Many people think that all student-athletes have time for is class and their sport. For Michael Martin of Fitchburg State cross country, his extra-curricular activities have also been a major part of his collegiate life.
The senior from Gardner, Mass. is in his fifth year at Fitchburg State while majoring in sociology and minoring in professional writing and business administration. It was an easy decision for Martin to attend Fitchburg State with its proximity to home, but the different course offerings made it even more appealing.
Martin hopes to someday work in either marketing or technical writing. Never wanting to limit himself, he is open to working in any field whether it be sports, music or another of his many hobbies and interests.
Being a three sport student-athlete has helped Martin learn how to balance like as a student, athlete and having a part-time on top of it. Working at the Gardner Ale House has been very rewarding for him with the chance to meet new people while also supporting himself, education and his hobbies.
One thing that most people don't know about him is that he is an Eagle Scout, the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). "Lead by example" was the mantra his scoutmaster taught Martin and it has helped him through every aspect of life.
Outside of his normal classwork, Martin had the chance to take a drawing class for an elective which quickly became a new favorite. As a kid, he enjoyed drawing, painting, and ceramics but didn't keep up with it. Having the class last year reignited his passion for it.
Last season, the Falcons finished first at the MASCAC Cross Country Championship. Martin crossed the line in 30:17 which was good enough for 36th. In this season's preseason poll, the team was picked to claim the championship again which would be their second straight.
If Martin could pick one person who has been the most influential, it would have to be former teammate Chris Kibler. Not only did he help Martin improve his time on the cross country course, but he showed him what someone can do with hardwork, dedication and passion.