By Collin Reischman
Megan Wolfe didn’t always have an eye for politics. But in one day not long ago, she changed her career course, and decided to try something new. As a nursing major at Lincoln University, Wolfe was set to begin working in healthcare. But after a follow day, where Wolfe witnessed the relationship between doctors and nurses, she changed her mind.
“I didn’t like the way doctors were treating the nurses,” Wolfe said. “I asked myself if I wanted to be degraded like that, and I just made a decision.”
Wolfe, looking for a new course, found politics to be intellectually challenging, and decided to give it a try.
“In one day I changed my major, and on the same day I applied for the House intern program,” Wolfe said. “I just went for it, and it worked out really well, I’m glad I did.”
After a few short months as an intern, Wolfe learned of an opening in Senator Kraus’ office, and sent in an application. She got her first interview on the spot and, after a successful second, was hired by the Senator from Jackson County.
Now, Wolfe works in the Senator’s office and attends William Woods University, in the business program. She spends her free time riding horses with her two-year-old son, Dakota, and running. Whether she remains in politics, or moves to the private sector, is something she isn’t firmly set on yet.
“I like working in the legislature, the work is definitely interesting and I don’t think it will be easy to leave,” Wolfe said. “But I might end up in the private sector, I’m trying to stay open to different opportunities.”
She might stick around and work on Kraus’ re-election, especially if he has a challenge. Campaigns are something she particularly enjoys, with her limited experience, and something she’d like to try again.
“I’m definitely interested in that sort of grassroots type stuff,” Wolfe said. “I’d like to keep trying that and keep doing that work.”
Her advice to others looking to work in the building is pretty straightforward.
“Pay attention to other people and listen to what they have to tell you,” Wolfe said. “You’ll learn a lot from the people who have been here for a while.