Humans of UMass Lowell

Running and solving problems: The story of Megan Hadley

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Student Success Coordinator Megan Hadley recently graduated with her Master’s Degree in higher education administration while working full time at UMass Lowell. She said that it is one of her most memorable times she has experienced in her time at the university.

“So finishing [my Master’s] was great, and I guess that would be a moment because of finally feeling like all that work I was doing I can apply that knowledge to help students and change how I advise students and change programs we might put on [within the Honors College] to better suit the needs of our population.”

Another one of her most memorable times is working on her current research with other members of the UMass Lowell faculty and staff, although she said it is hard to think of a single instance that is most memorable. “It’s hard to say one definitive instance that has stood out in my mind because there are so many,” Hadley said.

Hadley’s role at the university can be hectic, especially around the current time of the semester when students are selecting classes for the upcoming semester, but Hadley says that her favorite part of her work day is being able to feel like she helped a student solve a problem (or problems).

“There has been so much going on… there’s so much of [my day] that I like that it is hard to single out one thing. I think my favorite part is getting to the point where I have worked through something with them and seeing them leave with relief that I actually fixed something,” she said.

Hadley ran her first half-marathon recently, and she said that running is something that has had a significant impact on the improvement of her mental health. “The psychological benefits that [running] has to me have been so influential because of my own, without going into it, mental health history.”

Because of this, she said her biggest fear is no longer being able to run and do something that provides her with the most relief and sense of accomplishment.

“There have been times where I have injured myself or pulled a muscle and have had this moment of ‘I am frail and I can hurt myself,’ and that moment of realizing you’re not invincible and never knowing if you are going to hurt yourself to a point that would really force you to totally reconfigure how you live your life [is terrifying].”

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