When a family discusses going on a cruise for a vacation, there are visions of white sandy beaches, swimming with dolphins and other fun activities. For Meaghan Brain, Massachusetts Maritime student-athlete, the cruise she went with her dad was part of her college academic experience.
Brain, a senior from Hanson, Mass. will earn her degree this May in marine engineering. It was the chance to achieve her future career goals while entice her sense of adventure that drew her to the campus in Buzzards Bay. Little did she know was that a little piece of home that would follow her there.
After a year on campus, Brain's father, David, became a cadet there. Since she is year ahead in her academics, she technically outranks him which is something she doesn't let him forget. Having him on campus has been a special experience for her which culminated in them going on the same cruise aboard the T/S Kennedy.
Following graduation, Brain aspires to be a 3rd Assistant Engineer on a deep sea ship. She was involved in an internship in Diego Garcia to get a feel of what that career would be like. A typical day entailed maintenance, helping with work on the diesel generators, starting systems, transferring fuel, testing safety equipment, etc... After her eight hour shift, she was able to go explore the island which left her with some amazing memories.
Massachusetts Maritime only has fall and spring sports which allows Brain to compete in both season in volleyball and outdoor track and field. Last season as a captain for the Buccaneers volleyball team, she amassed 55 kills, 85 digs and 20 blocks. During the 2016 outdoor season, she earned a sixth place finish in the javelin at the MASCAC/New England Alliance Championship with a top throw of 33.67 m (110' 5").
Being a Division III and two-sport student-athlete has given Brain a lot of preparation for what life after college will be. Still she holds on tight to one major thought...it is not about the end result, it is about the process.