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Brett Fitzgerald Reflects on Kalamazoo College Experience

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Appreciating what he learned during his four years at Kalamazoo College, Brett Fitzgerald '19 is giving back by serving through AmeriCorps City Year at Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida.

"It's a government- and privately-funded program designed to mentor and tutor students in low-income areas and underperforming schools," Fitzgerald said.

Besides majoring in political science and economics, the North Brunswick, N.J. native (St. Joseph High School) was a member of K's inaugural men's lacrosse team.

He led the team in goals, assists, and points as a sophomore and his 24 goals were a school record at the time. He currently holds school records in career goals (53) and career points (80).

While at K, Fitzgerald interned one summer for Doughmain Financial Literacy Foundation, a nonprofit in Princeton, N.J., acquiring grants for the nonprofit to spread financial literacy in schools.

His Senior Individualized Project was focused on government and international efforts to lessen child poverty in Romania.

"K prepared me for my next steps by helping me gain perspective on job opportunities," Fitzgerald said.

"From my experience as a student-athlete, I gained insight and the ability to work on a team with others."

He said Dr. Justin Berry was very supportive throughout his years at K and always showed personal interest. 

Kalamazoo College prepares its graduates to better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world. The College's 1,467 students come from 39 states and 28 countries. Through the K-Plan, Kalamazoo College provides an individualized education that integrates rigorous academics with life-changing experiential learning opportunities, including study abroad, career internships and externships, civic engagement and social justice work. K's student-faculty ratio of 13-to-1 allows for small classes and personal attention to individual needs; student-faculty interaction goes beyond the classroom to include working together on research projects, college committees, and community projects. At Kalamazoo College, we do more in four years so students can do more in a lifetime.