Prospect Heights, Ill.
Business Management, Finance
Megan Shover grew up with parents both in the financial field, and sometimes even went with her dad to the Chicago Board of Trade. “I never understood what any of the yelling, hand signals, and symbols meant, but I knew I want to be a part of it,” she said.
At Carthage, Megan has gotten to know her professors and fellow classmates on a personal level. “Business at Carthage is unique because the professors know everyone extremely well, especially since you have each professor a few times through your career,” she said. “I love business at Carthage because of the opportunities we are given to excel. It is a great program, and I would definitely recommend it.”
After graduation, Megan would like to work in finance. “I hope to find a career that I love, and as one of my favorite quotes says, ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’”
“We are blessed with professors who care and have great experiences in the real world.”
“I would love to work in the financial markets, investments, or any other finance opportunity.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Small Business Fundamentals.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“This past summer I worked for Edward Jones Investments as a financial advisor intern for 10 weeks in one of their branch offices in the Chicago area. The internship was based on shadowing both of the financial advisors in our office, learning more about the business, creating financial reports, and taking part in the financial advisors’ everyday activities.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“The organizations that Carthage has, especially Enactus, offer incredible opportunities to network, learn important skills, leadership, project management, and the ability to make a difference in the community through business. Our Enactus team has qualified for nationals multiple years in a row, so we have been lucky enough to travel to compete. Organizations like this and others have given me more real world experience than I would’ve ever expected.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“It is almost impossible to pick a favorite moment at Carthage, because the list is endless. For me, it was probably qualifying for the CCIW Swimming Conference Finals freshman year. All of the teams line up and create a tunnel from the locker rooms to the blocks where we start. Every team gives support for every swimmer, but once you get through the Carthage section of the tunnel you can’t help but smile and laugh because everyone goes crazy. It gets you so excited to swim, especially since it is a finals race.”
Favorite spot on campus
“Starbucks! Business majors have all of their classes in Clausen. With random breaks between classes, it is a great place to meet up with people, do homework, and of course get a great cup of coffee.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“The 8-year-old Megan would be happy with my career path. Both of my parents were in the finance field and growing up I used to go to the Chicago Board of Trade every now and then with my dad. I never understood what any of the yelling, hand signals, and symbols meant, but even being 8-years-old I knew I wanted to be a part of it and wanted to know how it all worked. It is funny how 12 years later I am still interested in the same path. Sometimes you just know!”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Don’t just go to class. We are blessed with professors who care and have great experiences in the real world, so get to know them! Get involved. There are a variety of organizations in the Business Department. Choose one or two and participate so you can get the most out of your experience at Carthage.”