My name is Megan Richards and I’m from California – I do not live next to a movie star, I am terrible at surfing, I am not a millionaire, and I have never aspired to be an actress.
I moved to Kansas in August of 2007 to work on my masters in museum studies. I’ll be honest, my time in Kansas hasn’t been easy – just like I don’t fit every stereotype about California, not everyone in the Midwest is wonderful and nice and unfortunately I’ve had to deal with some of the cruel and ignorant ones. The last 6 months have been especially tough, I never had to deal with death before this June. My grandpa died, then a few weeks later one of my friends, then the next week my gram. I wasn’t ready for any of it.
My best times in Kansas were hanging out with David. I met David in May of ’08 we had all sorts of amazing adventures until December when he moved to Oregon (another event I wasn’t ready for). We hiked and camped, visited lots of zoos and museums, watched the election, went to a rodeo and did lots of daily mundane stuff together. He even took me to see a baby tiger.
Before I came to Kansas I received my B.S. in entomology from the University of California, Davis. I’ve been volunteering at various institutions for the last 9 years, and while I love science I love teaching about it even more. I’m currently interning at the Topeka Zoo and working at the KU Natural History Museum in the Public Education department and Entomology Collection.
I’ll be graduating in May and I can’t wait for my next set of adventures.
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