Megan is a quick, very intelligent thinker whose talents were well suited to my course, which considers the ways new technologies change us as social and cultural beings, to much the same extent that living in a literate culture changes us—in fact, we begin the course with Walter Ong. Megan knows a great deal about the technologies we consider, and she is able to bring her broader knowledge to bear as well, making her work rich, deep, thoughtful, and illuminating.
Megan has been one of the best students in our Digital Technology and Culture Program (DTC). She is habitually “on,” engaging with readings and assignments, bringing fresh views, pushing the envelope in class in ways that help us teachers make the course more useful for the other students. She is, in effect, a kind of co-teacher, someone we can always count on to be prepared, to be intellectually present, and to discuss fearlessly and tactfully whatever topic a teacher or a fellow student might throw out.
I’d describe Megan as delightfully eclectic in her interests. She is among the very best of the hundred or so students in our DTC major and an enthusiastic member of the WSU Equestrian Club. She likes film but not television, and her tastes run from Casablanca to Crash. She writes short stories and spends hours playing guitar and xylophone. She makes her own films and is an excellent photographer. In other words, Megan Clark is a well-rounded individual, serious about her studies, physically active and strongly intellectual, and at the same time congenial, approachable.
I don’t want to sound as if Megan walks on water and heals the sick. She has great gifts, and like any college-aged person she makes better use of them at some times than at others. But overall, she is bright, she is a very hard worker, and she has a professional’s ability to meet deadlines and get the job done, even if the process is sometimes a bit uneven. But then, if she were perfect, she’d be boring.