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Meet Madi Sehmer, a junior Health Sciences major from Stoughton, WI, who is on the Clinical and Applied Sciences track.  Next year, Madi will be starting her first year in our Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree, and will graduate in May of 2021 with both her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Athletic Training degrees.  We are very excited to welcome Madi to our inaugural MAT class!

Name:    Madi Sehmer
Hometown:    Stoughton, WI
Degree Program:    MAT, May 2021
Shadowing Site:    Drake Athletics, Men's Basketball
Location:    Des Moines, IA
Type of Experience:    Sport Performance - Collegiate

Madi Sehmer is a junior at Drake University studying Health Sciences on the Clinical and Applied Sciences track and will be starting her Master of Athletic Training degree next year.  Although she originally came to Drake intending to pursue a different healthcare career, she found her love of athletic training after doing some shadowing in the profession.  After hearing about the new opportunity for a masters degree in athletic training at Drake, she met with the Program Director, who helped her set up some shadowing experiences with athletic trainers on campus.  After learning and seeing what the profession was about, she knew athletic training was the perfect fit for her.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in Athletic Training? 

I chose to pursue athletic training because it’s a career in the healthcare field that always stays exciting. I knew I wanted to find a career where I can help people, and athletic training seemed like an obvious choice because it combines helping students and sports - both of which I am very passionate about! I played sports throughout high school and love to watch them, both at the stadium and on television. I am eager to learn more about the human body, how to care for injuries, and come up with unique treatment plans that differ with each student and injury throughout this program.

What are your professional goals as a future AT? 

My dream job is to be an athletic trainer for a professional sports team. This requires a lot of work and dedication to the practice, but representing a well-known team and providing care in a highly intensive situation would make my job both fun and exciting.

Why did you choose to attend Drake?

Drake University was the only private school I applied to when considering which college to attend after high school. After coming to Des Moines and touring the campus, I knew that this was the perfect place for my continuing education. Drake is small, which means it can provide unique opportunities to its students, like knowing each of your professors and having the chance to do research with them.

How are your experiences at Drake helping you to pursue your career goals? 

Drake really helps its students prepare to work in a professional environment. The classes required for my health sciences major, such as Healthcare Economics and Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences, have made me a more well-rounded individual.

What is your favorite Drake memory?

The Drake Relays are always a fun and exciting time on campus to show off my school pride. As an AT student here at Drake, I have the opportunity to shadow trainers at the Relays and be right next to all the action.

Tell us about your experience shadowing with Drake Athletics.  What were your responsibilities and what did a typical day/week look like?

I was able to shadow athletic trainers who works with the men's basketball team at Drake.  Before the regular season started, I shadowed practices and helped out with treatments. During the season I was able to sit courtside with the players and keep their water bottles filled and distributed towels during timeouts.

How did Drake prepare you for your shadowing experience?

Drake faculty gave me the opportunity to thrive in a setting like this and allowed me to get a head start learning skills that I will use in my future career one day.

What was your biggest lesson from this experience?

My biggest takeaway from this experience is that athletic training is definitely the job I want to pursue after college.

What was your favorite part about shadowing with Drake Athletics?

I loved getting to know the athletic trainers and spending time in the room watching athletes get treatments.

Share a few things you've liked most about your time at Drake.

I’ve liked the opportunities Drake has given to me. I was able to study abroad in Uganda after my first year, and Drake faculty have helped me transition from my previous career goals to athletic training through one-on-one attention.  I am beginning to do research with a professor to make me a more competitive applicant when I graduate and start my career.

What are you looking forward to most about starting the MAT program?

I’m looking forward to getting to know my professors and I’m confident they will prepare me in the best way possible to perform my future job to the best of my ability.

What is one piece of advice you would give to future Drake students?

Get involved on campus and learn about and take advantage of all the opportunities Drake has to offer.

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