Forman Scholar Megan Sharp Dedicates Career to Helping Others, Inspiring Younger Sisters
Megan Sharp has made it her mission to support and help others in everything she does in her career. After five years in college with a degree in hand from Thomas Jefferson University, Megan became an expert in occupational therapy by earning both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees. This impressive accomplishment has inspired her to become an example for others, especially her two younger sisters and other Forman Scholars.
Megan began her college career by spending her first two years completing prerequisites at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. This prepared Megan to pursue more opportunities available at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia where she enrolled in the accelerated Bachelor and Master’s of Science in occupational therapy.
Megan has dreamed of going above and beyond to pursue her Master’s degree in occupational therapy since she was in 8th grade. Now she gets to live out her dream as a board-certified occupational therapist in Middletown, Delaware, where she works for an in-patient rehabilitation center.
While she may not have been far away at college in northern New Jersey and Philadelphia, family is important to Megan and it wasn’t easy leaving the South Jersey nest. She is very close with her younger sisters, Hannah, a freshman at Salem High School, and Abby and Sarah, both of whom went through the rigorous selection process to become Forman Scholars themselves. While she loved her time at Seton Hall and being closer to her family, it was a bit of an adjustment to change schools after her sophomore year.
“It was an interesting change of going from a college town just outside of New York to my first time living in a big city like Philadelphia,” Megan said. “I loved living in the city though it was an interesting change from living in South Jersey.”
In addition to the support she has received from the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation, Megan credits her fantastic teachers in the International Baccalaureate Program at her high school for helping prepare her for college, particularly her Honors Program classes at Seton Hall.
“A lot of the texts I read in my International Baccalaureate English class were the same texts that I was reading in my honors classes at Seton Hall,” Megan said. “So, I already understood them and was able to use my notes and papers from high school as resources during the course.”
Megan says the extracurriculars and student organizations she was involved in at school enriched her on-campus experience, particularly the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega she joined at the beginning of her sophomore year. Through being a part of Alpha Phi Omega, she was able to find her place on campus, even meeting new close friends through the organization while being able to serve the community in her home away from home. A dedication to service is something that her family instilled in her and her sisters from a young age and it’s something Megan and her sisters have become quite passionate about.
Megan hopes to continue inspiring her younger sisters and impart wisdom on other students about to enter college. She says taking advantage of all the resources their college or university has to offer will best serve them academically and personally. The relationships she formed became critical resources and were a big part of her success in school.
“Colleges have free counseling, and it’s always better to ask for and get help when you know you have someone to hear you out before you really need them,” Megan said. “Use a resume workshop during your freshman or sophomore year before you’re really behind and need to work on your resume. It helped me a lot.”
While she was successful very much due to her own hard work and passion for her studies, Megan is also extremely grateful for everything she has learned from the staff at the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation.
“I am forever grateful to [Scholarship Director] Rick Wilson and the rest of the Foundation because without them, I would be in a lot more debt and would have been a lot less prepared for college and my future career,” Megan said.