(piano music) – I’m Janse Schermerhorn. I’m a chemistry and
biochemistry double major and a rising captain of the
varsity men’s soccer team. This summer, I’m working
with Dr. Gabriel Brandt in a biochemistry lab. We’re working on discovering protein structures
through crystallography. We had just got back from South Africa. We spent two weeks there getting to explore and see
what South Africa has to offer for our men’s soccer team. I’ve always considered
medicine to be the path for me. I really feel that I have an
opportunity as a physician to help guide people through tough times. I knew that Franklin and
Marshall had a lot to offer in terms of getting me where
I wanted to go academically and as well, it had a
really strong soccer program with a band of brothers
that were really close. The culture of this team is one that focuses a lot on getting the most out
of everybody on the team. Our coach will be the
first to tell you that we’re worth a lot more than
just our position on the field. The men’s soccer team just went to Khayelitsha, South Africa. It’s a small township
right outside of Cape Town. We got to work with some
of the most impoverished and most endangered kids. Going to South Africa really was a life changing
perspective for me. We weren’t going about it in any way that we’re there
to do some service project. We were there to connect with them and just kind of become friends with them, play soccer with them, a really universal language. And I think this goes along with the aspect of Franklin
and Marshall men’s soccer that emphasizes the
holistic nature of a person and not that we’re just soccer players. How can we use soccer to better
ourselves, to better others, and to learn about the world around us. Going into my junior season,
I had a stress fracture. I didn’t know about it at the time and I was playing on it. I knew I wasn’t healthy
and I wasn’t feeling great and as a result I wasn’t playing great and that was definitely
a tough spot for me. I started to lose playing time, started to lose confidence, and I found myself as a first
year captain on the bench and I had to take about five
months completely off soccer. My leadership style had always
been one leading by example and it was really difficult
to be able to say, yeah hey, let’s run this one more sprint, let’s do our best, when I didn’t even know if could, if I could bring that
to the table everyday. I had to kind of
internally figure out a way for me to be able to
lead from the sideline. Can I be the guy that’s
getting everybody going, can I be the guy that’s trying to get the most out of my teammates still but in a totally
different way than before. Jim, make sure we’re seen out of the game. We gotta- I’d now just recently
consider myself a 100% and ready to train my hardest which leaves me a good
amount of time to say that I’ll be hopefully fully
prepared to help my team in whatever way I can. One of the most crucial things for me is learning about myself
throughout this process. Being a doctor has always
been a profession to me that’s so much more than
just understanding sciences. It’s understanding people, it’s understanding
relationships and teamwork and how to get the most
out of somebody else and knowing that it is a group effort almost at all times and that there are very few things that one can accomplish on their own. These four years are gonna be some of the most formative of my life and that realistically, I
wouldn’t be the same person or doctor in the future without them. I only have four years here and I cherish every one of them for sure.