Megan Hut '17 is a leader on Earlham's field hockey team and an advocate for student-athletes on campus.
Field hockey fuels Megan's '17 passion for enhancing student access to college
November 12, 2015
Megan Hut ’17 has been playing field hockey since she was six years old. And she finds her involvement is paying off.
Field hockey was an important factor in Hut’s college search. “I made a video about me playing field hockey, and I sent it out to colleges,” she says. “Earlham contacted me, and I thought it would be a good fit.”
This season, the Netherlands native became a captain of the team and twice has been named the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Field Hockey Player of the Week. Both times she achieved a hat trick, or three goals in one game.
In one game, Earlham was down 2-0 until Hut scored two goals at the beginning of the second half. The game eventually went into double overtime, and she scored the third and winning goal.
And at season's end, Hut earned a spot on the All-NCAC Second Team, after leading the Quakers with nine goals, three assists and 21 points.
“I’ve always tried to lead by example.” Hut explains. “Now I want people to feel comfortable coming to me with their problems and know that I care about my teammates and I care about the sport.”
Hut doesn’t just care about sports. In a “Campus Faves” profile on About.me, Hut says she wants to use education to make a difference in the world.
“I really hope one day every child will have the opportunity to get a good education,” she says on the feature. “Every child should have the right to get an education, therefore I am devoted to make this happen.”
But Hut says her success in the classroom is directly related to field hockey.
“My professors are involved in my athletic life, and my coaches are involved in my academic life,” she says. “That’s the key to being successful in the classroom as well as on the field.”
As a successful student athlete, Hut has an important perspective to offer. She is a member of the Athletic Advisory Committee and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
“We talk about issues that we see in athletics and also with student athletes in the classroom,” Hut explains. “We want to make the combination of athletics and academics easier for student athletes. And we’re working on the barrier between student athletes and other students.”
The sport has also helped her meet new people, especially while she was abroad in Spain. “I was really scared to leave Earlham because I love it here so much.”
But being abroad ended up being a really great experience for Hut. “I actually played on a local field hockey team, which helped with learning Spanish and understanding the culture,” she remembers. “We also traveled a lot.”
Spain has also made Hut think more about her future. “I also think that language is really important," she says. "So something I really dream of is standing in a classroom with children who really want to learn and helping them do that.”
Hut also hopes to pursue teaching using her psychology major. “I want to go to graduate school for developmental psychology,” Hut says. “I’m taking Cradle and Grave (a psychology course) right now, which is so interesting. I think I want to become a professor in psychology.”
She is not sure yet where she will end up to pursue her goals. “After my time in Spain, I can’t say that I will be in one place because I haven’t seen enough of the world to know that yet. It could be anywhere.”
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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."
Somer Eckert '17 is a writing assistant at Earlham College and the author of this story. Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and email@example.com.