“Work Hard, Play Hard”: An Insight of The Lives Two Student-Athletes

Hunter Epperson ~ Staff Writer

     Alex Rebman and Tyler Kuni are both student athletes  at the University of Lynchburg who are balancing sports along with their intensive biomedical science course loads.

     The Biomedical Science  major at Lynchburg consists of courses such as Cell Biology, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I & II, Biochemistry, Calculus, and Physics I & II. The major helps students prepare for an array of careers and graduate programs such as medical school, Physician Assistant (PA), Medicine, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT).

     While the major is a mixture of lecture and laboratory sciences, the major could be considered one of the most time-consuming majors, but Rebman and Kuni are two biomedical science students who are “crushing it” inside and outside of the classroom. 

Photo of Alex Rebman. Retrieved from Alex Rebman on March 11, 2021.

Spotlight #1: Alex Rebman, Member of the Varsity Field Hockey Team 

     Alex Rebman, a senior Biomedical Science major from Mechanicsburg, Pa., is a member of the University of Lynchburg’s field hockey team as well as a member of the Westover Honors College. 

  Rebman said, “[My day consists of] waking up and going to lift, then going directly to class, before having to have one-on-ones with [a] coach during lunchtime, before running to lab (while still dressed in practice attire sometimes), before finally going right to practice right after lab. Usually, after practice, I go home, work on a bit of homework before going to bed, and [repeat] it all over.” 

     However, Rebman said the busy lifestyle helps keep her in the right mindset to stay motivated and successful inside and outside of the classroom. 

     Rebman said during her time thus far, her favorite class has been Organic Chemistry with Dr. Jason Crumpton. 

     Post-graduation this May, Rebman plans to attend High Point University where she will enroll in the Physician Assistant (PA) Medicine program. 

Photo of Tyler Kuni. Retrieved from Tyler Kuni on March 12, 2021.

Spotlight #2: Tyler Kuni, Member of the Men’s Varsity Lacrosse Team 

     Tyler Kuni is a junior Biomedical Science and Chemistry double major from Mullica Hill, N.J. Like Rebman, he is a member of the Westover Honors College.

     Kuni said one of the most challenging courses he ever took was Biochemistry. He was one of the youngest students in the course, but he succeeded in it. However, Cellular Diversity was his favorite class.

     “I decided to double in major in both Chemistry and Biomedical Science because I only needed to take about five extra classes outside the Biomedical Science major, and I had room to do it,” explained Kuni.

     Post-graduation in 2022, Kuni hopes to attend medical school and work towards becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

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