Name: Marc-Ale Augustin
Hometown: Spring Valley, New York
Major: Athletic Training
Class of 2021
Fun Fact: I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Career Path: Collegiate Athletic Trainer
Why did you choose your major?
I chose athletic training because it was a cross between athletics and medicine. My high school athletic trainer was the first person I went to besides my mother, when I felt like something was wrong with me. The athletic training room was warm and inviting and what the students were learning intrigued me. I wanted to have the same impact on others as my high school athletic trainer had on me.
What advice would you give future students planning to pursue this major?
This major will take up a good chunk of your time because of the demands of clinicals. Be sure to take part in other activities that interest you as well, so you have a break from the rigors of your program. I’m a member of the Bell National Resource Center, Morrill Scholars Program, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Band of Brothers and African American Heritage Festival. Yes, it’s a lot but if you can manage your time and communicate well you can take part in different activities. Think of everyone in the program as a resource. Get to know the faculty and preceptors, they are always there to help. Try to find a faculty member or preceptor that you can best relate to and learn from them.
What has been the most helpful resource(s) to you at Ohio State?
My clinical coordinator, Samar Long, and my wrestling preceptor, Wil Turner, were the most influential to me. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion was my outlet from Athletic Training and the world at times.
What are you doing as a student at Ohio State that you never imagined you’d be doing?
I sit on panels and speak about diversity and inclusion, or the lack of, with university officials and community leaders.
Do you feel prepared for the future of your profession?
I have gained a lot of hands on experience and have been thoroughly challenged by both real life situations and mock scenarios. You will have a really good idea of what to do once you graduate.
What does “The future of health care begins here” mean to you?
The future of health care is determined by the decisions we make now. What we choose to learn, what we choose to implement and the ideologies we choose to accept.