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Meghan Dunn '19

Health Science

Transfer from St. Louis

Growing in Spirit

Meghan Dunn, a rising junior, came to Spring Hill College from Saint Louis Community College in her home town in Missouri and her life as a transfer student is anything but behind-the-scenes. A health science major, Meghan is involved with International Service Immersion Program (ISIP), Badger Connection, National Society of Leadership and Success and also holds a job on campus.

While she self-proclaims to be obsessed with her dog, Molly, the loves of her life are one person and one thing: her grandmother and Irish dancing. “I Irish danced my entire life and it was something I wanted to try and do professionally,” said Meghan. “I decided to stay home [for my] freshman year of college to travel internationally for dance and to also be close to family – specifically my ailing grandmother.” Meghan danced her way around the U.S. and eventually to Ireland for a week. Due to a career-ending foot surgery, Meghan hung up her dancing shoes and made the decision to apply to Spring Hill College. “I was very hesitant to come at first because dance and my grandmother. In the end, it was my grandma who pushed me to go and who knew I would be able to really thrive at SHC.”

Her first weeks on campus were a challenge, due to the crutches Meghan was using post-surgery. She recalls being late for class once, struggling with bags, books and the insolent crutches. She was hot and frustrated – upset because being late was an embarrassment for her. Behind her, she heard, “Meghan, what are you doing?!” She said she turned to see a new friend, one she had just made the weekend before, offering his help to get her to class. They both arrived 20 minutes late, greeted by classmates and an instructor ready to help her for the rest of her recuperation time on those crutches. “I realized then that I was not just coming to college, I was coming into a community and a family – a theory that has yet to be proven wrong.”


“I became so much more involved in my community and faith. I realized why I want to be a physician assistant from my year here; Spring Hill showed me that I want to help the world in so many different ways.”


To Meghan, others come first. Service and faith define her. After coming to Spring Hill College, she says she realizes she has significantly grown even more in her faith. A best friend of Meghan’s told her after their ISIP trip to Belize, “You find a piece of yourself you never knew you needed.” After building a home for a blind man on that trip, Meghan says she couldn’t agree more. “I became so much more involved in my community and faith,” she said. “I realized why I want to be a physician assistant from my year here; Spring Hill showed me that I want to help the world in so many different ways. I have people at SHC to be my rock when I am falling down, and these are the same wonderful people who share the same values of wanting to make a difference in the world, too.”

Meghan is a Badger forever. “I have found not just one change, but an abundance of changes in myself.”

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