Megan Sly, a senior in environmental science from Springfield, Missouri, was originally a vocal performance major at a different university, but decided she wanted to pursue a career in science instead.
“I hope to one day work in environmental policy and be a positive voice for change,” says Sly. “Environmental science as a discipline is so interesting because it overlaps like seven different degrees here at S&T. And the major didn’t even exist until recently, so I am very excited to be one of its first graduates.”
But she never fully let go of performing for an audience. She uses her opera training as a part of the Miner Theatre Guild to put on plays and is especially fond of musicals.
Besides performing on stage, she faces several other audiences throughout the day. Sly is member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Eco Miners. Since she is a member of several S&T organizations, it makes sense that she also serves as a peer involvement advisor. Peer involvement advisors assist students who are interested in getting involved on campus, but don’t know how to start sifting through over 200 student organizations.
“I always tell new students to look at all your options and make sure you know what is important to you,” Sly says. “Don’t be intimidated to get out there – you can find your niche and be involved on campus, from special classes to student design teams.”