Q and A With Brian Douglas and Cody Ratermann

Q and A With Brian Douglas and Cody Ratermann

By Janet Taylor
Sports Information Intern
Washington University in St. Louis

 The Washington University football team takes on Millsaps College this Saturday at Francis Field. Defensive lineman Brian Douglas and running back Cody Ratermann reflected on the past four years at WashU with Sports Information Intern Janet Taylor.

What made you come to WashU?
Brian Douglas: After concluding my senior season of high school, I immediately knew that I wanted to continue my football career at the college level. WashU provided this opportunity, along with the fact that I could receive a world-class education. I knew that WashU would allow me to be successful in both athletics and pursuing a career in medicine.

Cody Ratermann: As many others have stated, I chose to come to WashU for the opportunity to receive a prestigious education while being able to pursue passions outside of the classroom.

What does it mean to be a WashU student-athlete?
BD: I believe that being a student-athlete at WashU is both a privilege and a challenge. Not only do we have to take on the rigorous coursework at a prestigious university such as WashU, but student-athletes also have to put their bodies on the line each week as we compete in our respective sports. This aspect puts us at a higher standard, as we represent our university both on the field and in the classroom.

CR: As a student-athlete, you are looked upon as a leader among the student body. Not only are you expected to balance the intense academic workload, you must also bear the physicality of the sport and the time commitment associated with it.

Why do you want to pursue a path in medicine?
BD: I have wanted to pursue a career in medicine for as long as I can remember. The biological sciences and the complexity of the human anatomy have always fascinated me. Having the ability to develop meaningful relationships and tend to people in need would be a truly rewarding career.

CR: Although it began with a love for the science of the human body, my recent involvement with a local medical clinic has now shifted my passion for the individual stories of the patients. I enjoy becoming immersed in their lives, almost as a part of their family.

How do you balance your schedule between school and football?
BD: Time management is a key skill one must develop in order to be successful in both. When I am on the football field, I focus my energy on any given play. Away from the field, I use every opportunity to find time to hit the books and get ahead in my coursework. 

CR: Compartmentalization and coffee. When I am on the field, I allow myself to set aside thoughts about upcoming tests, homework, and papers to focus only on football. After practice, the focus shifts to the large workload associated with WashU and how much time I need to delegate to each assignment.

What have you learned from playing under head coach Larry Kindbom for four years?
BD: One of the main lessons that I have learned from Coach K is to be reliable. This means that I have to hold myself accountable, whether it is arriving to meetings on time, doing my assignment on a given play, or completing an assignment on time. Being consistent in everything you do will form bonds of trust with those around you.

CR: Over the years, I have learned to approach the game with a more positive manner. Whether a win or a loss, Coach Kindbom has taught us to keep our heads up in the face of adversity and to always look forward to the next play.

What is your favorite football memory at WashU?
BD: My favorite football memory would have to be when our team was selected to the NCAA playoffs in 2013.  The atmosphere was absolutely electric as our team was announced and the entire room erupted in excitement for everything that we had accomplished. 

CR: My favorite memory was the exciting aftermath upon hearing we would be playing in the NCAA playoffs my sophomore year.

What are your future plans upon graduation from WashU?
BD: I am currently applying to medical school and hope to matriculate in the fall of 2016.

CR: After a year of medical scribing in the St. Louis area, I plan on attending medical school.