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Women's soccer players Lexi and Caroline Orman and Dr. Alan Jung

About Lexi and Caroline Orman:
  • Junior defender (Lexi) and forward (Caroline)
  • Natives of Atlanta, Ga. 
  • Health science majors

About Dr. Jung: 

  • Dean of the School of Health Professions and Professor in the Department of Kinesiology
  • Owns a B.S. in Psychology and B.S. in Communication Studies from James Madison, an M.S. in Exercise Science from Appalachian State and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama
  • Has been teaching full-time in higher education since 2003 and has been at Samford since 2006

Lexi & Caroline Orman with Dr. Jung on Samford's campus

Q&A with Lexi Orman:

  • What did you like most about Dr. Jung's class? The thing that I like most about Dr. Jung’s class is how well it can be applied to my everyday life and future profession. I love classes that engage the students on a deeper level that go beyond the material in class, and that is exactly what class with Dr. Jung is like. He not only teaches the assigned material for the semester, but also teaches valuable skills that are necessary for us later down the road. With that being said, it allows the class to be more engaging and fun than others.
  •  What makes Dr. Jung a good teacher? I think what makes Dr. Jung such an amazing and special teacher is the way he uses his gifts that the Lord has given him to serve others. He is a teacher that goes the extra mile for his students and truly cares about the success of all of his students. He is always willing to meet with students whether it is regarding class material or not. He also loves forming relationships with his students and being invested in each of his student’s lives. Here is a quick story that perfectly illustrates Dr. Jung’s heart. During the summer, Caroline, my twin, and I ran into him on campus, and he noticed that we were stressed about our future plans. So, he decided to reach out to us that same day expressing his concern for us and asked us to stop by his office and talk to him. He was able to pour out his wisdom into us and give us advice. Our conversation with him that day during the summer helped us tremendously, and we can’t put into words how thankful we are to have him as a mentor in our lives. His great care and concern that he has for others and his willingness to sacrifice his time truly shows how big his heart is. He shines the light of Christ wherever he goes, is the most selfless person, and pours into his students daily.   
  • What is something you’re involved in outside of class and sports that we may not know? During this past summer, I was able to get more involved in the Birmingham community. Caroline and I volunteered at the Bell Center, which is a place that helps provide early intervention services for kids who may be developmentally delayed. However, children do not necessarily have to have a delay or a specific diagnosis in order to go to the Bell Center. Volunteering at the Bell Center this past summer was such a joy because I got to help impact many kids and put smiles on their faces. It also allowed me to get more involved in the Birmingham community and have an impact on it. I think it is really important to make an effort to get involved with your community and things outside of your own bubble. After volunteering this past summer, I have learned more clearly how important it is to become involved in your own community, and I hope to continue getting more involved in it.
  • How do you manage academics, athletics and a social life? What is your key to good time management? Managing academics, athletics, and a social life can be very demanding and stressful at times, but much of my stress can be prevented from good time management skills. Since I have grown up playing soccer my whole life, I would say that I am pretty good at managing my time when it comes to school, soccer, and social life. When I first started college, I can honestly say that it was not too difficult for me to manage my school life, soccer life, and social life because I have been dealing with this my entire life. When it comes to school, I think the key to good time management for me is allowing myself enough time to study and do work weeks in advance to avoid waiting until the last minute to do something. When it comes to all three of these things, I try my best to not spend an excessive amount of time on one thing. I try my best to balance out time focused on my studies, time hanging out with friends, and time playing soccer. I think that in order to be able to do this, you have to be driven and willing to put in the time and effort that each one of these takes. It isn’t easy that’s for sure, but hard work can make a huge difference!
  • What is your favorite spot on campus? This is a tough question because there are so many places to go on campus and our campus is so beautiful. But, I would say that my favorite spot to go is probably in the quad. On a nice and sunny day, I like to bring a blanket and do work there. I only have done this a couple of times, but when I do, I love it. I love being outdoors, so whenever I have a chance to, I will be outside. I think the quad is one of the best places to go because it is the most central part of campus where everyone is.
  • What is the most important skill you've learned through participation in your sport? I think that the most important skill that I’ve learned through playing soccer is hard work and determination. In order to be successful at whatever you do in life, you have to put in the time, effort, and energy. I’ve learned that hard work beats talent when talent isn’t working hard. I know that phrase may sound cliché, but it is 100% the truth. My coach always tells our team before the game, “All I ask of you is to work hard, have fun, and do your best.” The hard work that you put into something will go a long way for you in life. As I have understood more clearly what hard work looks like on the soccer field, I have been able to apply this to all aspects of my life. I have been able to become more driven throughout the years in school, soccer, friendships, etc. because of the hard work that I have learned is needed to succeed on the field. The same hard work that is required on the field is also required off the field in all areas of life. This is just one skill out of numerous that I have learned from my time playing soccer.
  • Do you have any nicknames? Or if you could choose your own, what would it be and why? Many people call me Lex and have been calling me that practically for my entire life now. So, I think I would still choose the nickname Lex because I am so used to it and have grown up being called that throughout the years. My real name is actually Alexis, and for some reason, that name just didn’t stick. My parents started calling me Lexi, short for Alexis, from a very young age, and I’ve gone by that name ever since. However, over the years, Lexi has been abbreviated into Lex, and many people like to call me this. 
  • What are your plans post grad? I am still not quite sure what my future plans post grad are going to be. It is crazy to believe that I will already be a senior next year and need to have my life somewhat figured out. I am a Health Science major and love what the medical field offers. Although I’m not entirely sure on the path that I will eventually go down, I know that I am definitely leaning towards pursuing occupational or physical therapy. I absolutely love the therapy side of things and helping others get back to their fullest potential. I think it would be awesome to be able to witness a person’s journey and improvement throughout their therapy. I love how rewarding these jobs are, and the impact that I would be able to make on so many people’s lives. I also love people and forming relationships with others, so I think one of these professions would be very fitting for me. By the end of this semester, I hope to have more clarity on what I want to do, and once I do, I will start looking at graduate programs. I plan on attending graduate school for either OT or PT when I graduate Samford in 2021.

