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The Doctor Is In
Senior Matt Dooley
 
Senior Matt Dooley

Feb. 12, 2014

By Tayler Turner ‘14

When summer break finally rolls around, it offers college students a much needed breather from the challenges of being an undergraduate. For your average student, summer is a chance to go home and recuperate after the grueling stress of a semester and—more immediately—finals week.

But Matt Dooley of the Notre Dame men’s tennis team is no average student, and last summer was a completely different story.

Instead of rushing home to the warm San Antonio weather as soon as school let out, Dooley stayed in the South Bend area to study for the notorious MCATs in hopes of one day becoming a doctor. He didn’t make the process easy on himself either—instead of studying all semester long for the challenging test, Dooley purposely left all of his MCAT studying until after he finished with school and tennis.

“I am one of those people who needs to focus on what I am doing right now at this very moment,” Dooley explains, “Last semester, I took my MCAT May 30, and it was also my first season starting full travel with the tennis team. That added a pressure of balancing this new factor of tennis in my life and it was much more taxing. I asked myself,  ‘What can I do right now to make my life easier and move in the direction I want to go?’ and I decided that I needed to focus purely on tennis and my grades at the time, all while knowing that this left only 17 days to study for the MCAT.”

You didn’t misread that. Dooley waited until he only had 17 days left to start studying for the biggest test of his college career. Even though he left himself with limited study time, the science-business major never doubted himself once.

“I knew it would be tough, but I trusted myself to get the work done,” says Dooley. “I knew I had the determination to put the hours in, and I knew I had a great base because Notre Dame is such an amazing educational institution.”

As soon as school let out and the team’s tennis season was over, Dooley committed himself completely to studying for the MCATs, logging six or seven hours of studying a day. In addition, the senior stayed around campus to help fellow teammate and close friend Greg Andrews in his preparation for the NCAA singles competition.

His typical day consisted of three hours of studying every morning followed by two hours of training with Andrews. After that, the senior would spend time working out at the gym by himself before returning home only to study for at least four more hours.

“I wouldn’t want to do it again,” he laughs. “It was rough.”

Fortunately for Dooley, he won’t have to do it again, as his scores the first time around seem to have done the trick. Regardless of his cram style study methods, Dooley recently gained admittance into medical school at the University of San Antonio Uthscsa.

Although he is still making a decision about where he wants to go, Dooley is excited about the prospect of attending a medical school back in his home town of San Antiono, Texas. Additionally, the senior already knows many of the doctors employed at Uthscsa and the hospitals near the university due to past summer internship experiences.

As for which field of medicine to pursue, Dooley is still uncertain. However, as of now, both surgery and internal medicine are attractive options to him.

“I can see myself in both surgery and a medicine based field because they are tailored towards what I’ve been doing my whole life,” explains Dooley. “Surgery is very similar to athletics because you perfect a particular skill and work towards getting better. I can see the parallels there and I love it. And internal medicine is so much more intellectual and cerebral by taking one hint at a time and moving forward. It’s a puzzle and I love that, too. I’m kind of taking it as it comes and going to make that decision as late as possible.”

Even though he has still not decided on a branch of medicine, Dooley’s future is certainly bright. As for now, he can finally begin to relax and spend his senior spring focusing on tennis and his last season with the guys.

The tennis team is off to a 7-1 start—one of their best in program history—which includes knocking off a top-10 opponent on the road. For Dooley, the prospect of an amazing tennis season is the cherry on top of the cake.

“I couldn’t be happier— the team is doing fantastic! We have so many talented guys, and I’m really excited to be a part of it.”

--ND--


 

 

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September 22
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 23
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 24
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 25
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 26
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 27
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 28
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 29
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 30
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 2
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 2
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 3
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 4
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 6
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 7
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 7
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 8
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 8
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 9
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 9
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 10
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 20
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 21
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 22
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 23
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 24
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 28
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 29
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 30
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 31
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 1
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 2
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 3
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 3
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
November 4
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 5
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
November 5
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 5
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
January 20
3:30 PM
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 22
12:00 PM
Kentucky
Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center)
January 27
1:30 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Complex)
January 28
3:00 PM
TBA
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Complex)
February 4
10:00 AM
Monmouth N.J.
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 4
3:00 PM
William & Mary
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 11
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
12:00 PM
Illinois
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
5:00 PM
Detroit
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 19
12:00 PM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 24
6:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 3
6:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
March 11
12:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
March 18
2:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 24
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burrleson Tennis Center)
March 31
3:30 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 2
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 7
3:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Speicher Tennis Center)
April 9
12:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center)
April 14
3:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Center)
April 16
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
April 21
3:30 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 23
12:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 26
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 27
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 28
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 29
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 30
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
May 12
All Day
NCAA Championships
TBD

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