Category: Internship

Meet Jake Kluver

By: Premier Sport Psychology

Premier Sport Psychology is excited to introduce one of our Summer interns, Jake Kluver!  Read below to learn more about Jake!

Let’s start with a fun fact about yourself.

I ran over 5000 miles over the course of last year.

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

I’ve always dreamed of traveling to the Patagonia Mountains in Chile and Argentina.

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

I’m a big fan of Marvel movies and I’ve seen them all many times, but my favorite show on Netflix would have to be Daredevil.

What is your favorite song? Favorite artist?

My favorite artist is hands down Logic; I’ve seen him in concert four times now, and my favorite song by him would be Super Mario World.

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 would probably bring my best friend, that way we can at least laugh about the situation together. I would also bring the “Physicians Desk Reference. Hollowed out. Inside, waterproof matches, iodine tablets, beet seeds, protein bars, NASA blanket, and, in case I get bored, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” No, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” – Dwight Schrute. 

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

I know it’s been done a lot, but I’ve always wanted to be able to fly… that way I can travel wherever I want and not have to pay for those crazy expensive airline tickets.

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

I grew up watching Shaun White win the X Games Gold Medal on the Half Pipe, so naturally, I dreamed of being a professional snowboarder. 

What is one thing that scares you?   

Definitely snakes. I don’t know what it is but even little ones like Gardner snakes freak me out.

Favorite sport to play? How about to watch?

My favorite sport to play is definitely lacrosse, but don’t get me wrong I love running, so much so that I got it tattooed on me. My favorite sport to watch would have to be professional snowboarding or Track & Field.

What is your experience with sports?

I grew up playing soccer as most kids do and ended up playing until high school, tried basketball and wrestling for a few years, and I also played lacrosse for three years. Finally, I settled on Cross Country and Track and Field entering into my freshman year of high school, and am still competing in both today. 

What has drawn you to the sport psychology world?

To make a long story short, my high school track coach always made us set goals and visualize before our races and it always helped me to feel calm and prepared, but I didn’t really know the true importance of those skills until I got to college, where our team relies more on self-coaching. With a lack of leadership, my early athletic career seemed filled with injuries and constant setbacks, until I went back to those skills I had practiced during high school. I dove in and did a lot of my own research into mindset training and how effective it can be in every area of life. I’ve always known that I wanted to work with athletes, I just didn’t know where, but after exploring the world of sport psychology and also getting to see the world of athletic training up close and personal, I realized that I wanted to focus more on the mental side of training with athletes, which is most often an afterthought, but is now gaining a lot of traction in the world of high-level sports. I am currently a personal trainer and I have helped many individuals reach a higher level of physical fitness, but I see myself as becoming a trainer for the athlete’s mind and helping them to reach a new level of mental fitness, which can often be the edge they need in the competition.

What is your educational background and future aspirations?

I went to Buffalo High School and just finished up my Junior year at the University of Minnesota Duluth. My plan for the future is to take a year off after I finish my undergraduate work, in order to move out to the West Coast where I’m hoping to attend a graduate school in order to achieve my Master’s Degree from an applied sport psychology program. From there I plan to work toward reaching my Doctorate in Sport Psychology. And way, way down the road, I would like to move back here to Minnesota and build a position for myself at UMD, helping student-athletes reach a higher level of success in all their endeavors.

Meet Bailey Thompson

By: Premier Sport Psychology

Premier Sport Psychology is excited to introduce one of our Summer interns, Bailey Thompson!  Read below to learn more about Bailey!

Let’s start with a fun fact about yourself.

I recorded two CD’s that were sold in Target when I was 11 years old. Unfortunately that was the extent of my singing career.

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

If I could travel anywhere, I would go to Switzerland because I love the outdoors and am in love with the Swiss Alps! It would be a dream come true to go hiking there.

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

My favorite show on Netflix is New Girl, Nick Miller is just incredible!

What is your favorite song? Favorite artist?

I love Johnny Cash! I got to go to the Johnny Cash museum in Nashville over spring break and it was the coolest thing ever!

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 would bring my mom and a pocket knife. My mom has a lot of survival knowledge, and the pocket knife would come in handy.

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

I really want to be able to fly. I think it would be so cool to be able

to travel anywhere I wanted that way.

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

In kindergarten, I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up.

What is one thing that scares you?   

I hate being tickled. It freaks me out.

Favorite sport to play? How about to watch?

I love playing hockey! But my favorite sport to watch is volleyball, I love how fast-paced it is and the way the girls sell-out on the court.

What is your experience with sports?

