Megan Sweas

Writer, Editor, Student of Life



JAWS Board Member Blog Post: Setting Goals for 2016

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I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Eat better and work out more; make new friends and spend time with loved ones; read more and write more; gain more Twitter followers — and spend less time on social media. Our goals for personal and professional improvement can seem to me to be overwhelming, sometimes contradictory and let’s face it, unachievable without a few extra hours a day. Add “Become more efficient and waste less time” to the list!

Continue reading “JAWS Board Member Blog Post: Setting Goals for 2016”

Happy New Year! Update and Well-Wishes

I hope you had a wonderful 2015.

It’s interesting to look back on my greetings from the past few years, filled with both the excitement and uncertainty of freelancing. In 2015, I’ve “settled in” to a staff position again, though nobody can sit still for long at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Continue reading “Happy New Year! Update and Well-Wishes”

Cristo Rey model successful, but not for everyone

Education Dive interviewed Megan Sweas about Cristo Rey model of education, December 21, 2015

It also named Putting Education to Work as one of six books educators should read.

During her time as an editor at U.S. Catholic magazine, journalist Megan Sweas saw firsthand what graduates of the Cristo Rey network could accomplish. Continue reading “Cristo Rey model successful, but not for everyone”

Cristo Rey and Education Reform: Megan Sweas in conversation with Sarah Karp at Printers Row Lit Fest

I will be at Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest on Sunday, June 7, to talk about my book about the Cristo Rey model of education. Continue reading “Cristo Rey and Education Reform: Megan Sweas in conversation with Sarah Karp at Printers Row Lit Fest”

To New Adventures… Highlights from 2014 & Best Wishes for 2015

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a wonderful 2014. It was a full year for me.

My first book, Putting Education To Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools Are Transforming Urban Education, was released in August, and two weeks later, I was on a plane to Italy for an International Reporting Project fellowship. Continue reading “To New Adventures… Highlights from 2014 & Best Wishes for 2015”

Happy New Year!

As I rang in the New Year last winter, I wasn’t sure whether I could pull off life as a freelance journalist. Continue reading “A Look Back at 2013 & Best Wishes for 2014”

I’m Nobody

Perhaps the only poem that I can still recite from memory is Emily Dickinson’s “I’m Nobody.” I learned it in junior high and it stuck with me:

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us?
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know! Continue reading “I’m Nobody”

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