At age 15, Meghan Kirksey ’94 was a talented and successful student at a prestigious high school. She’d never heard of Simon’s Rock. But when a flyer came in the mail about the college, she and her parents decided to explore it. She visited the campus and then enrolled on a full scholarship.
Meghan’s time at Simon’s Rock changed her path and transformed her life.
“This was a paradigm shift that changed my life and my approach to academics.…the key that led me down the path from my interest in science to my passion for research and discovery.”
“I went to excellent schools while growing up, but Simon’s Rock is the first place that expected and encouraged me to think.” Meghan has a clear memory of sitting in a class early on when her professor turned to her and asked, “What do you think about…” This was shocking to her. “I don’t remember the rest of the question because what shook me was the expectation that I, a 16-year-old, was expected to have insights and ideas worthy of sharing with a professor and my class. He wasn’t asking for information; he was asking for my thoughts. I was no longer in class to simply learn. This was a paradigm shift that changed my life and my approach to academics. This was the key that led me down the path from my interest in science to my passion for research and discovery.”
Meghan returned to campus for the 2019 Annual Fund Scholars Retreat. She addressed the Simon’s Rock scholarship recipients: “Some of you will excel along traditional routes and some will tread paths never considered by those who came before you. I hope that Simon’s Rock will continue to empower you—the future alumni—who will continue to change the world in ways big and small. We’re proud to invest in you like others invested in us.”