Meet Abigail Schintzius… Future Sports Medicine MD!
Abigail and her entire family came decked in Mississippi State University shirts the day that they came to Murphy Law Firm to pick up Abigail’s $500 scholarship. She just graduated from Lithia Springs High School in Douglasville, GA, just a month before winning the scholarship, and was days away from starting her journey at Mississippi State University.
A brief interview with Abigail gave us a peek into the superstar’s life:
Murphy Law Firm: Tell us about your goals and dreams. Where do you want to be in five years?
Abigail: To graduate college with honors. I change my major in my mind all the time. So, my goal is to graduate college with honors.
Murphy Law Firm: Where are you going to school?
Abigail: (Laughs) Mississippi State University. We are all wearing the shirts.
Murphy Law Firm: We see that! So, what is your major at the moment?
Abigail: Right now? It’s sports medicine.
Murphy Law Firm: Interesting field. Why sports medicine?
Abigail: I love watching football, and I’ve always been interested in it.
Murphy Law Firm: Really? That’s so great! Who is your favorite team?
Murphy Law Firm: (laughing) Can’t say we are too surprised there. So getting right to it, you did a phenomenal job on your essay, and your final report card was very impressive. What helped you get through the hurdles of high school to become an achiever?
Abigail: Both my parents pushing me. I did IB for two years. In my junior year, I dropped out of IB, and then in my senior year, I was so ahead because of IB, I did dual enrollment with Georgia Highlands College, and was able to get high school and college credits at the same time. My parents really pushed me with my school work, and that helped me.
Murphy Law Firm: Sounds like your parents were a driving force for you. If you could tell them one thing, what would you say?
Abigail: I’d thank them for getting me through everything, and for pushing me.
Murphy Law Firm: That’s so great. They did a great job, and so did you. Speaking of which, we wanted to discuss your essay on distracted driving. What did you learn from the essay?
Abigail: Honestly, I learned a lot. What shocked me the most was the number of people affected by texting and driving. I mean, I am really good about not texting and driving, but I’m even more resolved not to do so after seeing what has happened to other people.
Murphy Law Firm: So, what do you do to keep yourself from picking up the phone while driving?
Abigail: Usually I keep my phone on the charger, and I don’t use it for anything other than music. My steering wheel has features so that I can control my music from there. I also have Bluetooth technology which helps if I need to call one of my parents. I won’t text though.
Murphy Law Firm: Well, we are going to hold you to it!
Abigail: My mom has an app too, called Live360, which she also installed on my phone. It sends her reports about my driving, and whether or not I’m using the phone to call or text. I didn’t like it at first, but now I do, because it’s helped me really improve my driving.
Murphy Law Firm: Wow. That sounds like a pretty cool app!
Abigail’s Mom: Yeah, I really like the app. It tells me if she does any sudden breaking, if she is speeding, her location, and when she gets home, and if she calls or texts anyone. You do have to pay for the reports though.
Murphy Law Firm: Well, awesome. We will have to tell our readers about it too for their teenagers. I want to thank all of you for coming in and interviewing with us. I can’t wait to share your essay with the world, and we wish you the best of luck at MSU!