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“Blog it Forward” by Megan Laughlin

My Nominator:

I was nominated to #BIF by Sue Keohan && this is her #BIF–sue-keohan

My Introduction:

My name is Megan Laughlin and I’m a senior at Grand Valley State University. I attended Washtenaw Community College for two years and then transferred sixty credits to GVSU. While taking my MGT 268 (Management Information Systems) course where I decided to further my academic career within SAP. Since making this decision I have never looked back and I’m proud to say I have found my niche. August of 2014 I pushed myself to my limits by participating in SAP TERP10 Certification and passed. I recently went to SAP TechEd && d-code in Las Vegas 2014 where my perspective completely changed. Since returning home all I can think of is staying connected with my networking contacts as well as learning about various programs and I feel I’m ready to tackle coding.

GVSU. ERP Program. For any information about our program contact Simha R. Magal       

Interesting Fact about Me:

I am a part of GVSU Synchronized Figure Skating Team. Unfortunately I cannot skate this year due to an injury this summer. Since I was a little girl I loved to roller blade and ice skate. It is my passion and has always come very easy to me.

During high school I made the varsity softball team my freshman year as a pitcher and I played volleyball up until my junior year where I decided to focus on pitching. While in high school I was a part of BPA (Business Professionals of America) as well as Student Government.

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#BIF Questions:

1) Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?

          -I want to be a successful business women

          -I want to get married and start a family (eventually)

          -I would like to make enough money to retire my parents comfortably

          -I would also like to make an impact on the world (I’m a volunteer at heart and always try to help people) && if I end up making good money I plan on
               donating a certain amount a year to The American Cancer Society.

          -I want to find/fund a surgery to help my brother get movement in his right shoulder. (It breaks my heart to see him struggle every single day)

2) What is the best lesson your parents taught you?

     The best lesson my parents ever taught me was to follow my dreams and never give up no matter the obstacle. I owe my parents everything they have      pushed me to where I am today and have supported me each and everyday along my journey. They are my rocks and I don’t know where I would be without      them. I am outgoing because of my mother and I got my brains from my father as well as my stubbornness.

3) If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?

     If I could be a super hero I would be superman because he is always there to help citizens in need no matter what he is doing.

Thank you Sue Keohan for enlightening me about #BIF !!!! I will nominate other SAP University Alliances Students once they get their pages up and running!

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      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      Welcome to the #BIF family Megan!  Now Colleen Hebbert and Matt Fraser should hang their heads in shame at having taken so long (and so much pressure) to do theirs.

      It makes me very happy that you are ready to tackle coding.  I have a feeling you are in the right network for that! 

      Thanks for joining up, and keep the pressure on your fellow UA peers 🙂


      Author's profile photo Colleen Hebbert
      Colleen Hebbert

      wow.... wow!!!!

      This is fantastic that you already have studied that much with SAP and obtain certification whilst at it. I'm jealous you got to attend TechEd (it's on my list).

      I was very lucky to study SAP subjects at university (10 years ago) back when it was a single ERP as the main system. It was fantastic and the second I saw what SAP did and why businesses needed it, I knew it would be part of my career.

      I really hope you obtain an SAP job on graduation. To be that dedicated is just brilliant. As you get more comfortable, start jumping out to the other spaces.

      Is there anything specific that you like about SAP?

      Hope to see you expanding into more areas of SCN. If you ever have a security question, feel free to ask!



      thanks Sue.... appreciate the call out again (my BIF was not that interesting but it goes to show the positive aspect of peer pressure. Matt's on the other hand - awesome!!!)

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      Dear Colleen,

           I was extremely lucky to be picked to go to SAP TechEd && d-code 2014, it was a life changing experience and with graduation getting closer each day I hope I obtain a job within SAP. Meeting a lot of SAP Mentors really boosted my confidence and showed me just where I'm at in my college career. It was an overwhelming experience, but I believe I made the best of it.

           SAP University Alliance is so very important and I owe all my success to Simha R. Magal as well as SAP UA. Professor Magal has created such an amazing ERP Program here at GVSU, I am very lucky to be a part of such an extensive program.

           Going into SAP TechEd && d-code I was leaning toward Project Management, Material Planning or Marketing. This conference opened my eyes to so many other possibilities within SAP it's going to be hard to choose.

           Thank you very much for reaching out and making me feel welcome! I will expand once I explore the site a bit more. Looks like Susan Keohan isn't giving up on your #bif 😉 . I had a lot of fun writing mine and I'm sure you will too.


      Megan Laughlin

      GVSU ERP Program.

      Author's profile photo Colleen Hebbert
      Colleen Hebbert

      I Did do mine but Matt's was more impressive. We had a SCN and twitter war over racing to complete them 🙂

      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      Yeah, there was NO pressure there! 😉

      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      Megan, I echo Sue and Colleen in welcoming you to SCN and the world of SAP in general, and also in congratulating you on what you've achieved so far, and getting your BIF out so quickly. What was that, all of an hour or two from when Sue challenged/nominated you? Clearly you are not one to rest on your laurels!

      Me, on the other hand, yes, it took a bit of pressure and time before I buckled down to it (much like my career and life, for that matter), but once I got started on it the experience was quite gratifying, so thank you, Sue.

      Colleen, the body of your work speaks for itself, in the blogs and in the forums. I stand in awe. 🙂



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      Paul Bakker

      A hearty welcome to SCN, Megan, and to the wide world of SAP! It's great to see students getting involved.

      Looking through your list, I think if you stick with SAP it will help you achieve ALL of your dreams  (except maybe the 'married with children' bit 😎 )

      I have no idea where Grand Valley State is.. in the USA I assume?



