BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Rachael Motamed (Birmingham, Ala./Indian Springs HS) didn’t have to go very far to find her college home. A defender/midfielder for the Birmingham-Southern women’s soccer team, she grew up in the Inverness suburb of Birmingham her whole life. She was committed to study at the University of Alabama, but was contacted by the coach of BSC at the time and given the chance to play soccer collegiately. Motamed accepted the offer and changed plans to stay in Birmingham. “It was the best decision I’ve ever made to continue playing,” she said. By committing to Birmingham-Southern, Motamed followed in her father’s footsteps. He himself is a BSC grad, although he didn’t play any sports during his collegiate career.
Motamed is a chemistry/pre-med major and is currently applying to medical school. She has an interest in primary care and geriatrics, which she developed from her recent work at nursing homes.
Originally a biology major, Motamed switched to chemistry after forming a great relationship with a chemistry professor who became a mentor to her. One of the reasons for this is Motamed’s interest in the professor’s research and her desire to help. Together, they are doing research on cryptosporidiosis, which is a pathogen that causes disease and is extremely dangerous in countries with imuno-compromised people. The research could potentially serve as a drug design to help reduce the risk of the disease.
In addition to soccer and academics, Motamed is also a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, pre-health honors society, and is president of the mathematics society. Even though she isn’t a math major, Motamed has always enjoyed math and views the position as a hobby.
Her favorite part of being a student-athlete is the support she gets from her peers. She said the women’s soccer team has been working to get more fans to attend the games, and Motamed has enjoyed the results. “It’s kind of like a little mini fame on campus,” she said. “When I see my friends in the stands who don’t necessarily play soccer or know exactly what it is just being there supporting me, it’s really cool.”
The 1999 United States women’s national soccer team was a huge inspiration for Motamed, particularly Brandi Chastain. She wears number six, the same as Chastain. She cites the ‘99 national team as starting the women’s fight in soccer and enjoys seeing today’s athletes carrying on that fight.
Motamed said that her drive is the defining trait of her personality. “A lot of my friends consider it stubbornness,” she said. She never leaves a job half-finished; when she starts something, she will finish it no matter what. She attributes the development of this trait to her parents. Motamed believes her drive is a valuable quality to have, especially in the medical field, and knows it will help her in her profession later down the road.
Five years from now, she hopes to be doing her residency. Things are uncertain for now, but if she is able to get into medical school this cycle, then she’ll have a better idea of her next steps and what her near future will look like.
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