Megan Kelley


Megan Kelley

College Essay Specialist

B.F.A. Western Kentucky University

Introduce yourself:

I build worlds.


Sometimes these are fictional worlds: games, stories. Sometimes they are constructs of words: sprawling ecosystems of interconnected paragraphs, following a journey through the arc of a character. Sometimes they are art pieces: fragments and artifacts, vignettes of mysterious places seen through symbolism.


Sometimes these are real worlds: the world. Using themes of communication, discovery, exploration, and interaction, I work with communities to create and hold space for honoring culture, identity, and artistic expression.  


And sometimes, these worlds are the ones we hope to see: futures we believe we deserve. I work to mentor growth in people and governments through creativity and curiosity, lending my skills as an artist to listen with empathy, guide with collective wisdom, connect with data, and amplify through advocacy, while helping shape city policy and procedure with compassion and collaboration.


But all of these? They're our worlds. 


And together? We will build them.


Fun Facts:

  • I designed, programmed, and released a text-based adventure game online, which has inspired spin-off comics, roleplaying adventures, and even a coffee blend! My players even show up in costume at some of the events and conventions, and I love to see how people imagine themselves in that world.
  • I love to travel, and have lived all over the world, including Germany, Mexico, and Hawaii! I can also recite all fifty states in alphabetical order in under a minute.
  • I once swam with Great White Sharks in Hawaii...but it was an accident! Luckily they forgave me.

Pop Quiz:

If I were a dean of admissions this is an essay prompt that I'd want students to answer: What is one word that is most meaningful to you, and why is it so significant to your worldview?


What do you spend too much time doing?I spend way too much time looking and taking pictures! I’m always the last one out of the art museum, or the person who gets left behind on a hike because I stopped to investigate a particularly beautiful proliferation of turkey tail mushrooms. I use photography as visual note-taking, so I take photos of the most random (but fascinating) things!


Which historical figure would you like to meet? I would like to have met Francis La Flesche; he was the first Native ethnologist and was responsible for documenting much of Wazhazhe culture and language. I wish I could have debated some of his translation interpretations with him!

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