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      Thank you very much Paul!! I believe I found my niche within SAP!! Grand Valley State University is in the USA, on the west side of Michigan!! It has a wonderful Management Information Systems Curriculum with many classes that incorporate SAP!!

      GVSU ERP Program. For information about our program contact Simha R. Magal

      Author's profile photo Colleen Hebbert
      Colleen Hebbert

      except maybe the 'married with children' bit

      I met my fiance through work. He does SAP so when one of us says "dress rehearsal" or "go live" or "cutover" the other one pours the glass of wine, raises a toast and says see you next month 😉

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt

      As you can see Megan, this is a very supportive community: multi-cultural, multi- disciplinary, multi-gendered, multi-generational.  I am hoping that Ashley McNutt and Mitchell Grewer will soon join the ranks here. A few years ago, I watched the progress of another student ambassador from your university as he took the steps to transition from the learning environment to the work environment.  He championed a marginalized corner of this community and blogged and engaged.David Herrema

      I believe (as he wrote)

      "we do not inherit the earth from our parents, but borrow it from our children"

      .  I love learning from the students here. Innovation is something we borrow from you "our children".

      Glad that Simha Magal and Ann Rosenberg have the passion to keep bringing your classmates to our events.

      Spread the word indeed.

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      Thank you for the inspiring words The specified item was not found. !! I will check out his blogs and try to follow in his path!

      I cannot thank you, Ann Rosenberg , and Simha R. Magal enough for all the hard work and dedication to SAP University Alliance. I was blown away by seeing how much effort you all put into SAP UA in order to expand the SAP Ecosystem. After attending SAP TechEd && d-code Conference I know that I made the right career choice. The SAP Community is so supportive and I'm lucky to be a part of something so great!!

      Thank you,


      Author's profile photo Simha R. Magal
      Simha R. Magal

      Hi Marilyn,

      We had six students from Grand Valley participate in Las Vegas.  They had a great time learning and meeting lots of people.  Thanks to people like you, Susan Keohan, and more SAP Mentors than I can name, for taking the time to talk to them.  They came back energized, inspired and motivated.  And they are paying it forward by sharing their experiences with other students and helping us organize events like student innojams and young thinkers program for local high school students.

      A big thanks to Ann Rosenberg and the SAP UA team for providing such a great opportunity.  Keep these opportunities coming!

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt

      I just noticed that you'll be coming to Berlin as well. You've done a wonderful mentoring job and I love engaging with your students. See you next week!

      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan


      I felt so energized by meeting the students from SAP University Alliance too!  They are young, smart, energetic and passionate - willing to take on new challenges and work for important social change - what's not to love? 

      I love the idea of Student Innojams!  Perhaps in my next career, I could be an SII (Student Innojam Instigator).

      And yes, huge thanks to Ann Rosenberg - the UA program is doing a wonderful job.


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      Marilyn Pratt, long time no chat!  I am truly grateful how SAP UA accelerated my career.  The many offerings that Simha R. Magal and GVSU offer allowed me to work in many areas of SAP and understand the landscape before starting in the workplace. 

      Megan, it is great to see that GVSU students are still so passionate about SAP and are participating on SCN.  I remember when I was in school I took advantage of everything 'SAP' that I could get my hands on.  I had the privilege of going to SAP TechEd in 2009.  It was an amazing experience being exposed to the SAP community.

      Since leaving GVSU I have worn many hats.  I have been: an ABAP developer, a Senior Analyst, the Technical Lead on major Projects, and most recently a Solution Architect.  I know without the SAP UA I would not be where I am today.

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt

      How AWESOME to see the graduate here.  Wonderful to know that you have become a Solution Architect and so gracious to acknowledge your mentor Simha R. Magal who has been the man behind many successful students from what I gather.

      Looking forward to continuing to hear more about your journey...but a little bird told me that you just had a new "go live" of the family kind, so warm and best wishes from your SCN family.

      Author's profile photo Stephen Johannes
      Stephen Johannes

      It was great meeting you and your fellow UA student collegaues at dCode.  To echo Marilyn, I know those of us who have been out of school for many years, enjoyed working with a such a talented and welcoming group. 

      Your SAP experience while in school is something that is really amazing.  When I attended school, even though SAP was in the "market", it was very uncommon for anyone who was "younger" to get that type of exposure.

      I can tell you that having made the leap out of college to working with SAP software, that solution is so broad and deep, you will definitely have no problem finding something that matches your personal interests.   I think you will definitely have much success in the greater SAP ecosystem, regardless of the path you take.

      Take care,


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      Thank you very much Stephen!! It was great meeting you! It was great working with you during the DataViz Challenge. I appreciate you guiding me through the challenge, it really was a great learning experience!!


      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      So true. In my school days, there was only SAP R/2, no R/3 yet, and it was not taught in school. Everything was mainframe-based, and the debates were mainly over whether CDC Cyber 170 or IBM System 370 was a better computer. There were these little toys called microcomputers just starting to get some popularity, but no one took them very seriously for business use, except as a better word processor. The first IBM PC had just come out, but was still too expensive for home use, so Apple, Atari, and Commodore still dominated there (the Mac hadn't yet been created, either -- early graphical screens and the use of a mouse was still only happening pretty much in Xerox's labs in Palo Alto). Otherwise, the other players were Pyramid, DEC's VAX, and the HP 3000 and 9000 "minicomputers" (which were not so mini), and their use of Unix and this little thing called ARPANET and UUCP.