    Q&A with Caroline Orman:

  • What did you like most about Dr. Jung's class? Dr. Jung is a very intelligent and driven man, and I was extremely excited to take the Introduction to Kinesiology course freshman year with him. Throughout the semester, different people from different health care professions came and spoke to the class about their journey to get where they are today. This was extremely interesting and helpful to hear each person's journey and the difficulties they may have faced. I loved how this class incorporated real life examples and allowed us to listen to other people’s experiences and accomplishments that were once in our shoes sitting in the same classroom a few years ago.
  •  What makes Dr. Jung a good teacher? Dr. Jung teaches with such a strong passion for kinesiology and the health profession field. He not only loves what he is teaching, but his love for his students is displayed everyday in the classroom. His care for his students is also shown everyday. One example of this was that he would ask his students in his class how they were doing. This shows that he wanted to invest time in students’ lives and form relationships with his students. In addition, Dr. Jung would reiterate the importance of using your gifts to serve others. He would always say that it did not matter what you did, but if you were using your gifts to serve others and glorifying God while doing so, that was the most important thing. I have carried this motto throughout my time at Samford, and I am so thankful that Dr. Jung introduced it to me when I was a freshman.
  • What is something you’re involved in outside of class and sports that we may not know? During this past summer, I was able to volunteer at the Bell Center and am hoping to do it this spring. The Bell Center is a place where children with a variety of special needs, such as cerebral palsy or Down syndrome, come and receive some type of therapy. It allowed me to be exposed to the different health care professions, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology, and allowed me to see how each of these professions works together. Volunteering at the Bell Center was an amazing, rewarding experience, and I hope to volunteer there again during the spring when I don’t have as much soccer on the weekends. Not only did it allow me to understand the different health care professions and how they work together, but it also gave me the opportunity to be involved in the Birmingham community.
  • How do you manage academics, athletics and a social life? What is your key to good time management? Managing academics, athletics, and a social life can be hard, but it is attainable. I try to manage my time by doing my schoolwork during the day in between my classes. Although my social life is limited because of school and soccer, I still try to find time to hang out with friends even if it is just for an hour. Spending time with friends, as well as soccer, is a great outlet for me when school gets stressful. My key to good time management is doing my work during the school day in between my classes and whenever I have spare time on my hands. Although it is difficult, I have learned to manage my time well through hard work and determination throughout my entire life.
  • What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is probably the deck on top of the business school. It is a beautiful view and overlooks the campus. I sometimes study up there when the weather is nice and it isn't too hot.
  • What is the most important skill you've learned through participation in your sport? The most important skill I have learned through participation in my sport is hard work. Anything in life involves hard work, and I have been able to learn this important life skill through soccer. Practicing almost everyday requires hard work and determination. Hard work allows you to be disciplined and achieve things that you could never have imagined. Hard work goes a long way in life, whether it is a skill used on the soccer field or in the classroom, and is one of the most important skills I have learned while playing soccer.
  • Do you have any nicknames? Or if you could choose your own, what would it be and why? I probably would choose Care because so many people have called me that at Samford. Although it does not really have any significance behind it, both my friends and family call me that because it is easier to say than Caroline.
  • What are your plans post grad? I am not entirely sure what I want to do, but I am leaning towards the direction of receiving a degree in speech language pathology and going to graduate school after Samford. Speech language pathology can be a very rewarding job because you can make an impact on someone’s life, which is exciting to be a part of.

