A 2002 alumna of Rhodes, Megan Andrews Starling returned to Memphis by way of Atlanta and Thailand. After graduation, Starling earned a Master of Science in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University. “This degree was perfect for me in the way that it coupled my interests in psychology and law but also focused on personal empowerment and relationship preservation. It’s also a great conversation starter. People love to ask me what conflict management is about!” Equipped with the ability to “manage conflict,” Starling moved to Bangkok, Thailand for 7 months to teach English to Thai children. She loved Thailand, traveling to surrounding areas, weekend beach trips, and eating Thai food so much that she had a hard time returning home. Ask her about riding the canal boat to and from work every day and winning the King’s race!
Starling is thrilled to be back at Rhodes after several years away. As a Rhodes student, Starling studied psychology and was very involved in student organizations and student life but feels that her Rhodes experience was especially shaped by membership on the Field Hockey team and as a Burch Service Scholar. “Those groups were like families to me, and the relationships and experiences I had with them are still some of my most treasured. Rhodes is truly a place that fosters lifelong connections,” she says. Such connections were greatly responsible for Starling’s return to Rhodes. “I can’t imagine a better job than to help students navigate their way to a place that has done so much for me. It’s just a small way to give back.”
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin, and traveling, running, spoiling their dog, and eating desserts. Starling remembers of her college days, “I used to love running with my dog along the river and am excited that now I get to wear her out instead of vice versa!” She is also looking forward to continuing the budding tradition of running the St. Jude Half Marathon with college friends. Of course, enjoying Memphis takes up a lot of Starling’s extra time. You can find her trying out new restaurants, team trivia spots, service opportunities, and…any place with great dessert!
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