Catching up with W. P. Carey Cupids

Sometimes, students leave the W. P. Carey School with more than a top-rated education — they find a life partner, too. Getting acquainted at Noble Library, developing their relationship during cooking lessons, meeting at Camp Carey, or working together at school events — these alumni found love with a fellow W. P. Carey student.

We call them W. P. Carey Cupids — couples who met at the W. P. Carey of Business and are now making lives together. The Meyer's story started during a study session at Noble Library, where Scott Meyer (BS Accountancy ’10, MACC ’11) helped Megan McGuire (BS Marketing ’10) figure out statistics. Their relationship developed on Tuesday nights when Megan gave Scott cooking lessons. They were married in June 2012.

Nearly seven years later, alums Scott and Megan Meyer are still living just outside of Dallas, and they welcomed their son, Barrett, to their family in January 2017.


We caught up with the Meyers, and Megan shared their answers:

Question: Did you name Barrett after Barrett Honors?

“Barrett

Answer: We stumbled upon the name Barrett shortly before he was born. We'd had a few different names on our short list but couldn't agree on one. We wanted something unique, but spellable and easily pronounced. Since the name Barrett also served as a wink to our love story at ASU, we thought it was the perfect fit. I was a Barrett student (Outstanding Graduating Senior for Business Honors in ’10), so we, of course, had to take our little guy back to campus when we visited this past November and get his photo with the sign. He saw the "B for Barrett" right away!

Question: Where are you today?

A: We live in Plano, Texas. I am a senior pediatric sales representative at Abbott Nutrition. This year I'll celebrate my 10th work anniversary. Scott is a transformation and strategy finance manager at Frito-Lay (let's face it, his job sounds cooler than mine!)

Q: What’s something special about how you started your relationship at W. P. Carey?

A: Scott and I ran into each other on a Friday at the W. P. Carey Starbucks and ended up talking for three hours — that was really the start of our dating relationship. He had just finished an internship interview, and I was on my way to a photo shoot for a student feature piece. Our W. P. Carey experience was marked by so many unique opportunities to be involved that — both before and while dating — we were always on campus for something!

Q: What's your advice for couples who meet here and date during college?

A:Dating in college can be such a fun adventure, but don't let it get in the way of the many opportunities for internships and careers that you'll have at W. P. Carey. Scott stayed at ASU for his master's program and to begin his career with KPMG, and I moved by myself to Boston for a retail sales representative role with Abbott. We were serious about each other — and serious about our future careers. Don't get me wrong, it was hard! In the end, we continued a long-distance relationship until our wedding two years later. We think it helped us develop strong communication skills that have served us well in nearly seven years of marriage.

Q: Favorite place to spend on campus together?

A: We spent a lot of time on the Dean's Patio.

Q: What's a favorite memory you share together?

A: A memory I still laugh at is when we volunteered for a student photo shoot, and the photographer told us he couldn't have Scott and I in the same photo because it looked as if we liked each other too much. It was a recruiting piece, not a dating service!

Q: What are you looking forward to?

A: Scott says retiring in Maui (our favorite vacation spot)! We love seeing the world through our son's eyes, so I think in the short term we're looking forward to creating memories as a family and encouraging the Sun Devil spirit in Barrett.

Q: When was the last time you visited campus and what did you do?

A: Scott's family lives in Goodyear, Arizona, and we planned this past Thanksgiving visit to include two days in Tempe to see friends and visit campus. I was a student worker for all four years of undergrad, so I love catching up with the W. P. Carey staff. We had a great time wandering around campus and explaining some of the history of ASU to Barrett, including Palm Walk and the Secret Garden. I wish I had lived at the Towers when there was a Snooze across the street!

Dating in college can be such a fun adventure, but don't let it get in the way of the many opportunities for internships and careers that you'll have at W. P. Carey.

Megan McGuire Meyer (BS Marketing ’10)

ASU and W. P. Carey really support you in finding ways to make a difference and pursue your dreams while in school. Don’t be afraid to pursue them together.

Christien Crynes (BS Marketing ’12)

Jackie Smith (BS Marketing ’12) and Christien Crynes (BS Marketing ’12) met at Camp Carey, the school's summer program for incoming freshman and their romance bloomed when they worked together at Tillman Scholars Program events. They teamed up on marketing projects and volunteered together at youth programs such as Basketball Beyond Barriers for Phoenix Youth. The Crynes were married in July 2014.

Alums Jackie and Christien Crynes just celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary and the first birthday of their daughter, Aurora "Rory," on Jan. 17.


Here is the Crynes update from Christien:

Question: Where are you today?

Answer: We live in Gilbert, Arizona. Jackie is the managing director at Sitewire, a digital marketing agency in Tempe, and I work at ASU in the Barrett Honors College - Development and Marketing Department as an assistant development officer.

Q: What’s something special about how you started your relationship at W. P. Carey?

A: We met through a scholarship program that was about impacting the community (Tillman Scholars), so we started our friendship with a great understanding of each other’s values. We grew together through serving others. We were like-minded.

Q: Any advice for couples who meet here and date during college?

A: Explore each other’s areas of interest and passions. Encourage your significant other to pursue it. Be each other’s advocate. Use it as an opportunity to do something bigger than yourselves. ASU and W. P. Carey really support you in finding ways to make a difference and pursue your dreams while in school. Don’t be afraid to pursue them together.

Q: Favorite place to spend on campus together?

A: Our favorite place to hang out was the W. P. Carey honors lounge. We got to meet and spend time with other students. We also enjoyed events like broomball and playing intramurals together. We loved any chance to build community.

Q: What are you looking forward to?

A: Now that we’re back in the Valley, we’re excited to establish roots in our community and as a family. This is our third state in two years. We’re excited to be here and to raise our beautiful daughter.

Q: Do you two ever visit campus together?

A: We go back to W. P. Carey and Barrett to see old friends, faculty, and staff.



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