Megan Knapp, '12


Megan Knapp graduated from Northwestern University in 2012 with a degree in English and American Literature. Since then, she's moved on to a career in public relations in New York City, but she'll be joining up with fellow Wildcats this weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado, for the 14th annual Young Alumni Ski and Snowboard Trip. Megan will be posting updates from the trip on the Northwestern Alumni Instagram page. Here, Megan updates us on life since graduation.


What have you been up to since you graduated Northwestern?

I have been living in NYC doing public relations for Verdura, a luxury jewelry company. I love my work—I get to meet really interesting people and share with them the storied histories of incredible works of art. I also am a member of the Cecilia Chorus of New York that performs twice a year at Carnegie Hall.


How did Northwestern help you with your current career?

During my four years at Northwestern, I was challenged both in academics and extracurriculars, and had the opportunity to learn from professors that were top of their field. Now that I'm an alum, I understand the value of my degree more every day. Participating in networking events and reunions, I realize that I get to be a part of a community of intelligent people, achievers who continue to support and push me to be a better and more accomplished person.


What are some of your favorite memories from being on campus?

Some of my favorite memories are from my time on the NU Cheerleading Squad. There is nothing quite like the sense of community you experience meeting fellow ‘Cats before the game, the adrenaline rush that you get from running onto the field to a stadium full of cheering fans, or the pride you feel for your school at the end of a hard fought game, win or lose.


How connected are you to Northwestern today, and why is that important?

Northwestern continues to touch many aspects of my life today—my boyfriend, my closest friends, and my mentors are all ‘Cats. My life wouldn’t have taken the shape it did had it not been for my time at Northwestern. My alma mater has given so much to me that it’s important for me to give something back. That’s why I volunteer for my local AAC chapter; I love sharing my experience with prospective students and giving my time to help shape Northwestern’s future.


What do you love about the young alumni ski trip?

I love reuniting with fellow ‘Cats—not only with my closest friends who now live in all parts of the world but also with classmates I haven’t had the chance to catch up with since graduation. I haven’t missed a ski trip since graduation, and I’m hoping my cut off for “young alum” isn’t any time soon!


What’s one thing you want to tell Northwestern seniors?

Take advantage of every moment. I would give so much to be able to go back to college for one day, even just to attend one lecture! And know that you don’t have to have it all figured out right after graduation. Think about the job you really want and not the one you are supposed to get, and allow yourself the opportunity to explore your dreams.