Student Profile: Maegan

Photograph of Maegan with some penguinsMajor: Animal Ecology
Focus Area: Wildlife

Animal Lover
NREM is the right place for Maegan, a self-proclaimed animal lover.

“I’m an animal lover all-around, big and small, penguins and giraffes to rats. I want to work at a zoo or an animal sanctuary, so Animal Ecology was the right major for me.”

Animals around the World
As an NREM student Maegan has studied abroad in many countries during her time at Iowa State and has had the opportunity to see wildlife up close.

“On our way to Antarctica I sat on the ship deck and watched humpback whales swimming near our ship. I was watching a particular whale’s fin above the water when suddenly it jumped out of the water. I actually saw the white belly of the whale in the air!”

Maegan has been scuba diving in Australia, and she watched a pride of lionesses hunting wildebeest in Tanzania, but perhaps her favorite wildlife experience was in Antarctica.

“I get off the ship and I’m surrounded by thousands of penguins! As part of our research we sat and observed the penguins’ nesting strategies. The male penguins are very competitive in building the best ‘throne’ for their mates. They picked up every pebble in sight, even stealing pebbles from other nests!”

Future Adventures
While Maegan’s travels have been extensive she does not plan to end her adventure. She is currently planning a trip to Europe and one day Maegan hopes to visit Egypt. She also plans to one day take her family to the places she visited with Iowa State, but for now Maegan knows her global experiences will help her to find a great job and to be very successful in that position.

“Not only did the college credits from my study abroad experience apply toward my degree, but employers will see that I have global experience. Regardless of what career you choose, you are going to work with a variety of different people. My experiences abroad have exposed me to different cultures and taught me to adapt easily.”

Animal Lover
NREM is the right place for Maegan, a self-proclaimed animal lover.

“I’m an animal lover all-around, big and small, penguins and giraffes to rats. I want to work at a zoo or an animal sanctuary, so Animal Ecology was the right major for me.”

Animals around the World
As an NREM student Maegan has studied abroad in many countries during her time at Iowa State and has had the opportunity to see wildlife up close.

“On our way to Antarctica I sat on the ship deck and watched humpback whales swimming near our ship. I was watching a particular whale’s fin above the water when suddenly it jumped out of the water. I actually saw the white belly of the whale in the air!”

Maegan has been scuba diving in Australia, and she watched a pride of lionesses hunting wildebeest in Tanzania, but perhaps her favorite wildlife experience was in Antarctica.

“I get off the ship and I’m surrounded by thousands of penguins! As part of our research we sat and observed the penguins’ nesting strategies. The male penguins are very competitive in building the best ‘throne’ for their mates. They picked up every pebble in sight, even stealing pebbles from other nests!”

Future Adventures
While Maegan’s travels have been extensive she does not plan to end her adventure. She is currently planning a trip to Europe and one day Maegan hopes to visit Egypt. She also plans to one day take her family to the places she visited with Iowa State, but for now Maegan knows her global experiences will help her to find a great job and to be very successful in that position.

“Not only did the college credits from my study abroad experience apply toward my degree, but employers will see that I have global experience. Regardless of what career you choose, you are going to work with a variety of different people. My experiences abroad have exposed me to different cultures and taught me to adapt easily.”