Get the Champagne

Friday, March 7th, 2014 19
Posted in: Film, Polaroid, Self-Care, SOOC

I went to undergrad with the intention of getting a biology degree and going on to medical school. I did earn a biology degree, but realized very late in the game that medical school wasn’t the best fit for me. I worked full-time in D.C. for a few years after graduating, trying to find my way, (re-)discover my career path. About two years later, I knew I had to go back to school. I realized that psychology was where my interest lie, and that I wanted to go to graduate school. Unfortunately, I had ZERO undergraduate credits in psychology.

So, I went back to undergrad to earn a second degree in psychology and determine what type of psychology to pursue in graduate school. During these two additional years of undergrad, I discovered Counseling Psychology through a fabulous mentor. I was on fire about this field and the work that I could do. I realized that becoming a university professor where I could do research and teach was my ideal career. I then applied to doctoral programs and was accepted at my “dream school,” the University of Missouri-Columbia. I again worked with an amazing advisor who continues to be my mentor to this day. After five years of classes, a dissertation, and then a one-year full-time internship at the University of Oregon, I earned my Ph.D. With the faculty job market being super competitive, I then took a post-doctoral position for a year and half where I conducted more research and worked with clients, becoming a Licensed Psychologist (if you’re keeping count, we’re now at 9 1/2 years). Then, I landed “my dream job,” an academic position in the Counseling Psychology graduate training program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

I started my position in 2007, and not long after, I was diagnosed with cancer. Needless to say, this put a kink in my plans. I took care of myself, stepping back from work to do so, and was able to add time on the proverbial tenure-clock to get better. After a difficult year (and then some), I got back on my feet and got back down to business. And, six and half years later, it’s paid off.

Yesterday, I got the official news that I am promoted and tenured to Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Exp600_Champagne-Tofino_rsIt’s definitely time to get the champagne. This celebration has been 16 years in the making. WOOT!

Huge thanks to so many people who have helped me along the way in this journey. It’s an understatement to say I couldn’t have done it without you. xoxo

19 Responses

  1. Such exciting news, Meghan! It’s still amazing to me that I was on part of that journey with you years ago, and that our paths crossed again and the journey continued. Our shared graduate school, and mentor/advisor, will always hold a special place in my heart. So glad you captured this BIG MOMENT in your life in the blog.

    • Meghan says:

      Thank you so much, E! It is amazing that we crossed paths then and have developed a relationship born of that time. So grateful. xoxo

  2. yay!!!!! so happy for you. (and this photo makes me happy too.)

  3. Debra says:

    So over the moon for you, my friend. xoxo

  4. Darlene says:

    Awesome – so happy for you. Celebration time

  5. Mary Heppner says:

    OK…so I am sobbing at my desk…such a wonderfully well deserved accomplishment for your years of hard work. You are such a tribute to the field and are doing such amazing mentoring and teaching and research….as well as creative writing and photography! I feel so blessed to have you in my life and to have played some small part in your amazing journey!

    • Meghan says:

      Mary–Now I’m the one in tears. Your kind words mean so very much to me. You have been so instrumental in my journey, both professionally and personally. I am the one who is blessed. xoxo

  6. Emily says:

    Congrats, Meghan – that is beyond awesome! So happy for you. And so moved by the grace you’ve modeled along your journey. Serious kudos, chica! xo

  7. Melissa says:

    Such wonderful news, and so well deserved for your hard work and commitment! Hope there is much champagne flowing.

    • Meghan says:

      Thanks, M. And yes, the champagne will continue to flow for some time. Including in June in Manzanita! xo

  8. Kris says:

    Could you be any more amazing? Many many congratulations to you!! And cheers to the lucky students who get to work with you. Woohoos all around!

  9. Joan Davidson says:

    Loved your write-up Meghan! We are so proud of you! Your tenacity and perseverance to keep going no matter whatever is thrown in your way has been well worth it. You’ve accomplished so much – so congrats!! It’s important that you pursued what was meaningful and rewarding to you as many people don’t do this. So – congrats again and we’ll salute you tonight at dinner as we enjoy our bubbly (or wine for your brother as he doesn’t drink champagne).

  10. Veuve Clicquot Champagne is a great choice – a woman who overcame so much, and achieved so much. Well done, you’re good match.
    Kind Regards, Kaaren Palmer

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