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Career Connections

Megan French

Here's the story

About six months after Hurricane Ivan devastated several areas around the Gulf of Mexico in September 2004, Megan and a group of Lake Forest students on a spring break community service trip arrived in Foley, Alabama to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity. Megan had hardly hammered a nail let alone built a house, but she had a transformative experience in Foley.

She even refused to leave until every last piece of vinyl siding was in place, despite cries from her classmates to get on the bus for the 15-hour drive back to Lake Forest. “This is what it’s all about,” she says. “It’s about making a difference in someone’s life.”