I have played hockey for 16 years and currently play at Bethel University. In high school, I also played softball and volleyball. I’ve also recently started my coaching career in hockey.

What has drawn you to the sport psychology world?

Simply stated, I love sports and I love psychology, so I figured Sport Psychology would allow me to combine my two passions. I have always enjoyed understanding the dynamics of teams I’ve been on and how coaches are able to influence players, so I hope to further my curiosities through a career in sport psychology.

What is your educational background and future aspirations?

I graduated from Mounds View high school in 2016, and will be graduating with a Psychology degree and a minor in Leadership Studies from Bethel University in the spring of 2020. I hope to further my education by pursuing a master’s degree and eventually doctorate degree within the field of Sport Psychology.

Meet Jordan Stewart

By: Premier Sport Psychology

Premier Sport Psychology is excited to introduce our Spring Intern of 2019, Jordan Stewart!  Read below to learn more about Jordan!

Let’s start with a fun fact about yourself.

A fun fact about me… I’m a cat mom!

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

I would go to Ireland

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

Dexter

What is your favorite song? Favorite artist?

My ultimate favorite song is Tiny Dancer by Elton John. My favorite artist is Mac Miller.

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 would bring my best friend Frank for comic relief and I would bring a trumpet because I love music and that is the only instrument I know how to play.

 

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

I would want super speed!

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

I wanted to be a doctor.

What is one thing that scares you?

Bugs!!! Any type of bug!

Favorite sport to play? How about to watch?

Favorite sport to play, ice hockey! Gymnastics is my favorite to watch. Their athletic ability is amazing!

What is your experience with sports?

I have been a multi-sport athlete all of my life. I come from a family of athletes, with my mom being a former DIV. I diver in college, my dad playing football, and both of my older brothers were also athletes. My two main sports in high school were hockey and soccer. I currently play DIV. I  women’s hockey at St. Cloud State University.

What has drawn you to the sport psychology world?

There have been a number of items that have drawn me to the sport psychology world. I knew that I wanted to be a sport psychologist when I had personally experienced the high demand of being an athlete. I would have loved to have had a sport psychologist at that point, but my athletic department did not provide one. With my experience and understanding of the sport and the societal pressures, I would love to be able to help and give back.

What is your educational background and future aspirations?

I am currently a senior pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at St. Cloud State University. I plan on attending graduate school Fall of 2019, at Adler University. I will be earning a Master’s degree in counseling, specializing in sport and health. I look forward to working with high school and collegiate athletes to enhance their athletic performance. Further down the road, I would love to give back to the educational system and teach

courses in sport psychology!

Meet Laina Nelson

By: Premier Sport Psychology

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

Let’s start with a fun fact about yourself.

I absolutely love sports, but I also love music and performing. I have been writing music since I was about 13 years old and bought my first guitar. A couple years ago I even got to record my own music in Nashville.

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

That is a tough question. I absolutely love to travel, but I have always really wanted to see Niagara Falls or Bora Bora. For real, I would be open to going anywhere!

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

I am a total binge-watcher when it comes to Netflix. The most recent shows I have binge-watched would be One Tree Hill, Criminal Minds, or Grey’s Anatomy.

What is your favorite song? Favorite artist?

My favorite artist would hands down be Imagine Dragons! I have had the opportunity to see them perform a few different times and they are incredible. They can totally rock out or strip down their songs to really beautiful acoustic versions. My favorite song pretty much alternates between different songs by them but right now it is probably Whatever It Takes. They have a song for every occasion for sure!

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 would probably bring my boyfriend. He is incredibly clever and “outdoorsy” so he would be a great choice. It would be a learning experience for sure, haha. The item I would bring would be my guitar so we could play music on the beach or around the campfire if we managed to build one.

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

Teleportation. I believe it would come in handy every now and then because then you can pretty much go wherever you want whenever you want. But then you can also play it cool and choose not too teleport if you’re traveling with others!

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

In Kindergarten, I wanted to be a famous singer when I grew up. There is a library of home-videos of me singing into a toy karaoke machine at home!

What is one thing that scares you?

Clowns. I have never, and will never, be a fan. I am not even sure why.

Favorite sport to play? How about to watch?

My favorite sport to play is definitely basketball. It was my favorite sport in high school and I really miss getting to play with my team. It is still fun to just go shoot baskets or play pick up games with others. Due to spending my undergraduate years attending North Dakota State University, my favorite sport to watch is probably football. Go Bison!

What is your experience with sports?

