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Megan Poole Fashion Merchandising
Holly Springs, North Carolina

The Wildlife Biologist
The Triathlete
Fashion and faith are the pillars of Megan Poole’s life, and she’s forged a unique style—and a social media presence—by combining the two. Megan has found that it pays to take risks, from unconventional style choices to transferring from a small college to a large university. The beauty of WVU’s campus sparks her creativity. And the business skills she’s learning in the Fashion Merchandising program are putting her on track for her dream job.


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Megan thinks of herself as Morgantown's own Carrie Bradshaw.

What is your career goal? I would love to be a buyer or creative director. When I'm 50, I will hopefully be living in the Pacific Northwest.

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time? I will typically read or hang in my hammock.

What's your quote to live by? “Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

Where is your favorite view in West Virginia? The view overlooking campus from Morgan Street at sunset.

Favorite Morgantown restaurant? Mountain State Brewing Company.

Favorite movie? “About Time”: I saw it for the first time in the Gluck Theatre.

Favorite song of all time? “Ceilings” by Local Natives.

Fictional character who is most like you? Carrie Bradshaw.

If you could only visit one more place on campus, where would you go? I would go to the Mountainlair Green because I love the view looking up toward Stalnaker.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would travel to Greece.

If you were to title your own autobiography, what would it be?“Megan Poole: Jesus Loving-Shopaholic.”

What couldn’t you live without? Guacamole.

Most valuable skill you have? Either public speaking or thrifting, it’s a toss-up.

What about any hidden talents?​ Some might not call this a talent, but I am pretty witty when it comes to corny jokes.


Why did you choose to come to WVU? I came to visit with a friend for fun with no intentions of being able to attend, but I fell in love with the campus and applied immediately.

Why is WVU special to you?

Since I am from North Carolina moving to Morgantown was a big transition for me, and the community I’ve formed here feels like family.

What's the favorite class you've taken at WVU? My favorite class has been my film photography class, so much so that I decided to minor in photography. It has taught me the value of film and why pictures are so important.

Who was your favorite professor? Professor Joseph Morton — his happiness and passion to teach are infectious.

What’s the most challenging course you took?Genetics, because it is not something I knew much about going into and initially I really struggled with it. Because it was so hard I learned the most from it.

What class did you learn the most from? In regard to my major I feel like I have learned the most applicable knowledge in my Textiles class.

What's your most memorable moment at WVU?Last year I did the “Stand for Freedom” for International Justice Mission and stood outside the Mountainlair all night to tell people about slavery; it was really challenging but also enjoyable.

What is WVU's hidden gem nobody knows about? It wouldn’t be a hidden gem if I told you.

What advice would you give to a student thinking of coming to WVU?Get to know your professors; they truly care for you.

When I'm on campus (on a sunny day), you can most likely find me onEvansdale campus hanging in my hammock.

When you come to visit campus, you must visit the reading room in the Downtown Library.

Where do you do your best studying? My room, specifically my bed — I find it to be the least stressful.

What advice would you give for surviving finals? Give yourself breaks when studying. Otherwise you’ll lose your mind.

What's your proudest accomplishment while at WVU? I transferred from a small community college, and I had no idea what it would be like to live so far from home and attend a huge university. I was able to get really involved and maintain a 4.0 GPA.

Best thing about college life?

The freedom and time you have to figure out who you are, not who you’re supposed to be.

How has WVU changed you? In my time here I have changed so much — I learned what it looks like to chase my faith, work hard for what my heart is passionate about and the independence that college affords.

What do you look forward to most as an alum? I take pride in saying I am a Mountaineer, so I am excited to encourage others to attend WVU and reflect on my experiences here. And to visit, definitely.

Has WVU had an impact on your passion? I have loved being able to finally study fashion and learn all that goes into it along with other students who are passionate about the same thing.

If you could do one thing differently in your time at WVU, what would it be? I would definitely go back and do Adventure WV prior to my freshman year.

What will you miss most about WVU? I have so much love for this school it would be hard to pick just one thing.

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