Karter Ewing has his mind set on helping future athletes. When he isn't studying, he enjoys taking advantage of the free clubs and activities on campus including Cyclone Cinema or playing intramural sports.
High school prepares Karter to take on Iowa State
Karter realized he’d use the skills his high school education equipped him with in college once he started to plan out his weeks. Not necessarily the algebraic equations or the difference between an animal or plant cell, but the life skills.
“It helped me a lot with time management,” he said. “It definitely made the transition to college and being busy easier.”
In high school, he got involved in activities including football, track, band, orchestra, choir, speech, and drama. He kept that desire to participate in college, and even though he's not in as many activities currently, Karter said the level of time management required is similar.
“The capacity is the same, it’s less organizations but your academics get a lot harder in college,” he said. “I’m in less activities, but the things we do in clubs and classes makes my time management the same.”
Karter’s high school experience also set him on his career path studying kinesiology at Iowa State. In his sophomore year, he broke his ankle and following his recovery, sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee. Both injuries kept him off the field and in the gym working through physical therapy to become stronger again.
Following his strengthening training, Karter came back to athletics and had the best season of track his senior year. It was around this time Karter also decided he wouldn’t play college football. Instead he wanted to train to become a strength and conditioning coach.
“I really enjoyed the process as well as the thought of being able to better myself physically and mentally through lifting weights and training,” he said. “I enjoy passing on the knowledge and advice I got from my injury process more than playing the sport itself.”
Whether students are going through physical therapy or feeling overwhelmed with college, Karter has a piece of advice for students.
“Don’t cut yourself short,” he said. “You’re the only person who says what you can do with your life. If you don’t try, you’ll never know if you could do it.”