Soccer's Sommer Leverages Student-Athlete Experience into Full Ride to Med School
May 15, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Former Missouri State women's soccer player Michelle Sommer defines a hard-working individual. She is down to her last few days at MSU with graduation just around the corner. However, she will not be ending her academic career just yet.
Soon to be armed with a degree in Bio Medical Sciences, Sommer will head to the University of Kansas Medical School where she was recently accepted. The MSU soccer standout also received the prestigious Kansas Medical Student Loan, a scholarship she'll never have to repay.
The Tecumseh, Kan., native says her long-term goals are to get a residency in internal medicine and then practice in Kansas for at least four years.
"Twenty to thirty years down the road, I want to work with Doctors Without Border," she said. Doctors Without Borders is an organization that provides humanitarian medical efforts to underserved areas and third world countries and brings medical care to more than 60 countries around the world. "I have always wanted to do that since I heard about it when I was ten years old. I love to travel and it would be an amazing way to see the world while helping people."
A solid 3.90 GPA was part of the reason Michelle was accepted into the elite KU Medical program. But she says playing soccer at Missouri State helped her as well, having demonstrated time management and team skills on and off the field. Her dedication as a student and athlete was evident as Sommer was a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete team selection. The two-time All-MVC honoree said learning how to focus and study while on a bus or in a hotel helped her learn to use previous down time wisely.
"I think my four years at Missouri State as a student athlete have well prepared me for my future," said Sommer.
To say that Michelle Sommer took advantage of the full college experience would be an understatement. The 2012 Capital One Academic All-America honoree said life as a Bear definitely put her feet on the path to success
"I couldn't have been happier with my decision to come to Missouri State and play soccer," she said. "I encourage anyone thinking about playing a sport in college to go for it."