Challenges, Opportunities and Inspirations: Meet Megan Penney

Many high school students face uncertainty about their future as graduation nears. For Megan Penney, who had strong interests in both psychology and business, this was definitely the case. That was; however, until she learned that Cape Breton University offered her the opportunity to pursue both. Now, Megan is just days away from her dual-graduation from CBU, where she’ll earn both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Community Studies. Looking back on her decision, Megan says she made the right choice in becoming a CBU student and is thankful she was able to pursue both of her passions.

Being able to study at home in Cape Breton allowed Megan to grow closer to her community and gain valuable insights and experiences she may not have found elsewhere. During her program, she was able to connect with people across the Island and contribute to real solutions within the community. “Last year, my community studies group hosted an event on campus to fight food insecurity for post-secondary students and it was such a great experience,” says Megan. “I loved getting to meet the students and listen to them share their stories. It was an inspiring project that made a real difference.”

Megan says her time at CBU has helped her feel more prepared for the future. With a welcoming campus, diverse groups of people and small class sizes, she found it easier to connect with her classmates and professors while developing her skills. In addition, she was greeted with opportunities to work within the community through her co-op placements, work study terms and student projects though which she was able to accomplish great things. 

Amongst all of the amazing things Megan experienced during her time at CBU, being awarded the Frank H. Sobey Excellence in Business Studies Award was one of the most special. “Meeting fellow recipients, the Sobey family and other influential people working in the Atlantic business sector was an unforgettable experience,” says Megan. “I am so grateful!” 

With her family, friends and co-workers’ support, Megan is ready to cross the stage and receive not one but two degrees from CBU. She has enjoyed her time so much, in fact, that she will be returning to CBU to pursue a Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development in the Fall. 

Megan says she is thankful for the support she has received throughout her time at CBU, especially from former Shannon School of Business Dean, George Karaphillis. She looks forward to what the future holds and intends to continue her work in the small-business sector for years to come. 

A hearty congratulations to Megan and the entire Fall 2022 graduating class.