Megan Duncan

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
If I could go back in time, I would go back to the year 2001, the year I studied abroad during my junior year of college at the University of Kansas. I was fortunate to study in both Florence, Italy and Paris, France. This is where I learned quickly how adrenaline-filled, empowering and liberating the feeling of travel could be. I also visited Germany, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. 

How would your friends describe you?
I reached out to my besties for this one and this is what they said: “Kind, loyal, empathetic, always up for fun, warm, organized, down to earth.” They also shared silly stuff, but we won’t mention those here.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
My biggest regret in life was not playing soccer during college at the University of Kansas. Soccer has always been my favorite sport. I was captain of my high school team at Bloomington Jefferson. I also played after college in a women’s league. I feel most confident when playing soccer. Unfortunately, I no longer play, but I love to go cheer on the USWNT any chance I can get. My favorite player is Lindsey Horan or Press or Lavelle...I pretty much like them all.

When was the last time you were nervous?
I was most recently nervous starting my new job here at Blake in December 2021. Starting a new job after 15 years staying home with my three children was quite the undertaking. But joining the amazing admissions team has been the best decision I have made in a long time. The Blake community as a whole has been so welcoming and helpful. It’s been fun to experience Blake from a different perspective, and let me say it has not disappointed. Seeing behind the scenes of what all goes on to help make this community succeed is nothing short of exceptional. Needless to say my nerves subsided very quickly.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
The one place that is top on my list is Africa. More specifically, I would love to go on an African safari. Aside from the obvious love of wildlife and beautiful landscapes, I would love to experience the authentic African culture. Watching Lion King sunrises and sunsets would be a bonus. But mostly I would like to go and give my support to protecting the future of the lands and animals.

What’s your dream job?
My dream job would be to travel the world with my family and to report back on our experiences with various hotels, spas, restaurants and locations. To be able to do this on someone else’s budget would be amazing. Traveling is something I really enjoy. It takes me out of my comfort zone and inspires me to see, taste and try new things. The first place I would want to go to would be Africa on a safari.

If your life were a book, what would it be titled?
If my life were a book it would be a cookbook, and I think I would call it “Together.” Some of my fondest memories are with family and friends at the dinner table laughing, sharing and connecting. I love cooking and baking. I really love eating, and I especially love being with my family and friends.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
This is a tough question for me because I love food—all foods. I enjoy cooking, baking and going out to eat. I especially love getting new cookbooks or cooking magazines to read and look through. But if I could only choose one food to have an endless supply of, it would have to be pizza.

What are your three favorite smells?
My three favorite smells are flowers, specifically lilacs, cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven and bonfires. I have fond memories of making May Day baskets filled with lilacs and dropping them at neighbors houses when I was little. Cinnamon rolls with peanut butter are one of my top special treats. (Don't knock it before you try it.) Sitting by a bonfire with family or friends pretty much anytime but especially after a day of skiing is my favorite. 

If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you spend it?
If I had an extra hour of free time I would spend it in my jammies snuggled up on the couch watching a show with my family and dog.

I was once mistaken for…
I was once mistaken for Sabrina the teenage witch, Melissa Joan Hart. However I get stopped all the time from people wondering if they know me somehow, so I think I might just have a familiar face. Or maybe they just can’t pinpoint that I look like the lead in their favorite childhood show, “Sabrina.”

What is your idea of a fruitful day?
I would start my day out at my favorite yoga class followed by a walk with my dog and husband before we head out to lunch. Then I would love to be with the kids at the cabin out on the boat followed by a BBQ outside on the deck. As cliche as it sounds, I would finish the day out by a bonfire with friends roasting s’mores and looking at the stars.