So many of our alumni are up to amazing things in the world! We have enjoyed getting to see and hear all about what they are up to and what they are accomplishing in their lives. Most recently we caught up with alumni, Logan Fitzgerald ’17. Logan is currently a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps! He is stationed in Quantico, VA, where he serves as a student officer at The Basic School.
Read more to hear about Logan’s journey at and after Brook Hill, and the individuals who impacted him the most while he was here.
Logan was involved in the varsity baseball team and the Cannon Guard while at Brook Hill! He also participated in FCA and the football team. He mentioned to us that what he really enjoyed at BH was his physics classes!
You have done great things since graduation, Logan! While you were here, what faculty member at Brook Hill had the biggest impact on you?
“Mr. Dement. He stood up for me early on. He specifically sought me out and defended me to certain harsh teachers in a very selfless way. I was definitely not as outgoing or assertive then, so he helped me by just being an outgoing mentor that was intentional in checking on me. That mentorship has grown over the years and Mr. Dement has never not been an inspiration for me. Especially reminding me to look out for those that could use a little help or support but might not be able to ask for it. That specifically has had a huge impact on my leadership style.
“That mentorship has grown over the years and Mr. Dement has never not been an inspiration for me. Especially reminding me to look out for those that could use a little help or support but might not be able to ask for it.” – LOGAN
That’s amazing! We are glad to hear Mr. Dement had such a huge impact on who you are as a leader!
Tell us about life after Brook Hill. Where did you attend college? What were you involved in at your university?
“I attended Texas A&M University. I was conditionally accepted through the Engineering at Galveston Program where I had to spend my freshman year taking the normal engineering classes at TAMUG. My sophomore year I was transferred to main campus TAMU in College Station as a student in Petroleum Engineering and joined the Corps of Cadets. Over the next four years I was heavily involved in the Corps. I joined the Ross Volunteer Company my junior year and applied for other leadership positions within the Corps. I was the 1st Sergeant of my Corps unit, Squadron 18, my junior year and then senior year I was given the billet of Commanding Officer of the 1st Regiment. I learned some hard lessons in these spots and made some massive mistakes. Thankfully, the beauty of the Corps is in its “safe” environment for cadets to make tough calls and practice leadership without having to worry about life-altering events if they make mistakes. There are still consequences to their actions, but not nearly as drastic as if they would have made those mistakes in the “real” world!”
That’s incredible! Can you tell us about your service in the military? What leadership roles have you held?
“I have not held any real leadership roles outside of my time at Officer Candidate School. After I complete The Basic School, which is about 6 months, I will have one more school to attend and then I will be assigned my first duty station.”
Well, exciting things are ahead then! Looking back, how do you think BH prepared you for these experiences and help you be successful?
“Brook Hill prepared me well. It is one of those things that you get out what you put into it, and I wish I would’ve put more effort into Brook Hill. I don’t think I put enough in an I left some learning on the table. It’s kind of like how I explained the corps at TAMU. BH is an even safer place to try things out and learn in a safe environment where you can recover from mistakes that might have crippled you later. The faculty and opportunities that BH provides are such a valuable resource that I think needs to be tapped into more.”
“The faculty and opportunities that BH provides are such a valuable resource that I think needs to be tapped into more.” – LOGAN
Well, thank you Logan! We appreciate that. Now, what was the highlight for you being part of the Brook Hill family?
“The highlight is seeing my younger siblings go through their years at Brook Hill and do such much better than me. I am so glad to still be able to come around watch them take enormous advantage of the opportunities provided.”
We love having The Fitz Family at BH! When you think about your time at Brook Hill, what are you grateful for?
“I am grateful for the growth BH primed in me. It was an early step for me out of my comfort zone, and while yes it forced some tough situations on me, I can track how “small” events impacted my life later down the path.”
How did Brook Hill prepare you for your journey? How did Brook Hill prepare you for where you are right now?
“Brook Hill prepared me to be in a lonely situation and to then rely on my relationship with my Lord and the mentorship of those who are smarter or who are farther along than me. We have a God who wants us to seek out community with other Christ-followers and BH was one of the first that forced me to take that step and seek it out for myself.”
“We have a God who wants us to seek out community with other Christ-followers and BH was one of the first that forced me to take that step and seek it out for myself.” – LOGAN