Seth Friesen knows that his path from math into medicine is unusual.
“It’s a bit unconventional, but it’s been done,” says the Brandon University student, who’s working towards a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Mathematics.
And when Friesen sets his mind to something, he’s focused on achieving it.
“It’s the way I was raised,” he says. “Work hard at whatever you choose to do.”
So along with working hard in class, particularly in science and math, Friesen is working hard on the Bobcats men’s volleyball team.
After making a name for himself as a high school athletic standout — he played multiple varsity sports at Vincent Massey High School in Brandon — Friesen says he was recruited by schools across Western Canada.
But in the end, he felt most at home choosing BU.
“I had other offers, but my brother was going here, my dad went here,” Friesen says. “I liked the idea of living at home.”
He says that his experience with the Bobcats may actually help prepare him for a possible future career as an emergency room doctor.
“They’re both high-stress, high-pressure situations,” he points out.
Finding success on the court as well as in the classroom takes work, but it’s worth it.
“I’m very motivated to do both,” Friesen says. “I take a lot of pride in being a student-athlete, not just one of the two. It was never an option to focus on one.”
The many scholarships he’s earned, he says, help with that focus.
“Many days there’s class, lab, practice, then I’m in the library until midnight,” he says. “I give up sleep sometimes. But it has its rewards as well.”
Those rewards include enough scholarship money that his schooling is paid for.
“A lot of people don’t realize that,” he says. “You can get your school paid for if you put the work in.”