Chamberlin Pursues Volleyball, Studies at Simmons
Questions and answers with former Milford High School volleyball captain Megan Chamberlin
Megan Chamberlin graduated in 2010 from Milford High School, where she played four years of volleyball and basketball. She also played lacrosse her senior year. Chamberlin was captain of the Scarlet Hawks’ volleyball team under head coach Linda Zacchilli in her senior year and was also the captain of the basketball team in both her junior and senior years. Though Chamberlin was active on the court, she was also active off it, participating as a member of the Milford High School band, chorus, National Honor Society and peer mentor program.
Upon graduating from Milford High, Chamberlin chose to continue her education and passion for the sport of volleyball at Simmons College in Boston. In her first year with the Sharks as a RS/Setter she produced 20 kills to go along with 85 assists, 32 digs and 15 blocks. Though the team finished with a 6-17 record in her freshman year, she believes that “our record is not indicative of the talent we have on our team.” Chamberlin and the team are working hard for next season, when they hope to make a run for the GNAC Tournament.
Chamberlin is studying communications at Simmons and one day hopes to break into the world of advertising and graphic design by creating layouts for a magazine. In her down time she loves to draw, hang out with friends, read and listen to music.
Favorite food: My Nana’s homemade pasta
Favorite movie: Zoolander
Favorite collegiate or athletic team: I don’t have a favorite team. I like all Boston teams and the Patriots.
Favorite book: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Favorite band(s): I don’t have a favorite band. I like all different types of music.
I listen to the Offspring, Neon Trees and Lady Gaga a lot.
What have you been up to since graduating from Milford High School about a year ago?
I am a member [RS/Setter] of the volleyball team and I am on Hall Council [in my dorm] up at Simmons.
How did your past high school volleyball seasons go and how was your first collegiate season at Simmons?
Volleyball has been great over the past four seasons. I started playing as a freshman in high school and fell in love with it. Playing at MHS was great because we had a lot of talent and a great coach who understood the value of teamwork.
Playing in college has been good so far. The game is a lot different than in high school, the opponents are bigger and the game is much faster. I enjoy the challenge though. We had a rough season, but our record is not indicative of the talent we have on our team. We are working hard in our offseason getting ready for the fall when we hope to make a run for the GNAC tournament. I can’t imagine what college would be like without playing volleyball.
Why did you choose Simmons and what other schools were you looking at before coming to your decision?
I looked at a few other schools like Salve Regina, Emmanuel, Roger Williams, Northeastern and BU. I narrowed my choices down between Northeastern, BU and Simmons. Out of the three, I felt like Simmons was the right choice for me. I chose Simmons for a few reasons: it has the major I want. It is also in the city and I can play volleyball.
Can you tell me about your time at Milford High School and if you have any favorite memories or moments on or off the field?
I had a great experience at Milford High School. My teachers were all really nice and I loved being able to be a part of sports teams all four years. I have a lot of good memories, but two of my favorites were going to the State Championships for volleyball my sophomore year and beating Westborough my junior year to win the League Championship. It was the first time in a long time that Milford beat Westborough and it was a home game, so it made it even more special.
What originally turned you on to the game of volleyball?
I had a hard time choosing a sport going into my freshman year of high school. There are a lot of fall sports for girls, so it was difficult. I was actually turned onto volleyball because my older brother had started playing in high school and loved it. I started my freshman year and looking back, it’s hard to remember not playing volleyball competitively.
What’s your major and what are you looking to do with that degree later on in life?
I’m a communications major and thinking about possibly a minor in marketing. Around my sophomore year of high school I decided I wanted to pursue advertising and graphic design, and at Simmons that is all covered in the communications major.
I’m not completely sure about the rest of my life, but after college I want to work for a magazine creating layouts.
Who has been the most influential person or people in your life so far?
My parents are very influential in my life. They have always supported me in anything and everything I have wanted to do. The one thing my parents always told me was that no matter what I choose to do in life, do it to the best of my ability, so that’s what I have always tried to do.
Another influential person in my life has been my high school volleyball coach, Linda Zacchilli. She has taught me a lot about the game of volleyball, but more than that she has taught me good work ethic, the importance of being mentally tough, and how to be a good leader. I admire coach Zacchilli’s dedication to not only volleyball, but to her players as a team and as individuals. She once told me: “Once a ladybug always a ladybug” and I know that I will always remember what I learned as a member of her team.