For a true friend and belief in the good-nature of man, look no further than Megan Yen, a 2nd year civil engineer. Megan becomes homesick like the rest of us. In MisSWEing Home, she explains how she copes with FaceTime, friends and future plans with the family.
Nothing compares to the comforts and familiarities of home itself. Megan Yen considers home her connection to her past. “At home, I have all my high school memories, trinkets from way back when, pictures of old friendships,” says Megan, “Home is where I started off; my roots.” Most of Megan’s family tree lives in Houston, where she calls home. Megan misses attending family events to visit her extended family. “Recently, my grandma had a birthday party. They FaceTime me to get me virtually there.” Among her family, Megan misses her youngest sister, Chloe, the most. “Whenever I come back home she’s always a bit taller and a little bit smarter and I realize I’ve missed so much!” Megan relies on the phone calls from her six year-old sister to keep her updated on the world back home, much like when she uses FaceTime to ensure perfect attendance in the events of family lives.
Megan notices the freedom that living in Austin has given her. She spends her free time with best friends, Lina and Felicia, creating stories of her own. “Once, the morning after a concert, the three of us woke up in my car, ate at Kerbey Lane then climbed Mount Bonnel to watch the sunrise over the city,” says Megan, referring to an adventure that took her mind off of the family she misses. With her family two hours away, Megan finds herself falling back on her circle of friends. Although her world at home keeps spinning, Megan visits with updates of her own that she shares with her family.
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe. As Megan knows, family keeps her grounded. Throughout the year, her family and herself make plans to spend time together. “This holiday break, my family and I are going on a disney cruise for christmas” says Megan. Her eyes had brightened at the mere thought of seeing her family. Megan reminisces on the reminder of being “a role model for [Chloe] so that she has some to look up to.” The very people whom she looks to support have become the same people she relies on for support.