WSP Texas A&M 2020 Cohort Spotlight: Megan Byrd and Daniel Porter

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

Megan Byrd, U.S. Marine Corps veteran

Megan Byrd
Megan Byrd

What was your educational experience prior to WSP? Would you consider yourself a confident student?

The highest educational experience I have had was high school, and while in high school I took some advanced placement and dual enrollment classes, but it has been five years since I graduated. Besides going to Air Traffic Control school in Pensacola for the military, I have not had any other educational class experiences (unless you count Math for Marines). I feel I was a very confident student in high school and somewhat throughout the military when studying and taking tests. I was nervous at the idea of going back to school and getting back into the classroom but now, having gone through WSP, I feel I am a lot more prepared and confident to enter the classroom again and want to strive to attain the best in all my classes!

Had you participated in any sort of virtual learning before? If so, how does your WSP experience compare to that?

I had never experienced any virtual learning and was somewhat hesitant to apply to WSP because of it, but WSP did a wonderful job of thinking of every avenue and tool to make the process and program so much easier for the students. They sent all the materials in advance and worked with Google, Zoom, and several other websites to make the exchange of documents and feedback so much easier. It has greatly improved my outlook toward virtual learning.

Why were you excited to participate in WSP this summer?

I was excited to participate because I heard it was a college prep course for active duty/veterans and I was excited to take the first step of transitioning into college. I was also excited to be able to go through a course with many other individuals with the same background and to also build a community of individuals who have the same drive and determination with similar educational goals!

What have you learned so far that you think will be helpful as you pursue your degree?

I have learned the benefits of having study groups and individuals you can go to with questions if you are struggling, and I have so learned to be unafraid to ask for help, clarification, and to have educational discussions with the professors. Another thing I have learned is that if you are struggling with something, there is probably someone else struggling with the same thing, and you gain greater understanding when you help each in the classes and lectures you're in.

What were you looking forward to learning during STEM week?

The thing I was greatly anticipating in STEM week was the research projects and learning about bacterial flagellar motors! I am greatly enthusiastic about biological science and learning about the bacterial flagellar motors was so interesting! The research topics were really interesting also. The research projects got you out of your comfort zone and helped you learn something completely different that many of the participants had never experienced or worked with. We had the chance to utilize Python and also use some of the equations from the physics classes we were receiving in the evening.