Epidemiology is not a word that is used in daily conversation or that many people even know what it means. Worcester State softball student-athlete Meghan Rich is well aware of its meaning and what it could possibly mean for her future.
The senior from Chelmsford, Mass. is currently working towards her degree in public health to one day be an epidemiologist which is the study and analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations. The health sciences department was a deciding factor in her attending Worcester State while also allowing her the class size she wanted to be more hands on in her studies.
During her busy athletic and academic schedule, Rich has been interning with the UMass Medical School under an epidemiologist which will come in handy when she joins the Peace Corps after graduation. As a volunteer, she will work with people from around the world to assist them with their greatest needs.
Having a chance to continue playing softball was also a big pull for Rich to attend Worcester State. Softball is in her blood as her dad also played the role of coach when she was younger and helped her become a successful pitcher for the Lancers.
In the circle, Rich had an extremely successful 2015 season which ended with her earning MASCAC Pitcher of the Year honors after helping Worcester State to the regular season title and the top seed in the MASCAC Tournament. She closed out the regular season with the conference's best ERA (1.53), total wins (15) and shutouts (8) while having the second most complete games (11).
Whether it was softball, the health sciences department or the class size, Rich truly believes attending Worcester State helped her learn important life skills that go beyond what you can find in any textbook.