A Place to Belong for the First Time

After graduating from Fairmont State University in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in National Security and Intelligence, Meagan Gibson accepted a position as an Admissions and Recruitment Counselor for the University. Now she travels to high schools and college fairs to share the story of her student experience with potential new students.

Disappointment sometimes teaches a new way to win. From age 12 in Lordstown, Ohio, Meagan Gibson knew she wanted to play college volleyball. Practicing, playing and suffering through injuries paid off through a scholarship from Fairmont State University. By the time she was a sophomore at age 20, Meagan led the league in kills, was a team captain and earned all conference honors. Unfortunately, the years of wear and tear left her with the knees of an 80-year-old and a difficult choice. For the first time, she had to imagine life without her identity as an athlete. “I joined the staff at our recreation center, loaded up on class hours and joined Student Government in an attempt to find new endeavors to ease my disappointment,” she said. A Political Science major, Megan added National Security and Intelligence as a second major and was selected to be a part of an elite team of NSI students gaining experience as security analysts in a hands-on lab. Through the Frasure-Singleton internship program, she spent a week in the State Capitol working for Sen. Bob Beach. In April 2011, she was elected Student Government President. “Within a year, I had bounced back. I had gone from being a jock, to a broken young woman, to a student leader. It turned out I earned so much more after enduring what I thought was my biggest downfall,” she said. “I found somewhere where I finally belong.” 

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