graduate school during the 2017-2018 academic year to receive my Master's degree and license to teach in the same area. I am pursuing this degree because I've always loved working with children, particularly ages birth-three. It fascinates me to watch them grow and learn at such a rapid pace.
After I am finished with school, I hope to become a developmental specialist in the field of early intervention or a child life specialist at a large children's hospital. Although I will have my teaching license, I do not necessarily want to become a teacher - at least not at this point in my life. All I know for sure is that I love working with young children, especially those with disabilities or other medical conditions. I have a passion for making a difference in their lives and being a reliable adult that they can look up to and admire.
While I am sure there are plenty of things that bother me, I cannot seem to think of them all on the spot. With that said, I absolutely cannot stand the sound of people chewing loudly - to the point where it actually makes me angry at times. Among that list are also rude people, car rides without music, commercials on TV, and being either too hot or too cold.