Coordinator of the Month: Megan Mukenge | April 2018
Name: Megan Mukenge
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
College Attended / Major: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / Exercise and Sport Science
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Ginn Academy – Cleveland, Ohio
Fun Fact: I am originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. My family and I immigrated to the United States when I was the tender age of five.
How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
I initially found out about HealthCorps when I was an undergraduate student at UNC. Working with students and educating them about healthy living has been a long-term interest of mine because of my own experience. Once I learned more about this organization and its mission I knew it would be a great fit for me. HealthCorps provides such a unique opportunity for coordinators to work directly with young students to empower them to discover their own reasons to live healthier lives and it’s been such a privilege to be a part of their journey.
What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
The highlight of my placement so far would be getting to know the students and staff and working with them everyday. They continuously inspire and push me to find new and exciting ways to make wellness a part of the school and their daily lives.
Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
In my spare time, I enjoy visiting various art exhibits, exploring the city and spending time with friends and family. Relocating to the Cleveland area from North Carolina has definitely allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. I enjoy being able to explore the area and see what it has to offer. I’m always learning new things about this area which is always fun!
What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
After my service is completed, I plan on going back to school to pursue a graduate degree. I’m still deciding between a Masters in Public Health program or pursuing the medical field. Ideally, I would love to obtain a dual MD/MPH degree. I’m just excited to explore all the opportunities that lie ahead of me.
What is one thing you have learned from your placement that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
One thing I have learned is to be patient! There has been a few times as a Coordinator where I got flustered or anxious because things weren’t happening at the speed that I wanted them to or how I envisioned them to. This experience has really shown me the value of patience and to never lose sight of the bigger picture!