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Small Talk With Megan Flaherty

Megan Flaherty ’12

Photo: Webb Chappell

Megan Flaherty ’12 knows about kills—on a volleyball court, that is. Players notch a kill when they hit a ball that can’t be returned, something that Flaherty has done 1,378 times, the most in College history. She’s known as the “Hammer,” a nickname she first received while playing on her high school volleyball team. After graduation, Flaherty hopes to move to Boston and land a job in finance.

Do you have a pregame ritual?  Everyone does her own thing to get in game mode. I eat peanut butter. It’s weird. If I have a knife, I’ll use it. Other times, I just squeeze it out of the plastic jar. It’s not a good thing to see. I try to hide when I do it. My team makes fun of me.

What’s a standout lesson you learned at Babson?  The number one thing I learned is that it’s important not to be selfish. For volleyball and classes, being selfish is probably the worst thing you can do. I remember it was midnight before the FME final, and everyone was helping each other with problems. It was cool. And with volleyball, it’s easy to focus on your own errors and accomplishments, but that’s not going to get you anywhere. You need to focus on the team.

How do you relax?  I like listening to music. I love Bruce Springsteen. Before games, I listen to him. I tried to get him on the warm-up CD, but basically everyone vetoed him.

A favorite hobby?  I love running. It’s a good way to exert energy. If I’m stressed, if I’m working on a paper in the library and feel like I have a mental block, I’ll go run. It’s like the easy button. It refreshes everything.

Who inspires you?  Positive people. My track coach back in high school, he passed away actually when I was a sophomore, but he was the most positive guy in the world. Coach Lou Korcoulis. No matter if you were first or last, he was always your biggest fan.

You keep a quote book?  I like quotes. They give you a different perspective on things. Whether it’s a song, or something I read, or something that comes up in class, I write it down. My senior quote was by Springsteen from Rosalita: “Someday we’ll look back on this, and it will all seem funny.” Don’t stress. No matter how tough something may seem, I think you’ll eventually laugh at it later.

—John Crawford