    Q&A with Dr. Jung

  • What was it like having Lexi and Caroline in your class? Caroline and Lexi are remarkable individuals. They set standards of excellence for themselves that far exceed expectations others may set for them. This trait not only makes Caroline and Lexi successful, it makes those around them better as well.  They bring their best effort regardless of the task, and they always express a desire to learn and to improve. However, even more impressive is their character, integrity, and desire to serve others.  Caroline and Lexi put others before themselves, and it is no surprise that they want to work in healthcare to help others.
  • What is your favorite sport or hobby? What do you like to do in your free time? Spending time with my wife and four children is one of my greatest joys. Whether it is watching our kids in their activities, eating a meal together, walking the dogs, or just sitting on the couch watching television, time with my family is my favorite hobby. I also enjoy travelling, trying new foods, and cooking breakfast for my family.
  • How often are you able to watch your student-athletes compete? Not as often as I would like, but I love having the opportunity to do so. I feel like a proud parent watching my students participate and succeed in arenas outside of academics.  It is just another way I am able to observe them use their gifts and talents. 
  • What’s your favorite spot on campus? I would say the classroom, but actually, it is any place where I have the opportunity to talk with students.  Students are the reason I am in higher education.  They motivate and inspire me, and it is my privilege to work with them. 
  • What is your favorite thing about teaching? Without question, the best thing about teaching is the opportunity to work with students.  They are the reason I do what I do.  My doctoral advisor told me before my first class, “Remember, you are teaching students not just subject matter.”  This changed my life.  I love my discipline, and I love to share this with my students, but it is simply the tool I have been given to reach students.  Teaching not only allows me to share content knowledge; it provides the opportunity to serve and mentor students, to help them grow outside of the classroom, and to help them find their calling.  Seeing students succeed in the classroom, in their vocations, and in life is very fulfilling.
  • What would students be surprised to find out about you? Students might be surprised to hear that I don’t really like public speaking. It is what I do for a living as a teacher, but I rarely seek out the stage. I also love a good hole-in-the-wall restaurant. 
  • What is one class your schools offers that you wish you could take? Food, Culture and Society or Experimental Foods. I love all things related to food.

About Classroom Connections: In its second year, Classroom Connections is a weekly feature that showcases student-athletes away from the playing field and highlights the relationship between student-athlete and professor. 

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