Student Spotlight: Megan Spence
I am a senior graduating with a dual degree in Finance and Information Systems and additionally with Honors from the Honors College. Upon graduation, I am assuming a full-time position working for the Department of Defense in contracting. Looking back on my time at Salisbury University, my involvement in various campus organizations and particularly the volunteer work I did within those groups has truly enriched my college experience.
One of my favorite quotes is by Mahatma Gandhi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I have always had a passion for volunteering and service. I think it is important to give back to something larger than yourself, whatever that cause may be, and I genuinely enjoy doing so. During my freshman and sophomore years, I was the leader of a local Girl Scout troop in Salisbury, which was fitting since I was a Girl Scout myself for 12 years. I planned enriching activities and exciting lessons for the girls. It was a great experience and turned out to be more impactful than I imagined.
As a member of Student United Way for the past several years, I have had the opportunity to participate in many notable volunteer events. One memorable event was when several of us read to local elementary school children this past fall during Governor Hogan’s “Day to Serve” initiative. Another event that sticks out is when we volunteered at God’s Kitchen serving meals to underprivileged individuals of the local community. God’s Kitchen is housed at Salisbury Urban Ministries; however, a different local organization provides the meal each week. Ironically, the week that we volunteered, Perdue Farms was in charge of serving the meal. It was neat to be serving alongside Jim Perdue, and the experience as a whole was very humbling.
I have been involved in the Student Government Association during my entire college career. For three years I held the position of senator and currently I am on the Executive Board as treasurer. Twice a year, the SGA organizes a community clean up event that student organizations participate in called I Love Salisbury and the Big Event. These events are great ways for SU students to interact with their neighbors positively and to give back to the local community in which they reside. Helping organize these events, I have seen the true impact it has on local residents. They are all very grateful and some even take part in the efforts alongside the students.
Finally, this is my second year as president of the Perdue School’s Phi Beta Lambda club. When I became president, I had two main goals: to increase general participation in the organization and to incorporate my passion for volunteerism into the mission of the club. Now, giving back to the community is a large part of what we do each semester. One of my favorite events the club has participated in the past two years is the Salisbury Jaycee’s Christmas Shopping Tour. This is where students take underprivileged children shopping at Walmart with funds provided by the Jaycees. This event always proves to be very impactful as these children would otherwise get very little for Christmas and the children are very grateful for what they receive. Last spring, Phi Beta Lambda participated in the service project, Yuda Bands. Yuda Bands is a fair trade organization in which bands are made by individuals in Guatemala and then sold. The proceeds from the sales of the bands are put toward the education of a student in an underdeveloped country who has to pay for their education past the sixth grade. We chose to raise funds for Lynda, a child in Zimbabwe, and raised nearly $1,000 to go toward her education by selling 200 bands on campus and in the community at 3rd Friday downtown.
Through my time at Salisbury University, I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to give back to my greater community and am eager to continue to do so in the future. I encourage students to get involved in various organizations on campus. The opportunities that result can be truly worthwhile as they have been for me.