Make It Millikin: Megan Owens
History & Political Science
President of Student Senate
President of Student Senate making a difference on Millikin's campus
During the November 2018 election, Macon County saw an extreme spike in voter registration, specifically within the Millikin University campus community. The increase of voter registration was so significant that representatives from the county wanted to find the source behind it all. That source was Millikin's Student Senate.
Thanks to the leadership of Megan Owens, a senior political science major from Mount Vernon, Ill., Millikin's Student Senate helped to increase voter registration and played an integral part of getting students to the polls by offering free rides so students could fulfill their civic duty.
As president of Student Senate, Owens has made great change on Millikin's campus and in Macon County overall. Owens has always had a passion for politics, but it was not her initial plan to study political science when she arrived at Millikin.
"At first I was studying musical theatre at Millikin, and then I changed to studying political science my sophomore year," Owens said. "I knew no matter what I studied at Millikin I would be getting the one-on-one contact with my professors which would set me up for success in any field of study."
Owens did not see switching majors as a setback, in fact, the transition came with ease especially with help from Amber Lusvardi, instructor of political science.
"Professor Lusvardi has been such a big help," Owens said. "She is extremely helpful and personable, I have become the best student I can be thanks to her."
Not only did Owens have the supportive faculty around her to make the change in major easy, but she quickly fell in love with the opportunities and experiences that Millikin had to offer within the field of study.
Political science majors at Millikin have numerous opportunities to gain experience within the field including being involved in Millikin's Student Senate, to attending Model United Nations, and Model Illinois Government.
Owens recently attended her third Model Illinois Government simulation on March 1 at the state capitol complex in Springfield, Ill. Model Illinois Government is a unique opportunity for Illinois college students to engage in writing and debating legislation, run for elected office, and act as Illinois legislators. This year, Owens was elected to the position of Assistant Majority Leader for the Senate chamber.
"Being in the place where legislation has been written and ruled on is an experience like no other," Owens said. "We learn how to debate in a proper and eloquent way which will help me in my future endeavors."
After graduating this spring, Owens will embark on the next chapter of her journey as she will study law at the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth, Mass. From there, Owens wants to continue to make her mark by running for office one day.
"All I want to do is help people and make a difference, that really is my ultimate goal," Owens said.
With her drive and intention to continue to impact those around her, perhaps one day many will see Owens achieve her dream of becoming the President of the United States.