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Alumni Spotlight January 2016

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Megan McBay

Megan McBay '13

BS - Athletic Training
Seidel  School

MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY: Athletic Training  

CURRENT EMPLOYER: Glenelg Country School, Ellicott City, MD

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Athletic Trainer

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER PATH:
While finishing my undergraduate studies at SU, I was able to complete a semester-long internship with Texas A&M athletics; working with track & field, swimming and spring football as an Athletic Training Student Intern. This experience as well as my experiences at Salisbury helped me get into graduate school at the University of Alabama. I spent my first year of grad school working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Alabama Swimming & Diving team. I moved to Baltimore, MD the following summer to continue to work towards my degree, and spent a year and a half working for the University of Maryland Medical System as an outreach Athletic Trainer at Centennial High School in Howard County. In July 2014 I was invited to be the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Wales Men's Lacrosse Team and provide medical care for the World Games in Denver, CO. I am currently employed as the Athletic Trainer at Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City, MD, and am set to join the Wales Medical Staff once more for the European games to be held this summer in Budapest, Hungary. I will be working alongside a former Salisbury University Athletic Trainer and Clinical Instructor, Meghan McKay, MEd, LAT, ATC. Meghan has been a great mentor and friend in my years at SU and beyond- she is the reason I was offered the Wales Lax position! I am always looking for new opportunities as an AT, and I love volunteering during my off-seasons and working with all sorts of teams and athletes. Athletic Training has opened so many doors, and I can't wait to see where my career takes me!        

MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED WHILE ATTENDING SALISBURY UNIVERSITY:
The most important lesson I learned while attending Salisbury University was to allow myself room to make mistakes and grow from them. I had the support of some very dedicated and passionate classroom and clinical instructors and they are the reason and inspiration for my professional achievements thus far. At SU I learned the value of hard work and perseverance, as well as the value of working in a service-driven profession. 

WHAT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH?
Salisbury University Athletic Training Club - Vice President 2012-2013 

BEST COLLEGE MEMORY:
My clinical assignments with the SU Football Team, Fall 2011 and Women's Lacrosse team, Spring 2012. These were two phenomenal groups of athletes as well as two very different but equally phenomenal learning and growing experiences. I had known before that I wanted to be an Athletic Trainer, but this particular year was when it was all solidified. This is when and where I developed my passion for this profession. I will never forget my clinical instructors, fellow students and athletes that I worked with throughout my undergraduate career, but in particular the people I worked with during those two seasons hold a very special place for me.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY?
Salisbury's Athletic Training Education Program, as well as the affordable tuition, and proximity to my parents in Walkersville, MD- close but not TOO close!

IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Family, home (away from home), happiness. My "SUAT" family, as well as the family that I found while employed at Tidewater Physical Therapy in Ocean Pines, and the family that I had to come home to every day are what helped get me through the good times, stressful times and crazy times at SU. Salisbury was my "home away from home"- mostly because of the family I mentioned above, but also because I lived there for 4 years! Happiness, while I can admit was not a constant feeling that I had, is still the predominant emotion I experience when I reminisce on my time at SU. I made lifelong friends, learned lifelong lessons and made some great memories there.  

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY?
A toss-up between Cape Hatteras, NC and Houston, TX. Cape Hatteras is where we took many memorable family vacations when I was younger, and Houston is where I was born and is also where many of my close family members still live.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:
Graduating from Salisbury University with my Bachelor's Degree. I worked toward this goal for a long time and had the help and support of some amazing people along the way- family, friends and loved-ones alike!

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Before I discovered my affinity towards and interest in the allied health field, I had seriously considered becoming a cosmetologist- it's a good thing I sought other endeavors, or else there would be some wild-looking hairstyles roaming around Frederick County right now!

HOBBIES/OTHER INTERESTS:
I enjoy running, hiking and spending time with my family, and taking road trips with my dog, Finn.

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