Sociology Senior Internship
Mario N. Felix
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Dr. Earl Bland
As I have now reached the pinnacle of my bachelor’s degree at MidAmerica Nazarene University, I have now been given the assignment to select an Internship pertaining to my choice of occupation in the Sociology/Psychology world. Four years of courses dealing with; disorders, psychological functions, social and biological structures, the task of actually selecting a particular field seems to be more time consuming within itself, rather than the actual internship taking place. As I am now nearing the next stage in my life, I feel as if Sports Psychology suits me best. The tools I have learned in class, as well as the life experiences I have faced, on and off the field being an athlete, I feel like this would be the best way to intern, and observe the behind the scenes life of sports, when “x’s and o’s” aren’t the main concern. With that being said, I have decided to observe within my own comfort zone, in the field of coaching, but with an emphasis of observing the psychological aspects, between coach and player.
It is somewhat obvious that our football team at MidAmerica Nazarene University consists of a large number of African America males. This is not intended on being stereotypical, but a lot of our players have grown up in rough neighborhoods, broken families, and a lot of the time religion has be a foreign concept to these kids. My focus will not only be on the African American Community on the football team, I am mindful to the fact that there will be problems faced within every race on the football team. Prior to being a coach at MidAmerica, I was once a player here and I have noticed who has dealt with the most problems while being put into an environment like MidAmerica coming from a pretty broken lifestyle during their teenage years.
Even though there aren’t any qualified personnel on our coaching staff to...