Student Feature: Matt Sinnaeve

Matt SinnaeveName: Matthew Sinnaeve
Major: Biology/Pre-Medicine
Year: Sophomore
Involvement: FSU Men’s Basketball Player, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Awards: Attendee of Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 4.0 Banquet Dinners

Being an FSU student athlete takes a lot of hard work and commitment to both the sport and classes. While this can be tough, Matt Sinnaeve, guard for the FSU Men’s Basketball team, has mastered balancing academics and athletics. Coming all the way from Gwinn, MI in the Upper Peninsula, #23 for the Bulldogs is a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine. In addition to working hard on the court, Matt still manages to be an exemplar in the classroom. He has attended several semesters’s worth of 4.0 Dinner Banquets, due to his high academic achievements. He has also earned membership into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. When Matt is off the court and out of the classroom, he enjoys volunteering his time as a volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. By doing this, he acts as a mentor for younger children, in hopes of encouraging them to reach their full potential and works towards a bright future. In his free time, he also likes to play football, go hunting and fishing, and relax at the beach in the summer (Lake Superior, NOT Lake Michigan; remember… we’ve got a Yooper over here). He also enjoys reading, playing video games, and hanging out with his friends. Though he has not decided where he would like to go after graduating from FSU, he does plan on attending medical school, and then completing additional schooling to become a neurosurgeon. In order to work towards his dream career and excel on the court all at the same time, Matt notes that it is extremely important to have the ability to manage and utilize time wisely. “Being a member of any sports team is a huge commitment. Between practices, games, and traveling, it can become difficult to balance athletics and academics. I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to play for the basketball team here at FSU, as it has taught me discipline and commitment to excellence. But, I constantly remind myself that, in order to become a neurosurgeon, I need to remain focused and motivated, so that I make my academics come first.” It is clear that Matt is a hard worker on and off the court, as well as in the classroom. His allegiance to sports and education help him stand out and will give him a huge advantage when applying to graduate school. Keep a watch out for him next basketball season, and make sure to cheer him on as he helps lead the Bulldogs to victory. GO DAWGS!

This student feature was written by Endeavor staff member, Nicole Christy.

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