The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Print Edition
Letter to the editor submissions
Have a strong opinion about something happening on campus or in Fort Collins? Want to respond to an article written on The Collegian? Write a Letter to the Editor by following the guidelines here.
Follow Us on Twitter
5 Strategies for Landing Your Dream Job After Graduation
July 11, 2024

Graduated and feeling lost about your next steps? Looking to set up your life, find a good job, and earn money? Who doesn’t want that, right?...

Meagan Fitzgerald of 9News speaks to CSU students

9News reporter Meagan Fitzgerald and school didn’t always get along.

Meagan Fitzgerald of 9News speaks to a group of students in the LSC on Tuesday for CSU's Black History Month. She told the inspiring story of how she went from a poor reading level in Elementary school to now "reading for a living" for 9News in Denver, CO.
Meagan Fitzgerald of 9News speaks to a group of students in the LSC on Tuesday for CSU’s Black History Month. She told the inspiring story of how she went from a poor reading level in Elementary school to now “reading for a living” for 9News in Denver, CO.

“My reading was awful, my math was horrendous, so they placed me in these smaller classrooms so that I could, as they said, get the attention that I needed,” she said to a group of 20 students in a presentation Tuesday evening, organized by the Black Student Alliance as part of Black History Month.

Ad

Fitzgerald began the speech by describing her struggles as a young child growing up with a learning disability. She explained that when she was in second grade she was pulled from her regular classes and placed into specialized classes.

Fitzgerald went on to say that as she got older, she realized that she didn’t need to go that route any longer.

“It was middle school that I decided, ‘You know what, I’m capable,’” Fitzgerald said. “Whatever it is that I need to do, I’m going to do it.”

Then, she made the changes she needed to make the summer before high school.

“I was able to overcome that challenge of this learning disability that I had. I was able to make the dean’s list,” Fitzgerald said. “It was hard work, it was just sacrificing certain things to kind of get to the place that I wanted to be.”

Black History Month is a time to embrace where people have been and where that has brought people today, she said.

“There are people in the past who worked hard so that we can realize dreams even bigger than theirs,” Fitzgerald said. “Nothing is impossible. You truly can achieve anything you want to.”

Fitzgerald went on to explain that there are five important steps for people to pay attention to as they set out on achieving their goals.

Keep options open

Ad

“It’s always important to never burn bridges, to always respect people, to be genuine,” Fitzgerald said.

Be aware of your image

“Be conscious of your image at all times,” she said to the group of millennial college students. “From Facebook to Twitter, to anything else that you do, your image is really all you have.”

Network, network, network

“There is always going to be some kind of organization that you can be a part of and you can network people,” she said. “A lot of what I do is networking, it’s people that you know that will help you.”

Find a mentor

“It’s important to start early. Internships are available and I would encourage people to start early. Find someone that is doing what you want to do and shadow them,” the reporter said. “Mentors are huge. It’s very important to have a mentor, someone that you can throw an idea at, and trust that they are going to steer you in the best direction that they know how.”

Have an agent

“I never would have thought to send my stuff to Denver, but the agent did and that’s how that opportunity came to me,” she said.

Fitzgerald explained that no matter the circumstances, be it a learning disability or uncertainty about your major, a goal is always attainable.

“Set your sights high –– set your goals high,” she said.

View Comments (10)
More to Discover

Comments (10)

When commenting on The Collegian’s website, please be respectful of others and their viewpoints. The Collegian reviews all comments and reserves the right to reject comments from the website. Comments including any of the following will not be accepted. 1. No language attacking a protected group, including slurs or other profane language directed at a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical or mental disability, ethnicity or nationality. 2. No factually inaccurate information, including misleading statements or incorrect data. 3. No abusive language or harassment of Collegian writers, editors or other commenters. 4. No threatening language that includes but is not limited to language inciting violence against an individual or group of people. 5. No links.
All The Rocky Mountain Collegian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *