ERIC Number: EJ764679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr-6
Reference Count: N/A
The Mind in the Middle
Matthews, Frank J.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n4 p36-37 Apr 2006
Adults regularly ask children what they want to be when they grow up. The responses are often interesting. David Castillo knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life, even at a young age. Now he is well on his way to accomplishing his childhood dream. Castillo, a center for the Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles' football team and Diverse's Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Sports Scholar of the Year, says he has known since he was five years old that he wanted to become a doctor. He has long excelled at both academics and athletics. The senior earned a bachelor's in exercise science in the fall of 2004 and is currently working on a second degree in dietetics. In addition, he has taken the MCAT, the medical school entrance exam, and is considering medical school in the fall. Amy Lord, associate director of athletic academic support at FSU, says David came with two goals, first to get into medical school and second to be a football player. Castillo credits his parents for putting his priorities in perspective. While academics have always been a focus for Castillo, football is a relatively recent interest. Baseball and soccer were his sports of choice while growing up in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. For student-athletes daring to follow in Castillo's footsteps--taking on Division I-A football and pursuing medical school--he recommends being extremely committed and seeking out academic support.
Descriptors: Team Sports, Medical Education, Dietetics, Medical Schools, Goal Orientation, Time Management, Recognition (Achievement), Careers, High Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Medical College Admission Test