Premier Sport Psychology is excited to introduce one of our Summer 2018 interns, Matt Bartholomew!  Read below to learn more about Matt.

Let’s start with a fun fact about yourself.

I won a collegiate national championship in handball with the University of Minnesota this last fall.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I have always wanted to go to New Zealand, specifically the South Island. The pictures just look gorgeous, as there are beautiful coasts back-dropped by incredible mountain ranges. It is something I really need to see for myself.

What is the best show you’ve watched on Netflix?

The best show I’ve watched on Netflix is The Office. Parks & Recreation is also really good, but nothing beats the back and forth between Jim and Dwight.

What is your favorite song? Favorite artist?

My favorite song is either Drops of Jupiter or Piano Man. My favorite artist is the Beatles.

You are being sent to a deserted island you can bring one person and one item, who and what would you bring, and why?

I am bringing my brother because I feel like we would work well together to try to escape the island as soon as possible. I would bring some golf clubs because I figure I’ll have enough time to maybe become an okay golfer.

If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?

I would love to be able to be able to read minds. It would be very interesting to know what everyone is thinking at any particular time.

When you were in Kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in Kindergarten I wanted to play professional basketball. That dream was quickly shattered when I learned I wasn’t supposed to grow past 6 foot.

What is one thing that scares you?

I am deathly afraid of drowning. I really don’t know why, I just feel like that would be a really traumatic way to die.

Favorite sport to play? How about to watch?

My favorite sport to play is probably basketball. My favorite sport to watch is soccer, especially the world cup or the English Premier League.

What is your experience with sports?

I tried out just about every sport growing up. I settled on basketball, baseball and football. I played basketball and football throughout high school, and won 2 state championships in football.

What has drawn you to the sports psychology world?

I have always been interested in the mental side of sports, and became especially interested after taking a sport psychology class in college. I find it fascinating that so much of athletic performance is on the mental side of things, yet many athletes never even consider working to get better at it.

What is your educational background and future aspirations?

In May I graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities with a B.S. in Kinesiology. I am looking to further my education in Sports Psychology and hopefully work in a college athletic department, working with young athletes to maximize their potential on the playing field.