This weekend, Megan Stevens, an industrial and systems engineering major from Bradenton, Florida, will earn her family’s fifth Georgia Tech degree.
Stevens’ parents met at Georgia Tech in the late 1980s. Her dad, Scott, went on to receive both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering, and her mom, Karen, earned a B.S. in industrial engineering. Her sister Sarah carried on the tradition by graduating with a bachelor’s in industrial engineering last year.
But the degrees don’t stop there. Megan plans to graduate again next fall with a master’s in health systems, while both Sarah and Scott plan to walk together in the Spring 2021 Commencement ceremony after completing the Online Master of Science in Analytics degree program. This will put the Stevens family at eight total degrees awarded by Georgia Tech.
With so many family connections to Tech, Megan always considered it as an option when she was looking at colleges. And though she wasn’t always convinced she was going to go to school in Atlanta, when she got here, she immediately felt at home.
“I felt like I had a little more of a connection because I grew up with it,” she said.
Megan spent much of her time as an undergraduate getting involved outside of the classroom. She was a FASET Leader one summer and served on the FASET Cabinet the next year. She was also a team leader for GT 1000, Georgia Tech’s first-year seminar course. When she wasn’t working with new Yellow Jackets, Megan was participating in Greek life, working as a resident advisor, and studying abroad, both on the Oxford Summer Program and the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering’s Asia Program.
Whatever she was doing, she made sure to spend plenty of time with her older sister when they were both at Tech, attending Homecoming concerts, football games, and Midnight Bud when they wanted to de-stress during finals. They even lived together for two years.
“We’ve always been best friends, so it was really cool,” Megan said.
As for students who have (or will soon have) family members with them on campus, she has one piece of advice: Try and share your college experiences with them as much as you can. She cherishes the memories that she and her family have together, both at Tech and at home. And she knows that they’ll continue to make Georgia Tech memories long after their last degree has been earned.