Alumna parlays study abroad into a career in Germany

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 in Alumni News and News

img_news_homecoming_meggan_holtWhen Meggan Holt, f’02, was a senior in high school, she had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Germany. Fast forward to 2001: An opportunity to study abroad arose during her fifth year at KU; three months later, she was on a plane to Frankfurt.

Meggan says she never planned to stay in Germany. “On the contrary, I had interviewed for a graphic design position at Hallmark in Kansas City. They said, ‘Give us a call when you get back from Germany.'” That day never came. “Since I had no obligations in the states, I decided to stay in Germany as long as it was possible. Twelve years later, I’m still here!” she explains.

Although she teaches English to business professionals, Meggan is still involved in music and design. She joined the Symphonic Choir of Hamburg in 2010 and has also designed the concert promotional materials since 2012.

What made you decide to attend KU?
I decided to attend KU for many reasons, including the reputation of the design and music departments, and I wanted to be involved in activities outside of my program of study. Since I have such a variety of interests, I wanted to be at a university that would allow me to study design, be involved in the different bands, continue improving my German, as well as other extracurricular programs.

What is your favorite KU tradition or KU memory?
Waving the wheat, although, to be honest, I think I was always in the band playing during those times! When I catch a game online now, though, one can see me waving the wheat with the best of them!

What groups or activities were you involved with while at KU?
I was involved in many activities while I was at KU, including marching, concert and women’s basketball bands, Tau Beta Sigma (honorary band sorority) Campus Christians, and AIGA.

What’s your favorite thing about Lawrence?
The sense of community. I felt there was definitely a relationship between the city and the university; something that is not present in all college towns. And who couldn’t love Mass Street?!

img_news_homecoming_band_meggan_holtWhat do you love most about KU Homecoming?
ALUMNI BAND! Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to participate once. But I will be attending Homecoming again this year! I planned my visit to the states around it. I knew that I would have fun being part of Alumni Band and seeing old friends again. However, I had no idea just how much fun it would be! The best part about it is how the alumni and current band members are integrated.

What advice would you give to incoming students?
Find a way to study abroad for a semester or year. Yes, I am definitely an exception to the rule because I stayed abroad! But I hope this will encourage students to not give up on dreams that seem impossible. I didn’t think I would be able to come back to Germany, other than possibly for vacation, let alone live here. What an amazing adventure!

Jayhawks Around the World, 2013 KU Homecoming | www.kualumni.orgThis year’s Homecoming theme, Jayhawks Around the World, celebrates the University’s global reach in terms of international students and faculty, research discoveries that change the world and the achievements of KU alumni, who live in 150 countries around the globe. Visit www.kualumni.org/homecoming for a schedule of events and to learn more about KU’s Homecoming tradition.

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