Q&A with Dr. Matt Laurent

Matt Laurent, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Program Coordinator, Exercise Science

School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies

 

Alma mater(s) with years 

  • West Texas A&M University, B.S. Sports and Exercise Science, 2003
  • West Texas A&M University, M.S. Sports and Exercise Science, 2005
  • The University of Alabama, Ph.D. Human Performance, 2009

Years at BGSU:  6
 

Research interest:

Mediating factors of fatigue and recovery during and following high intensity exercise. Also, the role of perceptual response in fatigue and recovery.

FUN FACT:

My favorite movie is Christmas Vacation and I can quote every word! I watch it at least 20 times a year between Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Q&A with Dr. Laurent

What is your favorite part about teaching?
I think my favorite part is when I see a student ‘get it’. When you get to be a part of a lightbulb moment, whether it be a concept taught in class, or someone figuring out what they want to do with their education, those are really neat moments to be a part of.


What advice would you give to students heading out into the real world?

Understand that you have to ‘pay your dues’…with few exceptions, you will most likely need to start at the bottom and move up so enjoy the process and learn everything you can with every experience (both good and bad).


What is your greatest academic achievement so far?

Honestly, I think my greatest academic moments of achievement come through seeing my former students succeed and staying in touch with me. This is especially true as I see some of my former mentees finish their Ph.D.s and start their own academic careers. It's really neat to see someone, whom I saw so much potential in, see it through!


Why did you decide to come to BGSU and teach in EDHD?

When there was an opening, a colleague of mine really encouraged me to look at the position and school. When I started to learn more about the University and program I was really encouraged and thought it would be a great fit. During my interview BG just feld right and was fortunate enough to be offered the position.


You often talk about the fact that you didn't truly invest in your education until your junior year of college. Why is it so important for students to invest in their educational experience?

The sooner students start to link learning in the classroom with experiential learning, the more prepared they are to be a successful professional. We tell our students to get experience as early in their careers as possible in order to really invest in the educational experience. 


How did you get started in your field?

I didn’t start off as an exercise science major – a buddy of mine was nervous to take a class called exercise physiology and I needed an elective so he asked me to take it with him. I did and that class made me realize this is what I wanted to do with my career. I wasn’t sure at that time what exactly I wanted to do, but I knew it was in this field.


What was the best piece of advice you received as a student?

Begin with the end in mind. Such good advice!  I really try to relay that to our students. College is a process and there is not an ‘Ah hah’ moment at graduation but it should be a 4-year (or more if you go to graduate school) process. If you are not focused on the ‘end’ and understand that every year, semester and course, is part of a bigger picture, you can sort of forget why you’re here.