February 2021 Issue
Garrett Meggs, Director of Student Life in First College
Which identities are you most proud of?
I know we often think about demographics when reflecting on identity, but it’s so much more than that. Our identities are about belonging and how we see ourselves in the world. I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a first-generation college student. But this year, I have spent a lot of time thinking about myself as a friend. My friends are my family, and this year I have been supported and loved by them in new ways. This year’s been difficult at times, but it has taught me how to present without being together, and I am immensely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to strengthen my friendships.
What kind of household/family did you grow up in and how did this impact your identities?
I grew up mostly living with my mom and sister. But I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. I have a large extended family with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins, but I never felt more at home than when I was with my grandparents. They taught me how to drive, how to cook, how to knit, and my grandmothers passed on to me their love of The Golden Girls. They showed me what it meant to care for others and how to live in community. More than anyone else, they shaped me.