Nov. 2, 2011
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
As told to Catherine Wakeman, USC Sports Information Student Intern.
Catherine Wakeman (CW): What drew you to USC?
Claire Schloemer (CS): I grew up in Southern California where the influence of the Trojan culture was so pervasive. Coming out of high school, USC became highly selective and it was one of the best universities I could get into.
CW: Growing up in Newport Beach, Calif., did your parents always support an academics-first attitude?
CS: Yes. Doing well in school was always the priority.
CW: Was being a student-athlete in college always part of the plan?
CS: No, it was never in the plan. It was just a byproduct of hard work, laughter, and love for the game of soccer.
CW: Did academics affect your decision to attend USC as an undergraduate?
CS: Yes, a degree from USC is very prestigious.
CW: What made you choose Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for your major?
CS: I have always enjoyed studying science, particularly human biology and anatomy. Also, I have the stomach for blood and gore, unlike most people.
CW:What are your career goals with Health Promotion and Disease Prevention?
CS: I am looking into nursing, as well as medical or pharmaceutical sales.
CW: As an undergraduate what has been your favorite class?
CS: HP 320, which was a course on Pathophysiology.
CW: Do you have a favorite professor who really stood out or made you want to learn?
CW: Being a student-athlete can be pretty intense and time-consuming; how do you find a balance?
CS: Dr. Claudia Toledo-Corral was my professor for two extremely difficult HP classes. Somehow she presented the material in a manner that was easy to comprehend. She really understood the pressures and stresses of being a student-athlete at this demanding institution, and did everything in her power to make her classes enjoyable for all.
CS: You have to remember that being a student comes first, and an athlete second. Time management is the key to success and happiness as a student-athlete.
CW: What was it like earning Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention last year for your academic excellence at USC?
CS: It is nice to be recognized for being more than an athlete. The NCAA commercials that talk about the 400,000 student-athletes nationwide becoming a pro in something other than their sport is particularly true for me as a women's soccer player due to the minimal opportunities to compete at the next level.
CW: Even with your busy schedule, do you still feel like you got the "college experience?"
CS: My college experience has been different than the average college experience. The sacrifices have been balanced with tremendous opportunities that I know will pay off in the long run.
CW: Is there anything that you learned as a student that transferred into helping you be a better athlete or vice versa?
CS: Sports have taught me to prepare, have a game plan, manage my time, and work well with others. Being an athlete has helped me perform well under pressure due to the tremendous demands on time.
CW: What is one idea or concept you've learned in your classes that has stuck with you? Something you'll never forget?
CS: If you are experiencing pain in your left arm, take an aspirin; it will save your life!
CW: Any crazy or unique study habits? Is there a specific time or place you like to study or focus on school?
CS: No crazy or unique study habits, but not a lot of people can say they have studied or written papers in Moscow, Idaho, South Bend, Ind., or Stillwater, Okla. while on the road with their team.
CW:What has been the best part about being a student-athlete?
CS: The best part is yet to come.