A native of the midwest, Megan grew up in rural Minnesota in a small town. She spent summers camping, locally and cross-country, visiting family on the farm, and winters reading novels and drinking hot chocolate. With prompting from her favorite high school English teacher and mentor, she applied to college and ventured, with her mother's blessing, to the big city of Chicago to attend university. After changing majors and graduating (almost on time) she got her first full-time position as a VISTA Americorps volunteer, the domestic arm of the Peace Corps. After later gaining experience in the corporate world, Megan decided to return to school in order to pursue a master's degree, with the intent to teach Spanish at a city college in Chicago. The best part about plans is that you can change them! She finished her degree in a different field and stayed in California, and has been enjoying the west coast ever since. At home away from home in Los Angeles, and now with a second MA in history (to enhance her Latin American Studies base), she is currently teaching in the California community college system. She hopes to take sailing lessons at some point in the near future.