Meghan (Everett) Fitzgerald is a 2012 graduate from Flemington, NJ. In her senior season, she served as one of the team captains while leading the team in runs scored (18) and triples (3). Meghan was a two-sport Big Green athlete, splitting time between softball and field hockey. Shortly after graduation, she married Craig Fitzgerald and on May 23, 2013 they welcomed their first child, Madelyn.

What I Do:

After graduation I worked in special education at the middle school level; I worked with incredible and smart sixth, seventh and eight graders with ADHD. Getting to work with these amazing young-adults was so much fun and was so rewarding. Working in the middle school also allowed me to coach field hockey, where it was an honor to introduce the game to my players – out of the whole team, only one girl had ever picked up a field hockey stick before our first practice!

This past year, however, I went through a job change! And although career services may not count my current job into their employment numbers, I know that it’s the most important one that I’ll ever have. Thanks to the incredibly hard work of my husband, Craig, I have the opportunity to stay home with my seven and a half month old daughter! Watching her learn, grow, and explore our world is more fun, and more work, than I ever imagined it would be!

How Dartmouth Softball Helps:

Without a doubt, being a member of the softball and field hockey teams reinforced what it means to have a good work ethic. As cliché as it sounds, I was shown again and again that working hard really does pay off. At Dartmouth, our hard work translated into success on the field. As a mom, hard work had translated into things like the rare five-hour stretch of sleep, a toothless ear-to-ear smile or the look of shock and excitement in her eyes when Madelyn stood up for the first time! And as a teacher, hard work translated into our students truly feeling confident in themselves and their abilities.

While you’re at Dartmouth, it’s almost impossible to realize just how lucky you are. As a student athlete it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of classes and practices and games that it’s hard to take a step back and really appreciate the beauty and freedom of Hanover. Four years pass by in a blink, and before you know it you’ve graduated. Now, with my own family, I make a point to remember how fast time flies, and to strive everyday to appreciate all of the normal moments we have together. Currently, I’m planning to go back to school to become a guidance counselor – a job in which I am guaranteed to use the lessons learned at Dartmouth to help others. However, for now, I know enough to count my blessings and enjoy every second we have with Madelyn!

Being a part of the Dartmouth athletic family has forever left a mark on the way that I will live my life. I hope to share the lessons and values that I gained with my own daughter, and with the young-adults that I will connect with when I go back to work. Go Big Green!