Megan Davis is a 2012 Castleton graduate. She majored in communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in writing. Davis was the managing editor for the Spartan for her senior year. She was also an SOS leader for three years. The 23 years old and living in New Jersey, engaged, and happy.
Q: Right out of college, you got a job. Where? And how was it?
A: I got a job as a reporter in Darien, Conn. I had to move away from home and to be honest it was actually really lonely. I didn’t know many people in the town I moved to, and, some days, pulling 15 hours for the weekly paper didn’t exactly leave much time for making friends. Working for the paper was exhausting, but so much fun. I was lonely, but I worked hard and had a lot of fun reporting. I wouldn’t change what I did for anything, and there are often days when I miss it a lot and wish I could go back. I had a lot of laughs and made a lot of really good memories with my editors and co-workers. It was a very good five months.
Q: Why are you no longer there?
A: Finances. It was a tough pill to swallow. I knew reporters were never high up there on the pay scale, but when my student loan payments came due in January, I quickly realized my salary at the paper wasn’t going to cover rent, food, gas, bills, and my student loans, so I had to leave. I was sad to go and they were sad to see me leave, but I still keep in touch with my editor.
Q: Did you meet your fiancÃ© at Castleton? How long were you two dating before he popped the question?
A: I did indeed meet Nick at Castleton! I met him my sophomore year when we both lived in Ellis. We knew each other for about four months before finally getting together, and we were dating for exactly three years before he asked me to marry him. He actually asked me to marry him ON our three-year anniversary in front of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. It was incredible and I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal or a better fiancÃ©!
Q: Any big wedding plans yet? Did you set a date yet?
A: We’re getting married June 13, 2014. Friday the 13th. We were looking at dates in June of next year and when we saw the 13th was a Friday we absolutely had to have it. We’re getting married in Ocean City, Maryland on the beach and it’s going to be the best thing ever.
Q: You’re on YouTube now, what made you decide to start a channel? Do you have many viewers/subscribers?
A: After watching a bunch of my favorite YouTubers for a while, I decided, “hey, that looks like they’re having a ton of fun” so I just kind of started making videos. As far as views and subscribers go I don’t have many. My first video got almost 200 views, I think, but the rest of them have stayed at like 60-ish views each. It’s not bad, though.
Q: Do you still write?
A: Not for a newspaper, but I do spend my free time writing. It’s creative writing, mostly. I tried to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, but I got to about 2,000 words and then stopped. I would love to write a young adult novel someday, I’ve just got to get it all down on paper. I miss writing for a newspaper, I really do, but creative writing is just as fun sometimes.
Q: What do you miss the most about Castleton?
A: I miss my dorm room, I miss classes, I miss not having to pay bills, I miss the newsroom, I miss the weekly Wednesday meetings and thinking up story ideas. I miss the camaraderie of the people who wrote for the paper and the students at Castleton in general. I miss Dave and The Spartan staff and the New York trip and the sense of community and belonging I had there.
Q: What are you doing now?
A: Right now I am working as a Game Advisor for GameStop. I actually like it a lot more than I was expecting. I work with a lot of really nice people, and I’ve yet to come across any customers who are particularly miserable or anything like that, so I count myself lucky. It’s definitely not what I pictured my life like when I was getting ready to graduate in 2012, but I’m not upset with where I am.