I grew up playing sports with my family and friends in the community. Being from a small town, it was one of the most fun ways to hangout and spend time with others. Throughout high school, I was a three-sport athlete and played volleyball, basketball, and softball. In college, I even took classes and was a part of an all-women boxing team. I still look back at my experiences in athletics and think of them as some of the most fun memories I have!

What has drawn you to the sports psychology world?

My family has always gathered around sports. My dad was a basketball and football coach back in the day, so growing up passionate about sports definitely helped direct me. To be honest, I had not heard about sport psychology until I attended college, and I fell in love with the idea of it! Ever since, I have been dedicated to creating my own path and growing in knowledge and experience in the field. I love hearing sport success stories, so the idea of possibly playing a role in someone’s success toward their dream is amazing. I have seen burnout, tough return-to-play situations, performance anxiety, and other psychological phenomenon with my own eyes, so becoming educated in the field and reflecting on these experiences is very interesting to me. Everybody knows the importance of the physical aspect of sport, but to emphasize the importance and integration of the psychological aspect as well is so important now more than ever.

What is your educational background and future aspirations?

I am a recent graduate from North Dakota State University, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. I was determined to make my own path and took some classes within exercise science and athletic training as well to really combine my areas of study and prepare me for sport psychology. I am in the application process for graduate programs and am super excited to further my education in the sport psychology field! My future aspirations are to obtain a PhD and prepare to become a licensed Sport Psychologist either within private practice or in a collegiate setting. With the field growing, I would love to see more programs and practices emerge in areas of the United States that are lacking in mental health services specialized for athletes so struggling athletes will have more access to what they need.

Meet Joe Brinkman

By: Premier Sport Psychology

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

Let’s start with a fun fact about yourself.

I am the oldest of eight kids in my family! It is a crazy household, but I would never trade it to be an only child with a quiet house. That just sounds way too boring.

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

I could never pick one place! There are so many different things I want to see and explore in this world. Rome is definitely towards the top, as well as Ireland and New Zealand. Trying to pick one destination is a nightmare!

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

I don’t watch a whole lot of Netflix actually. I have finished two shows and one took me almost a year and a half. Arrow, with Stephen Amell is one that I finished and that was super interesting. I really like Criminal Minds as well.

What is your favorite song? Favorite artist?

If I were to pick a song I would be lying. I don’t have a favorite song because it is changing all the time. I have my favorites here and there which I feel like is pretty normal. I can’t pick a favorite artist either, but the first one that popped into my head was The Chainsmokers.

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

Bear Grylls for sure! I feel like he just knows everything when it comes to all the adventure and outdoors stuff. Plus I think it would be super fun to learn from him! For an item, I would bring a bow and arrow. If I’m on a deserted island I might as well learn how to hit a squirrel while it’s jumping from one tree to another, you never know when that will be handy!

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

If I could have a super power it would be teleportation. It would be like Dorothy’s ruby slippers on steroids! The convenience of teleportation and cutting out travel expense is prime. Although, a road trip here and there would never hurt.

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

In Kindergarten I really wanted to be a major league baseball player. I’m not even quite sure why. Maybe it was because I liked Derek Jeter so much but who knows.

What is one thing that scares you?

Seeing “missed call from Mom”. On a more serious note, I am super afraid of one of my family members or people that I care about passing away. I think that just leads into my fear of the unknown. However I realize that not knowing everything lets us have our own journey.

Favorite sport to play? How about to watch?

My favorite sport to play would probably be football, but golf is certainly on the top as well. I really enjoy watching a lot of sports, but college football would take the cake.

What is your experience with sports?

I played just about every sport I was exposed to growing up. Through high school I played football, basketball and golf. I brought golf into college as well as basketball for a year. I have a deep passion for the game of golf and learning as much as I can about it. I am asked all the time how my “babies” (golf clubs) are doing.

What has drawn you to the sports psychology world?

I was first drawn to the sports psychology world when I started reading books written by Dr. Bob Rotella. What stamped me going into this field though was an experience I had with my sister. I worked with her for a week leading up to the second day of the section meet her senior year of high school. She didn’t play well the first day and was sitting outside the cut line for state, but if she played well enough she could make it. I didn’t mess with her mechanics or swing at all. For a week I just tried to increase her ability to focus and confidence levels. She bought in and shot the best round of her life, an even par round of 72. It was her first time in the 70’s as well.

What is your educational background and future aspirations?

I am starting my fourth year at Mount Marty College this fall. I am working on a Psychology degree with an English writing minor. I plan on attending a graduate program for sport psychology after attaining my undergrad. I still have a lot of things to think about and decisions to make. One of my ultimate goals is not only to work with college athletes and their performance, but to help form them as a person.