by Morgan Rogers
This interview was conducted with Jeff Miller, football athlete, freshman.
1. How is being premed different for an athlete?
Obviously being premed is a huge commitment to the future just as being an athlete is. While most people in premed do not have other obligations that are outside of focusing on premed I have a huge obligation to football. Being an athlete and managing school is difficult enough but balancing being a biomedical engineer and football with premed is a even bigger tasks. One of the biggest problems people don’t realize is lack of sleep. As a freshman I didn’t think I was going to play and I figured I was going to redshirt so I foolishly signed up for 18 units last semester. As a result I didn’t get a lot of sleep and really struggled with lack of energy. This led to a result of being stretched and stressed out. I had to cut back on reading for certain classes and really redline with school. With being premed and an athlete you really have to find a balance between school and work while trying to do your best at both.
2. In terms of timing, how are you able to fit in classes (especially labs) and practice?
My schedule sucks. We have blocked off times for football in which we aren’t supposed to schedule classes due to practice. However with the requirements for class and labs they overlap with practice. Especially this semester I have two class conflicts with practice.
3. Does it change the timing of when you will graduate and/or go to med school?
You would think with the requirements of being premed and the classes need for graduation for an engineer it would affect the timing of graduation and going to med school. However to be successful as an athlete it requires that you stay at SC for the summer to train which also means summer courses. This allows me to knock out courses during the summer and try to take less classes during the year. It also allows me to take classes that are more time consuming with labs during the summer.
4. Do you think there are advantages to being premed and an athlete?
I think it allows a very unique profile for whatever option I choose after graduating. I don’t know many other people with that are in the same boat. I think being an athlete gives me an advantage because it provides the competitive nature and mindset that is necessary to be successful in medicine. Also when looking for jobs or even for the application for med school my unique profile will give me a well-rounded resume that is advantageous over other people.
5. Anything else you would like to add?
In high school I was part of a program that was called Carroll Medical Academy. I got to take advance math and science classes earlier on and was able to take some cool classes like anatomy and physiology, biotechnology, and medical terminology. I was also fortunate enough to participate in 80 + hours of internship with various medical professions-Orthopedic Surgeon, EMT, Cardiovascular doctor, and a vet.