“Ready” Plans for Future After Graduation

“Ready” Plans for Future After Graduation


MOUNT OLIVE- Graduating a semester prior to the typical four year college experience is an impressive accomplishment, especially for a student that spent her time juggling softball athletics along with college academics. Megan Ready, an outfielder from Crosby, Texas, is all set to graduate from the University of Mount Olive in December with a degree in accounting.


In the fall of 2011, Ready committed to attending UMO. She felt that God had a plan for her, which led her from Texas to the small town of Mount Olive. “I made the right decision for college,” said Ready. “I love the culture, academics, and people here. UMO has given me amazing perspectives to take into my future.”


Ready has cherished her time playing on the Nancy Chapman Cassell Field and attributes her collegiate success to the softball program. The commitment and competition taught her how to work hard in all aspects of life.


“Softball has shaped the person I am today. I had to learn to be flexible in learning different coaching styles and how to approach and work with a variety of people,” said Ready. “Working hard was never an option. It was necessary. I appreciate everything I gained from the program.”


Ready has worked just as hard in the classroom, receiving the NCAA Conference Carolinas All-Academic award, which recognizes student-athletes that maintain a 3.25 or higher accumulative GPA. Ready’s perseverance in the classroom also gained her a prestigious opportunity for a summer internship. This past summer, Ready worked under the direction of the accounting staff at Conestoga Pipe & Supply in Houston, TX. The corporation is a premiere tubing Reclamation Company that has trained, skilled, and experienced personnel that line pipe in locations throughout the world. Ready was grateful to be able to gain the hands-on experience of working as an accountant for a large-scale corporation.


“The internship gave me a chance to use the knowledge and abilities that I gained from UMO athletics and academics,” she said. “I feel like the opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without UMO.”


Although she has cherished her time at UMO, Ready felt a calling to graduate early and return to her home in Texas. She has taken extra courses throughout her past few semesters in order to receive an undergraduate degree in only three and a half years.


“As much as I loved softball and being here in Mount Olive, I felt that God was telling me it was time to get home and spend time doing mission work and traveling before I continue my progress in the accounting field.”


Ready is excited to graduate and see what is in store for her future. However, she will miss all of the lifelong relationships she has made with peers, teammates, professors, and coaches at UMO.


The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.