Meet the 2009 Awardees
Megan Saraceni believes that her fight with cancer and other early adversities helped teach her compassion. Growing up in a low-income household, her circumstances were further complicated by an absentee father, a mentally unstable mother and two siblings (now deceased) who had diabetes.
Currently a peer educator with Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating and with CSU Northridge's Career Center, Megan loves helping fellow students. She founded a student support club and serves as survivorship chairwoman of CSUN's Colleges Against Cancer Committee. Megan also volunteers with Upward Bound, teaching underprivileged high school students how to succeed in college. Previously, she helped responders after 9/11 in New York City and, more recently, spent a spring break helping rebuild New Orleans.
Now in her senior year as a psychology major, Megan maintains a 4.0 GPA and plans to pursue a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. Her goal is to become a psychologist specializing in art therapy and a CSUN professor, utilizing her talents and life experiences to help others reclaim their lives.