Rawls Valentine: Megan Childers Lanty and John Lanty
Megan and John Lanty were married in January 2023 and were in Tech Marketing Association, which is where they met.
Rawls College | February 14, 2023
Megan Childers Lanty (MCL)
Graduation Year: 2019
John Lanty (JL)
Graduation Year: 2019
Describe your partner in 3 words
Funny, loyal, passionate
Strong, kind, determined
What is your couple's origin story?
John and I met at the Rawls College of Business through Tech Marketing Association. We had been friends for a long time before we went on what we call our first “date.” John asked me to go to the movies, and I thought it was going to be a group trip, but it ended up just being John and me. We watched Venom, and this was when I truly started to understand John's love for superhero movies. It was also the first time he held my hand, which is when I started to realize we may be more than friends.
Megan and I met in the hallway of the Rawls. We were waiting to interview for officer positions in our student organization. Through that organization, we became great friends and hung out regularly. Our “first date” was to see a movie after our friends, who were supposed to join us, bailed. While we didn't officially begin dating then, it was then when I knew I had feelings for her. We began dating in 2020 after Megan moved to Austin.
What was your partner like as a student?
As a student, John was very involved. Through Tech Marketing Association, he would go on business trips every semester, play intramural sports and serve as an officer. He also worked at the Career Management Center in the Rawls College of Business and never missed a Texas Tech sporting event. He was, and still is, always surrounded by a group of friends that he would do anything for.
Megan was a very determined and hardworking student. She was actively involved with leadership positions in student orgs at the Rawls, as well as working in the dean's office. We did not have any classes together, but we would meet up at the library or at Rawls to study together. We were both officers in Tech Marketing Association, where we got to spend lots of time together and meet some very wonderful friends.
In what ways has your partner changed since you were students?
John has taken on more responsibility with his new job since graduation, and he has had less free time for Texas Tech sports (unfortunately).
Megan is very much still the same determined, kind and strong person today as she was during her time at Tech.
How did attending the same business college impact your relationship with one another?
Attending the same school, John and I both were able to be in an environment that supported each of our individual aspirations. By both being in the same student organization, we had a lot of similar friends, and we would go to many events together. Between business trips, business dinners, Tech Marketing Association meetings, intramural sports and social events, we built a foundation of the same friend group. We are still friends with people we met in the Rawls and consider them lifelong friends that we still hang out with today!
While we didn't begin dating until after graduation, Rawls College has had a huge impact on our relationship. It's where we met for the very first time, it's where we became friends, and it's where we met some very important people in our lives. Many of the people in our wedding were people we met while we were students at the Rawls.
What is your favorite memory of Rawls College with your partner?
My favorite memory of Rawls College with John was getting to go on a business trip through Tech Marketing Association to meet companies and explore Denver, Colorado.
Rather than one specific memory, I really reflect fondly on all our time hanging out in the Rawls at TMA events or talking between classes.