HARROD — Drake Carmean, a senior at Allen East High School, has dreams of becoming a doctor and he’s hoping to use his skills in sports to help get him there.
“At the start of my high school career, I started playing football, I wrestled and I ran track. Lately, I’ve kind of focused on wrestling because that’s what I found I was better at. I just worked really hard in the classroom and at wrestling and I tried to just focus on that. I’m hoping to go to college for wrestling and undergrad for med school,” Carmean said.
Carmean doesn’t just want to become any doctor. He wants to be a surgeon, “any type of surgeon, pretty much,” he said. “I just want to help people and there’s a lot of need for medical help. That’s what my brother’s doing too. I just find the human body really fascinating.”
His brother Dawson is in his third year of undergrad studies and is also working to become a surgeon.
Drake admits he’s been inspired by Dawson.
“A lot. Ever since he was in high school he was just a hard worker. He was always good at everything he did and I just look up to him,” he said.
Drake’s mom is also working in the medical field as a nurse assistant.
So does Drake have any trepidation going into the medical field in the middle of a pandemic?
“No, not really. I’m not really afraid of that. I just want to be able to try and help people,” he said.
Drake is hoping his experiences in sports will translate into skills he can utilize in his career.
“It’s just you got to practice and practice so you get things perfect and if you don’t want to practice then you obviously don’t want it enough. So all I do in wrestling is I just work as hard as I can and as much as I can and you can see the outcomes. I just love to be able to see what I’ve worked for and you see it out on the mat every time,” he said.
Drake is a three-year state qualifier in wrestling but because of the pandemic, he didn’t get to participate in the state tournament in the spring.
“I was projected to be in the state finals,” he said.
Getting used to a remote learning experience was something he caught on to quickly.
“It took a little bit getting used to, but after a couple of weeks, it was OK. I just had to get on a schedule and just keep working,” he said.
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